Convention Bulletin #1

June 18, 2017


Here’s some helpful deadlines and information about the upcoming DSA National Convention, taking place this August 3rd to 6th in Chicago. This is the first of a series of frequent bulletins intended to keep members updated and informed as we head into the last few weeks before the event.

This is our biggest convention ever! We hope this bulletin helps break down the many moving parts going into this process. We are so grateful to our amazing members for their understanding during this exciting and historic period of growing American socialism!

Housing

DSA will be providing the option of on-site dorm housing for those attending the convention from Thursday to Saturday nights (check out on Sunday). Early bird housing is priced at $50 per night for a single room and $20 per night for a double room with a roommate. The deadline to register for early bird housing is Wednesday, July 5th. After July 5th, regular prices for housing will be $60 per night for a single room and $30 per night for a double room with a roommate. Please note: we must provide a housing list a month in advance to the school dormitories. Register for housing here. You can pick roommates when you register.

Scholarships

We want to make this convention as affordable possible, but the direct costs alone will likely top $180,000. In addition to the subsidized registration and housing rates, financial aid is available from DSA to help offset the costs of attending the convention. Local chapters should fundraise for your delegates, but to support at-large members the national raises scholarship money.

Update: scholarship applications are closed as of July 10th.

Priorities Resolution

Priorities Resolution proposals are due Thursday, June 20 (though will be accepted the following week if your chapter can’t get them in by June 20th). The goal of the Priorities Resolution is to help convention attendees come to broad strategic agreement around DSA’s key organizational priorities over the coming two years. Proposals can be for a project, or a campaign. Please see the guidelines for information about Pre-Convention Priorities Resolution Discussions within DSA local chapters. The links to submit Priorities Resolution Proposals are included in the link above.

General Resolutions

The deadline to submit general political resolutions is Friday, July 14. Members in good standing can submit resolutions. These resolutions can be in regards to any aspect of DSA’s politics and vision.

At-Large Delegate Self-Nominations

In addition to the delegates local chapters elect, the convention also has space for at-large delegates. At-large delegates are members in organizing committees and those without chapters at all. The deadline to nominate yourself as an At-Large Delegate is Saturday, June 25th. Submit nominations here. Voting will be open online from July 1st through July 10th. Candidate statements will be listed on the convention website.

Constitutional Amendments

Amendments submissions to our constitution are due by Friday, June 30th. Amendments can be submitted using this form.

Delegate Election Results

If your chapter held a delegate election, please report the results here. Submit these results no later than by Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.

National Political Committee Elections

At the convention, we will elect our national leadership, called the National Political Committee. Any DSA member in good standing can nominate themselves or another member in good standing for election to the NPC. Please include a candidacy statement and photo if you choose to submit a name. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 28th.

Note: we will hold a conference call in the next few weeks to talk in detail about the role of the NPC and the “job description” of an NPCer as well as the election process. We will also be establishing a website where all NPC candidates will submit candidate statements and be able to respond to questions from DSA members about their candidacies.

July 15 Priorities Virtual Conference

We will hold a “virtual” conference of DSAers across the country Saturday, July 15th from 2 to 6 PM Eastern Time to discuss, debate, and take straw polls on a set of proposals that reflect the most broadly supported proposals from the chapter discussions. Chapters should begin making preparations for this now.

Young Democratic Socialists

The Young Democratic Socialists will be hosting its annual summer conference alongside the DSA convention. YDSers interested in learning more and attending that programming can find more information here. YDS will vote on its new leadership, resolutions, and political priorities.

DSA Rose Radio

Rose Radio is DSA’s monthly podcast where we interview DSAers doing great organizing, update folks about national DSA’s work and take crowd-sourced questions from DSAers. Check out our inaugural episode!

Volunteer

As we said, this is our largest convention ever, by an order of magnitude,and we need your help to make it a success! If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, please fill out this form.

Convention Bulletin #2

June 22, 2017


This week’s bulletin includes information on:

  • Constitutional Amendment Proposals
  • Chair of Delegations
  • At-Large Delegates
  • The Virtual Strategy Video Conference
  • General Resolutions and Priorities Resolutions
  • Running for the National Political Committee
  • Housing
  • Scholarships
  • Registration
  • Reporting Chapter Delegates
  • Volunteering
  • 2017 Young Democratic Socialists Conference

Key Deadlines in the next two weeks:

  • Friday, June 30th- Constitutional amendment proposals due
  • Wednesday, July 5th- Last day for Early Bird Registration; Chapter delegate reports due
  • Friday, July 7th- Scholarship applications due
  • Sunday, July 9th- Last day for Early Bird Housing Prices; Wednesday and Sunday night housing closes
  • Friday, July 14th- General Resolutions due

Have a question not answered below? Check out the FAQs on the convention website here.

Constitutional Amendment Proposals Deadline Constitutional amendments submissions are due by this Friday, June 30th. Amendments can be submitted using this form.

Chair of Delegations Each chapter will elect a delegation chair. The delegation chair will be responsible for liaising with staff and convention organizers and for official communications with the Convention Secretary. Please see this link for more information about this role.

At-Large Delegates Due to a low number of nominations, there will not be an At-Large Delegate election. However, At-Large members will still be able to register for at-large delegate spots until July 15th or all 228 spots have been filled, whichever comes first. All delegates - At-Large as well as chapter delegates - must register here. At-Large delegates are those coming from areas with no recognized DSA group, areas with organizing committees, or communities with chapters that did not form in time to receive delegate apportionment.

Virtual Strategy Video Conference Agenda The virtual conference on Saturday, July 15th will be from 2:00-6:00PM Eastern. The convention delegates from each chapter (or several chapters together if you wish) will get together in a room, with a TV screen or projector you can connect to a laptop, and join a nationwide WebEx session with folks from chapters around the country. The rough agenda is as follows:

  • 10 minutes: Intro
  • 30 - 45 minutes: Go over convention logistics for 1st time convention-goers, take questions
  • 2 - 2.5 hours: Structured debate of most widely-shared priorities discussions
  • 30 - 45 minutes: Straw poll within each chapter to rank priorities
  • 10 minutes: Thanks and next steps.

The final agenda will depend on the outcome of our chapter-level priorities discussions. It will be released before the video conference.

Housing The rates for dorm housing go up on Monday, July 10th.

  • Singles go from $50 to $60 a night
  • Doubles go up from $20 to $30 per person per night. Here is the link to pay for housing. If you would like to request a roommate, you can do so when you complete Step 2 registration, which we receive only after you pay your registration fee.
  • Please note that you will not be able to register for Wednesday or Sunday night housing after July 9th. What is the quality of the housing? These are dorms. Please note that the rooms will be minimal
  • Bathrooms: The housing provided is dorm-style meaning that bathrooms are shared.
    • If you are staying in a double you will be sharing a bathroom with other people on your floor.
    • If you are staying in a single you will be be in a suite-style configuration which means you will be sharing common space and a bathroom with up to 7 other individuals.
    • For families and persons with accessibility needs please specify this on your registration form. We will work to make arrangements that suit your needs.
  • Room Keys: You will be receiving a ring of keys including front door key, room key, bathroom key, and possibly more. We recommend taking the time to learn the keys as they can be confusing.
  • Amenities Provided: UIC will provide bedding, towels, and shampoo. We recommend bringing flip-flops for use while showering.
  • Check-in/Check-out: Check-in and check-out go from 10am-10pm. Please note that while you can check-in/out outside of these hours, the process may take significantly longer.
  • WiFi: Complimentary wifi is NOT provided. WiFi is available to purchase at a cost of $10 per/person. Please note, it can take upwards of 24 hours to be activated. Therefore, if you are interested in purchasing WiFi we recommend doing so on arrival.

General Resolutions Any delegate, local chapter or member may submit a general resolution to be considered at the convention. General Resolutions can be in regards to any aspect of DSA’s politics and vision. Members can submit general resolutions using this template. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 14th, 2017.

NPC Candidacy Form At the convention, we will elect our national leadership, called the National Political Committee (NPC). Any DSA member in good standing is eligible for election as an NPC Member. Any member may nominate their/him/herself for such positions, and any DSA member, local chapter or national working group, or the NPC may nominate any DSA member in good standing to such position provided the nominee submits a written statement indicating a willingness to serve. Nominee’s statements must be submitted with the nomination or prior to the time of election.

  • The deadline to submit nominations for the NPC will be the end of Friday, July 28, 2017. Please use this form to submit NPC Nominations.
  • You read a short “job description of an NPCer” here.
  • National DSA has organized a conference call about the duties of an NPCer on Tuesday, July 11 at 9:00PM Eastern. Click here to RSVP.

