YDS Co-Chair in Washington Post on Millennials and Socialism!

Young Democratic Socialists national Co-Chair Jack Suria Linares was published in the Washington Post in response to their symposium on democratic socialism. Jack explains why socialism is popular with millennials and will continue to be.

Christine Emba’s March 25 Washington Forum commentary, “Millennials embrace ‘socialism,’ ” did not seriously consider why millennials across our country have departed from politics as usual. For us, socialism is a liberating term and a framework that will accomplish what liberalism has continuously failed to fully achieve.

Socialism aims for neither FDR liberalism nor some form of authoritarian regime. Rather, socialism strives for women; workers; people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and other oppressed groups to have democratic ownership of their own communities, organizations and workplaces. We reject a socialism whereby the state controls everything. Instead, we desire a socialism built on social movements, inherent human rights and an elected government that defends the people, not the billionaire class.

Economic liberalism, advocated by Republicans and corporate Democrats, will never achieve full freedom, liberty and individual rights because it defends private property at the cost of social justice. People and our labor, not bosses and the market, move our country forward. To obtain full freedom, we will have to transition£ to a society in which people have a legitimate democratic voice in the workplace and in everyday life.

We believe people will come around to seeing democratic socialism as the best alternative to politics as usual.

Jack Suria Linares, New York

The writer is co-chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Young Democratic Socialists, the youth section of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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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)