YDSinATL Information & Schedule


UPDATE: GA students save $10 on registration!

YDS is headed South! Join us for a weekend of exciting speakers and workshops in Atlanta this August. 

The South has a rich history of socialism and populism that is largely ignored and forgotten. Many are familiar with civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., but few still know that he was a strong critic of capitalism who urged us to “move toward a democratic socialism.” Even fewer know about Louisiana Governor Huey Long’s cry to “share the wealth,” or the decades long history of fast food strikes in the south that have lasted from the 1970s to today. As the area was overwhelmed with conservative elected officials in recent decades, many northerners wrote off the South as a lost cause.

But many Southerners know that a strong socialist movement is perhaps more critical in the South than anywhere else, given how reactionary politics have been steadily exported to the rest of the country. Though the national political and cultural atmosphere moves ever more to the right, we can look to the South for hope. The late Chokwe Lumumba left behind a movement for worker-owned cooperatives in Jackson, Mississippi, and nationally we are receiving increasing calls from Southerners wanting to start DSA and YDS chapters to build an openly socialist presence in their communities.

YDS15 Group Photo
YDS15 National Conference in New York City

With the help of Metro Atlanta DSA, we are holding our summer conference in radical Atlanta, to strengthen our southern network and support the growing socialist movement in the south!


There are many ways to get to Atlanta, but we understand many students and young adults are on a budget! Please review the following wallet-friendly suggestions for getting to YDSinATL:

TRAVEL: For those traveling by aircheck out this page for tips on booking the most affordable flights into Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). If you are closer, you may also want to consider traveling by bus on BoltBus or Megabus, or carpooling with a nearby DSA or nearby YDS chapter that might be driving in from your area!

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP (DEADLINE July 1st): Though we cannot waive the conference registration fee, we can help cover travel costs in some cases. Preference is given to DSA/YDS members (Not yet a member? Students join here for only $20/year). Fill out the Travel Scholarship form here: bit.ly/1QpK8U6

>>> Help raise contributions to the Youth Scholarship FundYou can help raise your Travel Scholarship prize and help others get to YDSinATL by encouraging others to contribute to the Youth Scholarship Fund, which funds our Travel Scholarships. Share the following link with friends, family and professors and kindly ask them to contribute (donations of $100+ receive a special "thank you" print in the event program. All donations are tax-deductible): bit.ly/1G4iNgf

HOUSING: We recommend you first explore your personal networks to see if you might know someone (or someone who knows someone) in Atlanta. We may be able to help find local supporter housing, though spaces are extremely limited. You can also search for affordable hostels in Decatur or near the MARTA public transit stop. If you have the means to stay in a hotel or motel, please do book at a union establishment (see UNITE HERE to find union hotels).


Schedule subject to changes and updates.
Friday, August 07, 2015
4PM: Welcome & Registration
5PM: History of Socialism in the South
Saturday, August 08, 2015
9AM: Coffee & Icebreaker
9:30AM: What is Socialist Strategy?
11AM: Educational Workshops
1PM: Skills Workshops
2PM: YDS National Conferencing
4PM: Caucus Meetups
5PM: YDSinATL Party!
Sunday, August 09, 2015
12:30PM: Closing/Goodbyes!