Priorities Resolutions Priorities Resolutions are intended to help convention attendees come to broad strategic agreement around DSA’s key organizational priorities over the coming two years. Campaign Priorities Resolutions are proposals for a campaign or project you think DSA should implement at the National Level over the coming two years (such as Sanders work, Student Debt, etc.). Priorities resolutions that are not for a particular campaign but rather are a proposal for changing DSA’s organizing strategy, a proposal for reaching particular organizing goals, or some other organizational priority that isn’t directly related to a single-issue campaign are Non-Campaign Priorities Resolutions.

  • Please use this form to submit campaign priorities resolutions.
  • Please use this form to submit non-campaign priorities resolutions. All Priorities Resolutions were technically due June 20, but if your chapter has had a priorities resolution discussion and has not yet submitted the results of that discussion, please do so immediately.

Scholarships We want to make this convention as affordable as possible, but the direct costs alone will likely top $180,000. In addition to the subsidized registration and housing rates, financial aid is available from DSA to help offset the costs of attending the convention. Local chapters should fundraise for their delegates, but any member in need can apply for a national scholarship as well. This applies to both chapter and at-large delegates. Because members-at-large do not have the financial support of a local DSA chapter, we will prioritize their applications. To donate to the national scholarship fund, use this link.

Update: scholarship applications are now closed.

Registration After Wednesday, July 5th, early bird registration will end and the rates for registration will increase. For observers, the cost will go from $175 to $225. For low income individuals, the cost will go from $75 to $125. Sustainer rates will go from $175 to $225 and Solidarity rates will go from $275 to $375. You can register here.

Chapter Delegate Election Results In order to reserve enough beds and food, we need chapter leaders to report your convention delegate results here! Please report your delegates here by Wednesday, July 5th.

Volunteer Many people have already volunteered but we still need as many hands on deck as possible. If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, please fill out this form.

2017 Young Democratic Socialists Annual Conference This year, the __YDS Annual Conference __will be held alongside the DSA National Convention. It will be at the same location at the same time, and the YDS Conference will be part of the overall programming for the DSA Convention. YDS will be debating priorities and resolutions, and electing a new national leadership to help usher the organization into a new period of campus activism. All YDS members are encouraged to attend. (A YDS member is a DSA member under 31 or is a student.)

For more information on submissions or logistics for the YDS Conference, please visit the YDS conference page here. For questions, please email Ryan Mosgrove, National Youth Organizer for YDS, at rmosgrove [at] dsausa [dot] org.

Convention Bulletin #3

June 28, 2017


The DSA convention is getting closer and closer! We already have dozens more people registered for this convention than we had attend the last one. For context, our 2015 convention was our largest in decades at about 125 people. This August, we anticipate several hundred delegates and participants. Comrades, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE! We have a tiny staff for our national scope and membership size and are working hard to do an event on this scale.

BIG NEWS: convention website! To make this process easier for you, we have a stand alone website just dedicated to the 2017 convention. We’ll be continually adding new information and archiving these bulletins. We will transition all information from the main DSA website onto this new special convention website.

Housing
  • DSA will provide the option of on-site dorm housing for those attending the convention from Thursday to Saturday nights (check out on Sunday).
    • The deadline to add extra nights to your registration is Friday, July 9th.
    • Nights you can add are:
    • Wednesday, August 2nd
    • Sunday, August 6th
  • Register for housing here. (You can pick roommates when you register.)
  • Early bird pricing ends Sunday, July 9th.
    • $50 per night/single room
    • $20 per person per night/double room with a roommate.
  • Regular prices for housing ends Friday July 23rd.
    • $60 per night/single room
    • $30 per person per night/double room with a roommate.
  • The final deadline for housing is July 23rd. We will be UNABLE to honor housing requests after that deadline has passed.
Chapter Delegate Election Results
Scholarships
  • We want to make this convention as affordable as possible, but the direct costs alone will likely top $180,000. In addition to the subsidized registration and housing rates, financial aid is available from DSA to help offset the costs of attending the convention. Local chapters should fundraise for their delegates, but any member in need can apply for a national scholarship as well.This applies to both chapter and at-large delegates. Because members-at-large do not have the financial support of a local DSA chapter, we will prioritize their applications.

To donate to the national scholarship fund, use this link.

Update: scholarship applications are now closed.

2017 Young Democratic Socialists Annual Conference

This year, the YDS Annual Conference will be held alongside the DSA National Convention. It will be at the same location at the same time, and the YDS Conference will be part of the overall programming for the DSA Convention. YDS will be debating priorities and resolutions, and electing a new national leadership to help usher the organization into a new period of campus activism. All members are encouraged to attend.

For more information on submissions or logistics for the YDS Conference, please visit the YDS conference page here. For questions, please email Ryan Mosgrove, National Youth Organizer for YDS, at rmosgrove [at] dsausa [dot] org.

National Political Committee
  • At the convention, we elect the National Political Committee (NPC). The NPC is a 16-person body that serves as the democratically elected member leadership of DSA. The committee works closely with the national staff and DSA local leaders & membership to implement the priorities voted on at the convention and carry out the day-to-day needs of the organization. Members serve two-year terms and are expected to attend three annual meetings.
    • We’ll have a conference call to explain more of the duties and responsibilities of an NPCer on Tuesday, July 11th at 9pm Eastern, RSVP link to be sent later.
    • The deadline for NPC candidate nominations is Friday, July 28th.
    • Future bulletins will provide details on how to announce candidacy.
Priorities Resolutions
  • By now, your chapter should have held a discussion about Priorities Resolutions - the special resolutions to be passed at the convention that guide our activist work over two years. In the meeting, you should pick up to three items you believe could be priorities for national DSA work. Your chapter or an individual should ASAP fill out the submission form for review by a national committee that will synthesize proposed resolutions or find areas of high interest.
    • If the priorities involve a national campaign, like our work to elect Bernie Sanders or to stop student debt, please fill out this form.
    • If the priorities are more like projects internal to DSA, such as building new organizational infrastructure or regional focus, please fill out this form.
General Resolutions
  • The deadline to submit general political resolutions is Friday, July 14. Members in good standing can submit resolutions using this template. These resolutions can be in regards to any aspect of DSA’s politics and vision.

Here are examples of general resolutions from the 2015 convention. Please note the first resolution listed is actually a Priorities Resolution. The rest are General Resolutions.

Constitutional Amendments
  • Amendments submissions to our constitution are due by Friday, June 30th. Amendments can be submitted using this form.
Volunteer
  • Many people have already volunteered but we still need as many hands on deck as possible. If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, please fill out this form.

Reminder: the Convention Page includes an FAQ page! Please make sure to read that before reaching out to the national office or national leaders - you will likely find your answer there!

Convention Bulletin #4

July 7, 2017


In This Bulletin:

  • Observer Capacity Reached
  • Scholarship Deadline Extended
  • At-Large Delegates: Must Register by 7/15
  • Key Housing Deadlines This Weekend
  • Virtual Conference on 7/15
  • Resolutions
  • National Political Committee Applications
  • Constitutional Amendment Proposals Now Viewable
  • How to Report Chair of Delegations
  • Travel Share Guidance
  • Budget for Conference
Observer Capacity Reached

As expected, registrations have gone up quickly. Due to space limitations, we are now at capacity for observers and are no longer accepting new observers.

Scholarship Update: Deadline Extension

We have an exciting update on convention scholarships. Over the holiday weekend, an anonymous donor gave a very large contribution to the scholarship fund to help us be sure that no delegate is turned away due to lack of funds.

The scholarship deadline is now Monday, July 10. ALL scholarship applicants will be grandfathered into early bird registration and early bird housing rates. Applications for scholarships have closed Scholarship applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.

We urge any delegate, alternate, or YDS member in need of financial support to fill out a scholarship application as soon as possible. Due to this new contribution, we will be able to provide support to some chapter delegates who have not yet raised sufficient funds from local fundraising. If you have delegates in your chapter who have financial need and have been unable to raise the full amount required to attend, please encourage them to apply for a scholarship.

Scholarship applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. Prior scholarship applicants will hear back on decisions shortly. We will first reach out to applicants who need flights so that they can make travel decisions.

At-Large Delegates

The deadline to register as an at-large delegate is Saturday, July 15th. According to our bylaws, one-half of the available positions for at-large delegates must be reserved for women and one-fifth of the available positions must be reserved for national and racial minorities. All seated delegates must have paid DSA dues through September 2017. At-large delegate spots are just for members residing in organizing committee jurisdictions or where there is no formally recognized DSA group at all.

Housing

The rates for dorm housing go up this Monday, July 10th.

  • Singles go from $50 to $60 a night
  • Doubles go up from $20 to $30 per person per night.

