Special Report from the 2015 YDS Conference!

By Hope Adair and Brandon Payton-Carillo
Cross-posted from The Modern Socialist
Brandon and Dustin leading a workshop on Propaganda / The Modern Socialist

We are nearing the end of our sojourn up into the freezing north in the name of Socialism! We would be home already but…. snow happened, in a big way, so we are staying warm in DC until (hopefully) later this afternoon. The good news, lovely comrades, is that this gives us time to reflect on our conference experiences.

First off, what an incredible group of people! It is so exciting to see young socialists engaging in frank and serious discussions of this caliber. Highlights included group discussions with Joseph Schwartz, Neal Meyer, and David Duhalde, among others, and break out sessions covering a range of topics. We were happy to be in attendance, and led sessions on Organizing in the South and Propaganda. Emphasis this year was on the importance of Intersectionality and developing strong local chapters nationwide, both goals that stand to help the DSA position itself better in the long run.

That’s all for now, I’m sure we will be posting a more thorough report after we get settled in. Cheers!

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)