Reflection & Photos: YDS15

Young Democratic Socialists 2015: Toward a Democratic Left (#YDS15) took place between February 13-15 in New York City. Over 100 YDS and young DSA members registered and attended the event throughout the weekend. Attendees took part in over a dozen plenaries and workshops, including "Socialists at the Ballot Box," "Propaganda," "Organizing in the South," and more. Noelle Nieves Flynn, co-founder of Young Democratic Socialists - Northampton Community College, reflects on her time at YDS15 below:
Noelle Nieves Flynn, YDS_NCCThe only conferences I had ever been to before were sci-fi conferences, to accompany friends. When I heard about Young Democratic Socialists 2015, I decided that this was my chance to finally participate in something that I was personally passionate about: democratic socialism...

YDS15 was just as awesome as I expected it to be. The organizers had planned every event, from workshops to help build organizing skills, to prominent DSA speakers. There was nothing more fun than being surrounded by other students and activists, some new to socialism and others seasoned organizers and speakers.

Being able to take part in the winter conference is something I would encourage anyone questioning capitalism to do, even if they aren't yet decidedly socialist. Hearing about how socialism works, and being around a network as supportive as YDS, helped me remember that even though things can get tough, I can always depend on other democratic socialists. I would definitely go again, and hopefully be able to inspire others to take their first step towards changing the world.

Noelle Nieves Flynn (@YDS_NCC) is a co-founder of the YDS chapter at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.

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)