Here is the link to pay for housing. If you would like to request a roommate, you can do so when you complete Step 2 registration, which we receive only after you or your local pays your registration fee.

Wednesday and Sunday night housing is no longer available.

What is the quality of the housing?

  • These are dorms. Please note that the rooms will be minimal.
  • Bathrooms: The housing provided is dorm-style, meaning that bathrooms are shared.
  • If you are staying in a double you will be sharing a bathroom with other people on your floor.
  • If you are staying in a single you will be be in a suite-style configuration which means you will be sharing common space and a bathroom with up to 7 other individuals.
  • For families and persons with accessibility needs please specify this on your registration form. We will work to make arrangements that suit your needs.
  • Room Keys: You will be receiving a ring of keys including front door key, room key, bathroom key, and possibly more. We recommend taking the time to learn the keys as they can be confusing.
  • Amenities Provided: UIC will provide bedding, towels, and shampoo. We recommend bringing flip-flops for use while showering.
  • Check-in/Check-out: Check-in and check-out is available from 10 AM to 10 PM. Please note that although you can check-in/out outside of these hours, the process may take significantly longer than a hotel.
  • WiFi: Complimentary wireless Internet access is NOT provided. WiFi is available to purchase at a cost of $10 per/person. WiFI activation can take upwards of 24 hours, so if you are interested in purchasing WiFi we recommend doing so upon arrival.
July 15th Virtual Conference on National Priorities Proposals

The virtual conference on Saturday, July 15th will be from 2:00-6:00 PM Eastern. The convention delegates from each chapter (or several chapters together if you wish) will get together in a room, with a TV screen or projector you can connect to a laptop, and join a nationwide Zoom session with folks from chapters around the country. While convention delegates are most encouraged to attend, other chapter members are welcome to participate as well. Please find the virtual conference agenda here.

  • If your chapter is planning to participate, please email jaredabbott@g.harvard.edu ASAP with contact info for the person who will be responsible for setting up the zoom session in your chapter. We will be scheduling short zoom practice sessions with each participating chapter throughout the week next week.
  • In preparation for the July 15th virtual conference, please find a detailed summary of chapter-level discussions around DSA’s national priorities here.
Resolutions

Any delegate, local chapter or member may submit a general resolution to be considered at the convention. General Resolutions can be in regards to any aspect of DSA’s politics and vision. Members can submit general resolutions using this template. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 14th, 2017.

  • A series of conference calls will be held in late July to give DSA delegates a chance to discuss/debate resolutions that have been submitted prior to the convention. Dates of the calls will be announced in next week’s convention bulletin.
NPC Applications

At the convention, we will elect our national leadership, called the National Political Committee (NPC). Any DSA member whose dues are current through September 2017 is eligible for election as an NPC Member. Any member may nominate their/himself/herself for such positions, and any DSA member, local chapter or national working group, or the NPC may nominate any DSA member whose dues are current through September 2017 to such position provided the nominee submits a written statement indicating a willingness to serve. Nominee’s statements must be submitted with the nomination or prior to the time of election.

  • The deadline to submit nominations for the NPC will be the midnight Friday, July 28, 2017. Please use this form to submit NPC Nominations.
  • You read a short “job description of an NPCer” here.
  • National DSA has organized a conference call about the duties of an NPCer on Tuesday, July 11 9:00-10:00 PM ET/8 CT/7MT/6PT. Click here to RSVP.
Constitutional Amendments

Twenty-one constitutional amendment proposals were submitted to the convention resolutions committee. The committee decided that some of them were in a form to be circulated to convention delegates immediately (as required by the rules) while others either needed some technical changes or, in some way, overlapped with or duplicated other proposals. Please find a list of the amendments that are ready for delegate review here. The remaining proposals will be circulated to the delegates as soon as possible, likely in the next week.

Chair of Delegation

Each chapter will elect a delegation chair. The delegation chair will be responsible for liaising with staff and convention organizers and for official communications with the Convention Secretary. Please see this link for more information about this role. Use this form to report who will be chairing your delegation.

Travel Share

Delegates to the convention participate in a mandatory travel share program that is intended to equalize or offset transportation costs. Delegates pay into the travel pool in one of two ways:

  • One pool is for people who fly. The average cost will be calculated at convention and the travel pool funds distributed accordingly. In other words, if you spend more than the travel share, you will receive a refund after the convention. But if you get a flight that is below the travel share, you are expected to pay into the travel share fund to subsidize others.
  • One pool is for people who commute locally, drive, or take the bus or train, or use frequent flier miles. They will cover their own expenses and, in addition, above that pay a fixed travel fee of $75 to the convention. If you are choosing this option, you can make your payment here.
Budget of Conference

Members have requested a budget of the conference to understand the full costs. Here is the projected budget the staff worked off of to create the pricing of the conference. The math behind these numbers can be found here. There you can see the 2015 budget, which when compared to 2017’s budget, shows how the organization has dramatically grown. As you can see, the average cost per delegate without housing is around $240. Except for the Solidarity rates, all rates are a subsidized, not counting any additional scholarship money a delegate may receive.

We anticipate many questions about the budget. We will do our best to answer them in a timely fashion, but please understand in the final month of the convention, we have to triage. Feel free to email David Duhalde (dduhalde@dsausa.org) with direct questions.

(We are also working on an updated DSA budget spreadsheet and will schedule a conference call for members to explain the basics of our income and expenses in the next two weeks, to inform convention discussions.)

Volunteers

Many people have already volunteered but we still need as many hands on deck as possible. If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, please fill out this form.

Convention Bulletin #5

July 13, 2017


In This Bulletin

  • Saturday 7/15: Final Day for At-Large Delegate Registration
  • Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments Updates
  • DSA Chat for Delegate Discussion
  • Wednesday 7/19: DSA Financial Picture Conference Call
  • Run for the National Political Committee
  • Tabling
  • Requesting Rooms
  • Delegate Orientation Conference Calls
  • Housing
  • Child Watch
  • Volunteer
Saturday is the Final Day for At-Large Delegate Registration

The deadline to register as an at-large delegate is Saturday, July 15th. According to our bylaws, one-half of the available positions for at-large delegates must be reserved for women and non-gender conforming members and one-fifth of the available positions must be reserved for people of color. All seated delegates must have paid DSA dues through September 2017. At-large delegate spots are just for members residing in organizing committee jurisdictions or where there is no formally recognized DSA group at all.

July 15th Virtual Priorities Discussion Conference

Our Virtual Priorities conference is nearly upon us! Tomorrow (Saturday from 2 to 6 PM Eastern) chapters from around the country and a host of at-large members will come together to discuss and debate what DSA’s strategy should be around key priority areas that came out of our chapter-level priorities discussion (Medicare for All, Labor, Electoral). We’ve already been in contact with most chapters to test the online meeting room platform we’ll be using for the conference (zoom), but if your chapter is planning to participate and you have not yet reached out to me about who the person running point for tech from your chapter will be, please do so asap.

Please find detailed agenda/logistical information here.

Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments

The deadline to submit resolutions to be considered at the convention was July 14.

  • We will release resolution proposals after the July 15 virtual discussion. Resolutions received after the release of this bulletin, as well as resolution proposals already received that require revision before they can be accepted by the resolutions committee, will be posted on the convention website asap and included in next week’s convention bulletin.
  • Please find a complete list of submitted constitutional amendment proposals here.
  • Individuals or groups may submit amendments to submitted resolutions and/or amendments to be considered by the convention. These will be due July 26th and can be submitted via this form.
  • In order to determine which specific resolutions and amendments will be prioritized prioritized for discussion at the convention, the resolutions committee will be sending out an anonymous poll to all convention delegates on July 21st (with a deadline of July 25) asking them to 1) prioritize submitted resolution/amendment proposals based on what they think deserves the most debate/discussion at the convention, and 2) if, at the point of voting, they would vote for or against a given resolution or constitutional amendment.
    • Resolutions/amendments around which there is considerable agreement among the delegates will be included in a “consensus calendar” document to be voted on as a bloc at the convention (this will save limited debate time at the convention).
    • Resolutions/amendments around which there is not considerable agreement and which the largest number of convention delegates deem most important to debate/discuss at the convention will be raised on the floor of the convention (a final list of these resolutions/amendments will not be known until after the July 21st delegate poll is completed, most likely July 30th or 31st).
    • Resolutions/amendments around which here is not considerable agreement but which are deemed of low importance by the convention delegates will be tabled for consideration by the incoming National Political Committee
    • In order to provide additional space for delegates to debate/discuss key resolutions and constitutional amendment, in the week prior to the convention we will hold a series of conference calls to give DSA delegates a chance to discuss/debate resolutions that have been submitted prior to the convention. Dates of these calls are being finalized and will be announced asap (there will be multiple calls at different times so at least one show work for most delegates’ schedules.
DSA Chat for Delegate Discussion

For pre-convention debate, because email can be unwieldy and not everyone is on Facebook, the National Political Committee has designated the online discussion website DSA Chat as a place for ALL DELEGATES to discuss and debate convention matters, such as:

  • Priorities resolution proposals
  • General political resolutions
  • Proposals for constitutional amendments

It’s also a place where National Political Committee candidates can put forth their views on future direction of the organization.

Click here to see instructions on how to sign up for DSA Chat. We have tech support to help you! You will be invited to the special #delegate channel by the tech team.

DSA Financial Picture

To ensure that delegates have the financial information needed to make major decisions about DSA’s next steps, the Budget and Finance Committee of the NPC is holding a video conference call. All DSA members are welcome to call in to review the 2017 organizational and national convention budgets and discuss any questions and concerns you may have.

  • The call will be Wednesday, July 19th from 9-10 Eastern.
  • Click here to RSVP and get emailed the call-in information. (Please note this call will be held via zoom, which allows for video, internet audio, and phone participation)

If you cannot participate and would like more information, please feel free to contact Sasha, DSA’s Operations Director, at shammad [at] dsausa [dot] org.

Run for the National Political Committee

At the convention, we will elect our national leadership, the National Political Committee (NPC). Any DSA member whose dues are paid through September 2017 is eligible for election as an NPC Member. Any member may self-nominate for the NPC. Any DSA member, local chapter or national working group, or the NPC may nominate any DSA member whose dues are paid through September 2017 for the NPC, provided the nominee submits a written statement indicating a willingness to serve by the time nominations close. Each nominee’s statement must be submitted by the time nominations close.

  • The deadline to submit nominations for the NPC will be midnight (EDT) Friday, July 28, 2017. Please use this form to submit NPC Nominations.
  • You can read a short “job description of an NPCer” here.
Pre-Convention NPC Candidate Debate

In order to facilitate delegate familiarity with NPC candidates and their visions for DSA’s future, we will be creating a series of virtual public events in the weeks leading up to the convention:

  • Putting candidate bios and statements of purpose on the DSA convention website
  • Holding virtual “townhalls” on DSA’s convention rocket chat (this will go live early next week)with candidates where convention delegates may ask candidates questions over the course of 2 hours. These will be held Sunday, July 30th and Monday, July 31st from 7-9pm eastern. All delegates are encouraged to attend either or both townhalls, both of which will be moderated by DSA national leaders who are no running for the NPC.
  • Crowd-sourced questions from DSA members for NPC candidates. In the 2 weeks leading up to the convention, we will solicit questions from DSA’s membership on social media and in the convention bulletin directed toward NPC candidates. A week before the convention we will submit a list of the most widely-asked questions to all npc candidates and they will each post responses on the DSA convention website.
Tabling

DSA has options for tabling the convention for both internal groups and outside organizations. Because of the costs of our convention, we reserve the right to charge non-DSA affiliates. The deadline to apply for a table is July 30th. If you or your organization are interested in tabling the convention please fill out this form.

Requesting Rooms

Members can request space to have caucuses, social events, and other specific activities during the downtime of the convention including meals. DSA can provide limited room for these meetings at the venue. It is best to reserve by July 30th to be guaranteed a space. We make no promises for groups after that date. Please fill out this form to submit a request to reserve space at the convention.

Delegate Orientation Conference Calls

What will convention sessions be like? What is the dress code? Got questions about convention? We’ve got answers! We will have several conference calls for delegates, especially first-time delegates, on the week leading up to the convention.

  • Click here to RSVP and get call in information for Monday 7/31 at 5pm Eastern
  • Click here to RSVP and get call in information for Tuesday 8/1 at 6pm Eastern
  • Click here to RSVP and get call in information for Tuesday 8/1 at 9pm Eastern

Watch out for delegate pool and workshop survey.

Housing

The rates for dorm housing went up Monday, July 10th.

  • Singles are now $60 a night
  • Doubles are now $30 per person per night.

Here is the link to pay for housing. If you would like to request a roommate, you can do so when you complete Step 2 registration, which we receive only after you or your chapter pays your registration fee.

  • You can no longer register for Wednesday or Sunday night housing.
  • Please see previous bulletins, which are searchable, for more details on what amenities come with the housing.
Child Watch

We believe parents and guardians should be able to participate fully in DSA. As such, we are organizing volunteers to provide child watch during the convention.

If you plan to bring children and need volunteers to watch them during convention hours, please fill out this pre-registration form by July 27 so that we may plan accordingly.

Volunteers Needed

Many people have already volunteered but we still need as many hands on deck as possible. If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, please fill out this form.

We need more child watch volunteers! If you can volunteer part of your time to supervise and play with the next generation of democratic socialists, please let us know in the form above.

Convention Bulletin #6

July 20, 2017


In this Bulletin
  • Let’s hit 25k members!
  • Most Current Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments Updates
  • YDS Conference Bulletin
  • Seeking Experienced Parliamentarians
  • Housing
  • DSA History
  • DSA Chat for Non-Facebook Online Delegate Discussion
  • Run for the National Political Committee
  • Requesting to Table
  • Requesting Rooms for Self-Organized Time
  • Delegate Orientation Conference Calls
  • Reminder: Vote on Changing the Convention Schedule by July 26
  • Child Watch
  • Volunteers Needed
  • DSA Financial Picture Call Report Back
  • DSA Quiz
  • At-Large Delegate Registration is CLOSED
  • Delegate Travel Share
Let’s hit 25K: An easy way to get DSA to 25,000 members!

Democratic Socialists of America officially hit 24,000 members this past week! If every delegate and observer recruits one person before the convention we can hit 25,000 members. Send this link to those you think might be ready to be an organized socialist!

Most Current Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments Updates

Check out this link to “Voting at the Convention” which includes a list of the most current resolutions and constitutional amendments.

  • Once you have had a chance to review all the proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions, please take a moment to fill out this poll that will allow us to determine which amendment proposals/resolutions should be prioritized for debate at the convention. The deadline for completing the poll is Tuesday, July 25th.
    • After the results of the survey are reviewed, the resolutions committee, in consultation with the National Political Committee, will finalize a schedule of debate to be released on or before July 30th.
    • We will also be sending out a 2nd poll after the schedule of debates has been finalized, asking you to record which of the resolutions we will not have time to debate on the floor of the convention you would be in favor of. This will help the resolutions committee determine which resolutions can be included in a “consent agenda” including all relatively non-controversial resolutions that can be adopted as a block at the convention.
  • You may also propose an amendment to any of the proposed amendments or resolutions, which you should submit by using this form. The deadline for submitting amendments is July 26th.
  • A final priorities resolution, drafted by a committee of DSA chapter leaders based on the results of our chapter-level priorities discussion, individual-level poll of DSA’s membership around national priorities, and our recent virtual priorities conference, will be released early next week for delegate review.
  • Please feel free contact Jared at Jaredabbott@g.harvard.edu if you have any questions about the amendments/resolutions process.
YDS Conference Bulletin

The YDS Conference Bulletin has been released. The bulletin contains a complete list of candidates and submissions which will be voted on by the youth section during the DSA Convention. The YDS Conference will take place alongside the DSA Convention in a separate area of UIC, on Saturday, August 5th from 10 am to 1 pm. View the YDS Bulletin here. For questions about receiving credentials for the YDS Conference, please email the Ryan Mosgrove at rmosgrove@dsausa.org.

Updates will be sent to the YDS email list, so to sign up please visit www.ydsusa.org.

Seeking Experienced Parliamentarians

We are seeking parliamentarians for the convention! Parliamentarians are individuals in charge of moderating convention plenaries. They must be highly experienced with Robert’s Rules of Order. Familiarity with both DSA culture and convention process is desirable, as is a sense of humor and ability to moderate while under stress. Parliamentarians will be crucial to the success of the convention’s plenaries so please fill out this interest form if you are willing and able to participate.

Housing

The final deadline for housing is July 23rd. We will be UNABLE to honor housing requests after the deadline has passed. The rates for dorm housing went up Monday, July 10th.

  • Singles are now $60 a night
  • Doubles are now $30 per person per night Here is the link to pay for housing. If you would like to request a roommate, you can do so when you complete Step 2 registration, which we receive only after you or your chapter pays your registration fee.
  • You can no longer register for Wednesday or Sunday night housing.
  • Please see previous bulletins, which are searchable, for more details on what amenities come with the housing.
DSA History

Understanding the history of our movement will strengthen your ability to contribute to it today. The following document outlines the history of DSA from the 1970’s to today. The document is divided conveniently by decades, so you can read about the time periods that interest you most. The document can be found here.

DSA Chat for Non-Facebook Online Delegate Discussion

For pre-convention debate, the National Political Committee has designated the online discussion website DSA Chat as a place for ALL DELEGATES to discuss and debate convention matters, such as:

  • priorities resolution proposals
  • general political resolutions
  • proposals for constitutional amendments It’s also a place where National Political Committee candidates can put forth their views on the future direction of the organization.

Click here to see instructions on how to sign up for DSA Chat. We have tech support to help you! You will be invited to the special #delegate channel by the tech team. Interested in debating/discussing any of the resolutions or constitutional amendments that will be brought to the convention with comrades face to face (virtually) before the convention? If so, you will have three opportunities:

  • Session 1: Monday, 7/31 at 6:30 pm Eastern
  • Session 2: Tuesday, 8/1 at 6 pm Eastern
  • Session 3: Sunday 7/30 at 6 pm Eastern

All sessions will be conducted through zoom. You can access the sessions by going to this address: https://zoom.us/j/3729596158

Run for the National Political Committee

At the convention, we will elect our national leadership, the National Political Committee (NPC). Any DSA member whose dues are paid through September 2017 is eligible for election as an NPC Member. Any member may self-nominate for the NPC. Any DSA member, local chapter or national working group, or the NPC may nominate any DSA member whose dues are paid through September 2017 for the NPC, provided the nominee submits a written statement indicating a willingness to serve by the time nominations close. Each nominee’s statement must be submitted by the time nominations close. You can learn more about the NPC election process in the Temporary Convention Rules #34 to #38.

__The deadline to submit nominations for the NPC will be midnight (EDT) Friday, July 28, 2017.

  • You must use this form to submit NPC Nominations. Nominations will not be taken from the floor.__
  • You can read a short “job description of an NPCer” here.
  • Check out those running for the NPC here. The following slates are running, though not all candidates have yet filled out the NPC form on the convention website:
  • Momentum
  • Praxis The following platform is not a slate but has signatories running:
  • DSA Unity Status of NPC Candidate Slates
  • There have been a lot of questions about the technical status of slates in the NPC election process. Candidates may form or not form slates as they see fit to clarify their political perspectives, do joint campaigning, etc. However, slates have no formal status in the election process itself. That is, for the purposes of the election, every candidate, regardless of whether or not they are part of a slate, are considered individually. Delegates may vote for zero, some, or all of the candidates on a given slate, they may vote for some members of one slate and some members of another slate, or any other combination of candidates, regardless of whether or not they are or are not part of a slate. Slates are just groups of candidates who share similar political perspectives who come together to signal to delegates that they would represent roughly similar politics, but when the vote comes each delegate can choose how many, if any, of the members of a given slate they’d like to vote for, and may mix and match voting for candidates from any number of slates (and/or candidates that aren’t on slates). Candidate debate sessions: There will be two formal channels for fostering NPC candidate debate in the runup to the convention.
  • Crowd-sourced questions from DSAers will be collected next week and sent to all candidates who will have an opportunity to respond to as many of them as they wish. The candidates’ responses will then be posted on the convention website
  • There will be three live candidate debate sessions in the week before the convention. Next week each candidate will be assigned to one of the three sessions to ensure that the number of candidates on each session is manageable (we could potentially have 40-50 candidates.)
  • Next week we will send out a list of which candidates will be at each debate sessions.
    • Debate 1: Sunday 7/30 at 8 pm Eastern
    • Debate 2: Monday 7/31 at 8 pm Eastern
    • Debate 3: Tuesday 8/1 at 7:30 pm Eastern
  • All sessions will be conducted through zoom. You can access the sessions by going to this address: https://zoom.us/j/3729596158
Requesting to Table

DSA has options for tabling the convention for both internal groups and outside organizations. Because of the costs of our convention, we reserve the right to charge non-DSA affiliates. The deadline to apply for a table is July 30th. If you or your organization are interested in tabling the convention please fill out this form.

Requesting Rooms for Self-Organized Time

Members can request space to have caucuses, working group meetings, social events, and other specific activities during the downtime of the convention, including meals. DSA can provide limited room for these meetings at the venue and post in a central location who is meeting when and where.

  • Please apply for space by July 30th. We will allocate as space allows.
  • Please fill out this form to submit a request to reserve space at the convention.
Delegate Orientation Conference Calls

What will convention sessions be like? How does Robert’s Rules work? What is the dress code? How do we structure voting for the National Political Committee? Got questions about convention? We’ve got answers! We will have several conference calls for delegates, especially first-time delegates, on the week leading up to the convention.

  • Click here to RSVP and get call in information for Monday 7/31 at 5 pm Eastern
  • Click here to RSVP and get call in information for Tuesday 8/1 at 6 pm Eastern
  • Click here to RSVP and get call in information for Tuesday 8/1 at 9 pm Eastern
Reminder: Vote on Changing the Convention Schedule by July 26

As we emailed to all delegates on July 19, When the Program Committee first drafted the convention agenda, it polled chapter leaders via monthly national calls to ask how the grassroots wanted to spend our convention time. Many chapter leaders wanted a majority of time spent on skills trainings and other workshops, so the committee developed the program with that in mind. Here’s the problem.

Now that the Resolutions Committee has reviewed all the resolutions and constitutional amendments, they believe that addressing all the proposals and resolutions that have been submitted will require much more time for debate than we currently have scheduled in Chicago.

In the spirit of democracy, we want to let delegates decide. Click here to vote, no later than Wednesday, July 26.

Child Watch

Parents and guardians should be able to participate fully in DSA. We are organizing volunteers to provide child watch during the convention.

If you plan to bring children and need volunteers to watch them during convention hours, please fill out this pre-registration form by July 27 so that we may plan accordingly.

Volunteers Needed

Many people have already volunteered but we still need as many hands on deck as possible. If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, please fill out this form.

We need more child watch volunteers! If you can volunteer part of your time to supervise and play with the next generation of democratic socialists, please let us know in the form above.

DSA Financial Picture Call Report Back

Thanks to all who joined the July 19th call to review DSA’s 2017 budget in context. The amount of new members in April - June 2017 shared were estimates based on the information we had at the time. We’ll be updating the slides with more up-to-date information by next week, and we will wait until then to post the call recording, in order to limit confusion. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email Sasha at shammad@dsausa.org

DSA Quiz

Want to test your DSA knowledge? Take this quiz! Intended as an educational tool, this quiz should help delegates know whether or not what they think is true about DSA actually is the case.

At-Large Delegate Registration is CLOSED

As a reminder, at-large delegate registration closed July 15th. We no longer have registration spots for observers and at-large delegates. The only people who should still be registering for the convention are chapter delegates and chapter delegate alternates.

Delegate Travel Share

Convention delegates (not observers or alternates, unless they are seated) take part in a mandatory travel share to help equalize transportation costs for attendees. Before the convention begins every delegate must have either paid $75 into the travel share fund or submitted their travel cost information. Full information about the travel share can be found here.

If you are unable to participate in the travel share because of financial hardship, you have until Mon, July 24 to submit a request to waive your travel share payment.

Convention Bulletin #7

July 27, 2017


In this Bulletin
  • Register for Workshops: Deadline Tuesday, August 1st
  • Delegate Travel Share: Pre-Pay by August 1
  • Hitting 25K: if each delegate recruits one person before the convention, we can hit 25,000 members…
  • Most Current Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments Updates
  • Parliamentarian request
  • Notetaker request
  • DSA Chat for Delegate Discussion
  • Deadline to run for the National Political Committee Today!
  • Finances Call Video
  • Last Call for Tabling
  • Requesting Rooms
  • Program Changed - More Debate Time
  • 2nd (and last) Delegate Straw Poll on Resolutions/Amendments
  • Delegate Orientation Conference Calls
  • Resolution/Amendment Debate Sessions
  • NPC Candidate Townhalls
  • Housing
  • Current Delegate Counts
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Child Watch
  • Volunteer
  • DSA quiz
  • DSA History
  • DSA Banquet – Bring local swag & Items that Represent Your Chapter
Register for Workshops at the Convention

Please discuss with the other delegates for your chapter and register for the three workshops you would like to attend at the convention ASAP. For the first workshop block, please register for the geographic region where your DSA chapter is located (or the nearest one). For workshop blocks two and three, please discuss with your other delegates and try to spread out your workshop choices as much as possible. Each workshop section is capped at 67 people and once the workshop is full, that one will disappear from the list. We heard feedback on the stakeholder calls that folks really wanted organizing skills workshops, so we tried to offer a few sections of each of those as well as multiple sections of the strategy and political education panels. YDS members MUST choose “YDS Conference” for Workshop #2.

Delegate Travel Share: Pre-Pay by Aug 1

Before the convention begins, every delegate must have either paid $75 into the travel share fund, submitted their travel cost information, or requested a travel share waiver. If you are taking ground transportation or flying with frequent flier miles/points and still need to make your $75 payment, pay online by Tues, Aug 1. You can also pay at the convention, but it will slow down your check-in significantly.

Hitting 25K: if each delegate recruits one person before the convention, we can hit 25,000 members…

As of today, the Democratic Socialists of America officially has over 24,600 members! If every delegate and observer recruits one person before the convention we can hit 25,000 members. Send this link to those you think might be ready to be an organized socialist!

Most Current Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments Updates

Check out this link to “Voting at the Convention” which includes a list of the most current resolutions and constitutional amendments.

Notetaker Request

This convention takes place during a historic moment for DSA, and we need to document it! We are seeking several people to take notes about convention decisions and discussions. Please fill out this form if you are interested in serving as a note taker at the convention.

DSA Chat for Delegate Discussion

For pre-convention debate the National Political Committee has designated the online discussion website DSA Chat as a place for ALL DELEGATES to discuss and debate convention matters, such as:

  • priorities resolution proposals
  • general political resolutions
  • proposals for constitutional amendments It’s also a place where National Political Committee candidates can put forth their views on future direction of the organization.

Click here to see instructions on how to sign up for DSA Chat. We have tech support to help you! You will be invited to the special #delegate channel by the tech team.

National Political Committee Voting Guidelines

Wondering how the NPC voting works? We have created an explainer to help make the NPC voting process clearer to delegates. We hope this helps clear up questions about the process. Please see this link for the guide.

Deadline to run for the National Political Committee is today (July 28)!

At the convention, we will elect our national leadership, the National Political Committee (NPC). Any DSA member whose dues are paid through September 2017 is eligible for election as an NPC Member. Any member may self-nominate for the NPC. Any DSA member, local chapter or national working group, or the NPC may nominate any DSA member whose dues are paid through September 2017 for the NPC, provided the nominee submits a written statement indicating a willingness to serve by the time nominations close. Each nominee’s statement must be submitted by the time nominations close. You can learn more about the NPC election process in the Temporary Convention Rules #34 to #38.

NOTE: NPC candidates should make plans to stay for a short NPC meeting, of immediately prior and newly elected NPC members, immediately after the closing of the convention. That meeting will take one hour.

The deadline to submit nominations for the NPC will be the midnight (EDT) Friday, July 28, 2017.

The following slates are running, though not all candidates have yet filled out the NPC form on the convention website:

Financial Call Video

DSA’s financial status video call was recorded! Click here to watch the 1 hour 20 minute video so you can make informed decisions at the convention.

Please note the number of new members in April-June 2017 shared were estimates based on the information we had at the time of the call. Please refer to these charts for the most up-to-date numbers. Questions about DSA’s finances? Email shammad [at] dsausa [dot] org.

Last Call for Tabling

DSA has options for tabling the convention for both internal groups and outside organizations. Because of the costs of our convention, we reserve the right to charge non-DSA affiliates. The deadline to apply for a table is July 30th. If you or your organization are interested in tabling the convention please fill out this form.

Requesting Rooms for Self-Organized Time

Members can request space to have caucuses, working group meetings, social events, and other specific activities during the downtime of the convention, including meals. We can provide limited room for these meetings at the venue. We will post in a central location who is meeting when and where.

  • Please apply for space by July 30th. We will allocate as space allows.
  • Please fill out this form to submit a request to reserve space at the convention.
Program Change - More Debate Time

Last week, we sent out a poll asking for member feedback on potential changes to the convention agenda to allow for extra debate time. We sent out this poll because staff and the volunteers who are working on the convention were receiving feedback about the need for additional debate time, while also receiving requests for additional trainings and workshops. So, we sent out a poll to the delegates, and nearly 400 of you participated. The results of the poll are as follows:

  • Option A (don’t change the schedule): 30%
  • Option B (add 1.75 hours of debate time): 30.3%
  • Option C (add 2.25 hours of debate time): 14.6%
  • Option D (add 3 hours of debate time) : 11.3%
  • Option E (add 4.5 hours of debate time): 13.8% We are going with Option C, free up 2 hrs and 15 mins for debates (7 hrs of debate time total), by making the following tradeoffs: 1. Cut the 1 hour and 15 minutes of Caucus and Self Organized time on Friday for an hour of additional debate. Caucus and Self-Organized time will then happen during dinner on Friday. 2. Cut two breaks around lunchtime on Saturday to add 30 minutes of debate. 3. Cut 30 minutes from Caucus and other Self Organized time on Saturday.

There will be 7 hours of debate broken down into 4 areas: 1) the draft priorities resolution and amendments to it, 2) Constitutional/bylaw amendment proposals and amendments to them, 3) Political Resolution and amendments to them, and 4) Topics around which both constitutional amendments and political resolutions were submitted (we will tackle the resolutions/amendments on these topics at the same time). Please remember that the items up for debate at the convention are only a portion of the total number of resolutions offered to the convention. Other resolutions that were not deemed important enough to debate at the convention (according to our delegate debate time poll) will either be included in a “consent calendar” of non-controversial resolutions to be voted on as a block or, in the case of more controversial items, will be referred to the incoming NPC for review. See below for more details.

2nd (and last) Delegate Straw Poll on Resolutions/Amendments

There is one last pre-convention poll, almost there! In the previous poll we asked you to pick the 10 debate topics you found most important to debate at the convention. Based on that poll we have put together a draft schedule of debate time at the convention (see above), but there are many resolutions and constitutional amendment proposals that we won’t have time to debate at the convention (Please find a full listing of constitutional amendments and resolutions here).

For those resolutions and amendments not debated individually at the convention, there are two options: 1) for resolutions/amendments that are relatively uncontroversial, we will put together a “consent calendar” that includes all such resolutions/amendments to be voted on as a bloc at the convention. Please note that the implementation of items approved in the consent agenda (as well as other resolutions approved att the convention) is dependent upon staff/volunteer resources needed to carry them out. Organizational resources will be focus primarily around the priorities we approve at the convention, and remaining resources will be dedicated to implementing resolutions approved at the convention. 2) resolutions/amendments around which there isn’t significant agreement across the convention delegates will be referred to the incoming NPC for consideration. The purpose of this poll is to determine which resolutions/amendments can be included in the consent agenda and which should be referred to the incoming NPC. Please find the poll here. DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 1st

Delegate Orientation Conference Calls

What will convention sessions be like? How does Robert’s Rules of Order work? How do we structure voting for the National Political Committee? Got questions about convention? We’ve got answers! We will have several conference calls for delegates, especially first-time delegates, on the week leading up to the convention.

Resolution/Amendment Debate Sessions

In order to provide a space for delegates to discuss constitutional amendment and resolution proposals ahead of the convention, we will have three 1 hour sessions on zoom. Participants on each call will determine which amendments/resolutions they would like to discuss, these will not be set in advance. The three sessions are:

Session 1: Sunday 7/30 at 6pm Eastern Meeting id: 372-959-6158 To join meeting via internet: https://zoom.us/j/3729596158 To join meeting via phone: Dial 408-638-0968 and enter the meeting id above

Session 2: Monday, 7/31 at 6:30pm Eastern Meeting id: 372-959-6158 To join meeting via internet: https://zoom.us/j/3729596158 To join meeting via phone: Dial 408-638-0968 and enter the meeting id above

Session 3: Tuesday, 8/1 at 6pm Eastern Meeting id: 753-650-604 to join meeting via internet: https://zoom.us/j/753650604 to join meting via phone: Dial 408-638-0968 and enter the meeting id above

NPC Candidate Townhalls

In order to give our many terrific NPC candidates a chance to discuss their perspectives in dialogue with convention delegates leading up to the convention, we’re having 3 virtual candidate debates to allow candidates to introduce themselves to delegates/answer delegate questions.

Here is the call info:

Townhall 1: Sunday 7/30 at 8pm Eastern (Sean Monahan, facilitator) Townhall 2: Monday 7/31 at 8pm Eastern (Russ Weiss-Irwin, facilitator) Townhall 3: Tuesday 8/1 at 7:30pm Eastern (Glenn Scott, facilitator)

Call-in info is the same for all three townhalls: Meeting id: 372-959-6158 To join meeting via internet: https://zoom.us/j/3729596158 To join meeting via phone: Dial 408-638-0968 and enter the meeting id above

The structure of the townhalls will be: first 1-2 minute brief intros by all candidates, then the rest of the time will be devoted to each candidate getting a chance to respond directly to as many delegate questions (from delegates on the zoom session) as possible. There will not be time for back and forth between the candidates, given how many candidates are running.

We are still finalizing which candidates will be on which call, but will send out that information to this list as soon as we have it.

Housing

The final deadline for housing was July 23rd. We are UNABLE to honor housing requests now that the deadline has passed. If you still need to pay for a room you ALREADY REQUESTED you can do so at the convention.

Current Delegate Counts and Chairs

Please see this link for the current delegate counts per chapter and the total at-large delegates. The document also includes the names of current delegate chairs. (No contact information is provided.) These are subject to change, and if you see any inconsistencies please let us know.

Campus Maps
  • The first map identifies check-in locations on Thursday and Friday.
  • The second map shows all buildings on the east side of campus as well as accessibility information.
Parking at UIC

The closest campus parking is available at the Halsted Street Parking Structure, located across from Student Center East (SCE), the convention venue (a map is here). You may access it from Polk Street to its north or 760 West Taylor Street, to its south. But you may only exit and pay through the Taylor Street exit. On-street parkingis not available. Parking rates are as follows:

Hours Parked Weekday Rates Weekend/Evening Rates
0 to 0.5 $4.50 $4.50
0.5 to 1.5 $6.50 $6.50
1.5 to 2.5 $8.50 $8.50
2.5 to 3.5 $10.00  
3.5 to 4.5 $11.50  
4.5+ $13.00  
Child Watch

If you plan to bring children and need volunteers to watch them during convention hours, please fill out this pre-registration form by July 30 so that we may plan accordingly.

DSA Quiz

Want to test your DSA knowledge? Take this quiz! Intended as an educational tool, this quiz should help delegates know whether or not what they think is true about DSA actually is the case.

DSA History

Understanding the history of our movement will strengthen your ability to contribute to it today. The following document outlines the history of DSA from the 1970’s to today. The document is divided conveniently by decades, so you can read about the time periods that interest you most. The document can be found here.

DSA Banquet - Bring Local Swag & Items that Represent Your Chapter!

You’re cordially invited to DSA’s Biennial fundraiser & banquet on Saturday, August 5th. We’ll hear from our international guests as well as DSA members, as we celebrate all that we’ve done together. Hint: there will be an open bar for the first hour!

Convention Bulletin #8

July 31, 2017


WOW - we hit 25,000!

Thanks to you all inviting your friends and family to join DSA in the last few days, we reached 25,000 members officially on July 31st.

Key Addresses

The Forum (Friday and Saturday only): 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607 (SW corner of Halsted and Roosevelt)

Student Center East (Thursday to Sunday): 700 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

Parking Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure: 760 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Closest El stop UIC Halsted on the Blue Line. (From O’Hare Airport, ORD, take the Blue Line. From Midway Airport, MDW, take the Orange Line, then transfer to the Blue Line.)

Space

We are spread out on a fairly large, but walkable campus. Please look out for the links to maps that we sent in Bulletin #7. Members will stay in several of the campus dorms, and events will be in buildings such as the Forum, Student Center East, and Lecture halls. Some of these are at least fifteen minute walks even for those in good shape. We have set up breaks so you will be able to make it to events. This map shows the full campus layout, including wheelchair-accessible building entrances and parking.

Register for Workshops at the Convention

Please discuss with the other attendees from your chapter and register for the three workshops you would like to attend at the convention by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 2nd. Everyone attending the convention – observers, alternates, and delegates – should all register for workshops. For the first workshop block, please register for the geographic region where your DSA chapter is located (or the nearest one). For workshop blocks two and three, please discuss with your other delegates and try to spread out your workshop choices as much as possible. Each workshop section is capped at 67 people and once the workshop is full, that one will disappear from the list. We heard feedback on the stakeholder calls that folks really wanted organizing skills workshops, so we tried to offer a few sections of each of those as well as multiple sections of the strategy and political education panels. YDS members MUST choose “YDS Conference” for Workshop #2. You must be registered in advance in order to attend a workshop. Please complete the registration form by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2nd.

Contribute to the Travel Share

This year’s travel share is unusually high because such a high proportion of delegates are now coming from smaller cities and towns, rather than major airport hubs which has been the case in the past. This means the delegates in the “flight pool” are responsible for up to $340 of their travel costs, even after we subsidize them with the $75 payments from the ground pool. We therefore ask ground travel pool delegates to chip in a little more, if you are able. You can donate here.

Remember: travel share participation is mandatory for delegates (not including alternates). So, if you’re a delegate who’s not paying for airfare and you haven’t made your required $75 payment or had it waived, please pay online today. If you’re flying and still haven’t provided us with your cost information, please submit it here.

Convention Schedule

The convention will officially open at 9:30am Friday, August 4th. Registration and breakfast will start at 7:30am, but we ask that everyone register on Thursday if possible (see below). The beginning events take place at the UIC Forum building, at the southwest corner of 725 West Roosevelt Road and South Halsted.

However, there will be several activities (including registration) the day before, Thursday August 3rd, a couple blocks north of the Forum, at 750 South Halsted, which is the Student Center East. Please see the convention schedule on the website for more info about events on Thursday, including offsite Chicago radical history options.

We recommend you check in to dorms before 10pm (as a courtesy to UIC staff, because the dorm desk is not staffed 24/7), and we HIGHLY recommend you do your convention registration with us on Thursday (between noon and 10pm in Student Center East) if at all possible.

Friday morning we gavel in at 9:30am at the UIC Forum building. Saturday morning will begin again at 9:30am, also in the UIC Forum Building. On Sunday we are meeting at the Student Center East because there is a Mega Church that uses the UIC Forum that day.

Schedule Change

We apologize for the lack of clarity around the decision to extend debate time at the 2017 convention. We have heard a lot of concern about how the process went. Most of the national DSA Steering Committee originally went with Option C because a most straw poll respondents wanted more debate, but no one option had a majority. The National Political Committee has voted to go with Option B because of the concerns around caucus time and the process. We believe that Option B will provide enough debate time while respecting the majority’s opinion to have either no more debate time or the least amount of debate time possible. The current schedule reflects that change.

DSA Banquet - Bring Local Swag Representing Your Chapter

Don’t miss out! Come to our convention tradition, a Saturday night fundraiser and banquet on August 5th. We’ll sit by region, so bring local swag and items that represent your area to decorate your table! We’ll hear from our international guests as well as DSA members, as we celebrate all that we’ve done together. Hint: there will be an open bar for the first hour!

Voting on NPC Candidates

We currently have 43 candidates for the National Political Committee. See each candidate’s official candidacy statement here. If you are a delegate or if you just want to learn how NPC voting works, please see the NPC voting guidelines, also available on the DSA convention website in the Voting section, to learn more about the NPC voting process. Check out this sample ballot for NPC voting if you do not plan to vote using the voting website.

We strongly encourage you to bring laptops to share with comrades to help speed up voting. We will have computers

Gendered Language and Pronoun Use

As we move to the week of the convention and beyond, we must continue to do all we can to include our cousins and comrades across the gender spectrum. All sorts of institutions embed oppression in their use of gendered language, but DSA should not be one of them.

With that in mind, the Queer Socialists Working Group has prepared a document guiding both written and in-person communications toward non-gendered language and respectful pronoun use. This Gendered Language and Pronoun Use Memo was written to be an inclusive guide to ensure, both internally and externally, that we make every DSA space a safe, welcoming, and comradely one.

We ask that delegates, observers, and those in convention leadership roles alike review this document, even if they think their language and pronoun use already is fully inclusive.

Convention Logistics

Here is some important convention logistics for all attendees.

Food: We will serve meals starting from Thursday light dinner to Sunday lunch. There will also be snacks after lunch and before dinner. Because of the number of people, most of the meals will be boxed or carry out. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a large room dedicated to just serving food. You will pick up you food, then eat downstairs in the Forum (or wherever you want).

Child watch: Child watch (not professional child care) will be provided free of charge on all four days of the convention, during all sessions, with the exception of meal times, when parents will be responsible for their children.

  • We will have a clear sign in/ sign out process.
  • Parents will be expected to be reachable by phone/text during child watch in case they need to come and pick up their child.
  • Children must be picked up within 15 minutes of the last session each day.
  • Volunteers will be watching DSA members’ children. Some are are parents themselves; others are early childhood educators.
  • Neither DSA nor volunteers are responsible for incidents and/ or accidents that may occur during child watch, or damage to any items brought from home

Dress Code: There is no formal dress code, but it is always fun to bring your DSA shirts. People sometimes dress up a little bit more for the Saturday banquet.

Dorms: For those staying the dorms, please remember these are very bare accommodations (so we can keep costs down). Even those staying in singles will have shared bathrooms. Please do not forget your flip flops for showers! UIC Student workers will run the check-in, so please consider that, with hundreds of guests coming, check-in may take significantly longer than a hotel, especially if you arrive after 10pm.

  • Location: DSAers are staying in 7 different dorms so please check your email history to see which dorm you are in. Didn’t get an email about your accommodations? Email Lawrence at ldreyfuss[at]dsausa[dot]org
  • Room Keys: You will be receiving a ring of keys including front door key, room key, bathroom key, and possibly more. We recommend taking the time to learn the keys, because they can be confusing.
  • To avoid replacement charges, you must return your keys when you check out.
  • Amenities Provided: UIC will provide bedding, towels, and shampoo. Not soap.
  • Check-in/Check-out: Check-in and check-out go from 10am-10pm. Please note that while you can check-in/out outside of these hours, the process may take significantly longer.

Onsite Wheelchairs: There will be a limited number of wheelchairs onsite. Any attendee who needs a wheelchair should ask at the help desk.

Quiet Rooms: There will be quiet rooms available in the Forum and in Student Center East during daytime programming. These are accommodations for attendees who need to take a quiet break from convention activities and sensory overload. They are not intended as a hangout area or space for people to have social time.

Wellness/First Aid Center: We will have volunteers available to provide first aid and basic wellness care in the Forum.

Wifi: You can purchase WiFi access during the convention at housing registration for $10 per person.

Convention Bulletin #9

August 2, 2017


Schedule

The convention will officially open at 9:30 am Friday, August 4th. Registration and breakfast will start at 7:30 am, but we ask that most register on Thursday if possible. The beginning events take place at the UIC Forum building, at the southwest corner of 725 West Roosevelt Road and South Halsted.

Saturday morning will begin again at 9:30 am, also at the UIC Forum Building. On Sunday we are meeting at the Student Center East because there is a Mega Church that uses the UIC Forum that day.

Please see here for a more detailed schedule.

We are spread out on a fairly large, but walkable campus. Please look out for the links to maps that we sent in Bulletin #7. Members will stay in several of the campus dorms, and events will be in buildings such as the Forum, Student Center East, and Lecture halls. Some of these are at least fifteen minute walks even for those in good shape. We have set up breaks so you will be able to make it to events. This map shows the full campus layout, including wheelchair-accessible building entrances and parking.

Here are some key addresses for the convention! The Forum (Friday and Saturday only): 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607 (SW corner of Halsted and Roosevelt) Student Center East (Thursday to Sunday): 700 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607 Note: We will only use Student Center East on Friday and Saturday for workshops Parking- Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure: 760 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 Closest El stop: UIC Halsted on the Blue Line. (From O’Hare Airport, ORD, take the Blue Line. From Midway Airport, MDW, take the Orange Line, then transfer to the Blue Line.)

Watch the NPC Townhalls and Debates

Check out these links to watch the NPC town halls and debates that occurred this past week:

Townhalls: NPC Townhall 1 starts at 55:20 NPC Townhall 2 starts at 12:58 NPC Townhall 3 starts at 9:10

Resolutions: Resolution Debate 2 starts 3:18 Resolution Debate 3 starts at 12:55

Thursday and Friday Extracurriculars!

Explore Chicago’s Radical History

Join a Thursday afternoon tour between 2:00 and 4:00, free of charge, of Forest Home Cemetery, where the Haymarket Martyrs and other radicals such as Emma Goldman and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn are buried. The cemetery can be reached by taking the Blue Line, which runs past UIC, the convention site. Labor historian and DSA member Susan Hirsch will be at the cemetery to answer questions. Directions to Forest Home Cemetery:

By El: Take the Blue Line EL at UIC/Halsted. Head west toward Forest Park. At Forest Park, exit the station and turn right (south) on Desplaines Ave. Walk about 1/2 mile to the entrance of Forest Home Cemetery. Inside the cemetery, follow signs to Haymarket Monument.

By car: Take I-290 west from UIC. Exit at Harlem; turn south to Harrison/Garfield, which runs parallel to I-290. Turn right (west) on Harrison to Desplaines. Turn left/south on Desplaines. In a short distance, turn right into the Forest Home Cemetery. Inside the cemetery, follow signs to the Haymarket monument.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is located on the UIC campus right next to the Student Center East. Admission is free. The museum is open Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from noon to 4 PM. Hull-House, a social settlement co-founded by peace activist Jane Addams, served as a residence for activists involved in many social reform campaigns of the early twentieth century. On Thursday from 3 - 4 PM, Addams scholar, and DSA member Rima Lunin Schultz will be at the museum to answer questions about Hull-House.

Afro-Socialist Happy Hour

Join us on Friday from 9 pm -12 am at the national convention edition of Democratic Socialists of America happy hour for black and brown comrades. This is a great way to meet up with other people of color in DSA and Chicago’s Black Left to create a sense of community and solidarity. Grab a drink and vibe out with like minded individuals who understand that ALL people’s liberation is tied into BLACK liberation. New members, old members, and non-members are all welcome. Address: 960 W 18th, Chicago, IL 60608 RSVP on Facebook here.

Chicago DSA Welcome Party (Sold Out!)

Chicago DSA invites you to a welcome party Friday, 9:00 pm, at the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago 60607). Suggested donation is $10, cash only. Beer and liquor is available, along with food trucks. People under 18 are allowed, but they cannot drink. Tickets are no longer available.

Housing

See the table below for housing locations and contacts. Please check-in with students at the housing registration desks if you are in need of more toilet paper.

WiFi can be purchased for $10 at any of the residence hall front desks. The closest desk to the Student Center East is literally on the same block, 700 South Halsted St. (the main entrance to SCE is 750 South Halsted St).

| Building (s) and Addresses | Front Desk Number | Resident Assistant on Call | | ———- | ———- | ———- | | Courtyard (CTY) Commons South (CMS) Commons North (CMN) Commons West (CMW) 700 S. Halsted Street | 312-355-6500 | 312-287-2768 | | James Stukel Towers (JST) 718 W. Rochford Street | 312-355-6000 | 312-287-4597 | | Thomas Beckam Hall (TBH) 1250 S. Halsted Street | 312-355-6100 | 312-287-9614 | | Marie Robinson Hall (MRH) 811 W. Maxwell Street | 312-355-6200 | 312-287-9614 |

DSA Banquet - Bring Local Swag Representing Your Chapter

Don’t miss out! Come to our convention tradition, a Saturday night fundraiser and banquet on August 5th. We’ll sit by region, so bring local swag and items that represent your area to decorate your table! We’ll hear from our international guests as well as DSA members, as we celebrate all that we’ve done together. Hint: there will be an open bar for the first hour!

Gendered Language and Pronoun Use

As we move to the week of the convention and beyond, we must continue to do all we can to include our cousins and comrades across the gender spectrum. All sorts of institutions embed oppression in their use of gendered language, but DSA should not be one of them.

With that in mind, the Queer Socialists Working Group has prepared a document guiding both written and in-person communications toward non-gendered language and respectful pronoun use. This Gendered Language and Pronoun Use Memo was written to be an inclusive guide to ensure, both internally and externally, that we make every DSA space a safe, welcoming, and comradely one.

We ask that delegates, observers, and those in convention leadership roles alike review this document, even if they think their language and pronoun use already is fully inclusive.

Convention Logistics

Here are some important convention logistics for all attendees.

Food: We will serve meals starting from Thursday light dinner to Sunday lunch. There will also be snacks after lunch and before dinner. Because of the number of people, most of the meals will be boxed or carry out. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a large room dedicated to just serving food. You will pick up your food, then eat downstairs in the Forum (or wherever you want).

Child watch: Child watch (not professional child care) will be provided free of charge on all four days of the convention, during all sessions, with the exception of meal times, when parents will be responsible for their children.

  • We will have a clear sign in/ sign out process.
  • Parents will be expected to be reachable by phone/text during child watch in case they need to come and pick up their child.
  • Children must be picked up within 15 minutes of the last session each day.
  • Volunteers will be watching DSA members’ children. Some are are parents themselves; others are early childhood educators.
  • Neither DSA nor volunteers are responsible for incidents and/ or accidents that may occur during child watch, or damage to any items brought from home

Dress Code: There is no formal dress code, but it is always fun to bring your DSA shirts. People sometimes dress up a little bit more for the Saturday banquet.

__Dorms: __For those staying the dorms, please remember these are very bare accommodations (so we can keep costs down). Even those staying in singles will have shared bathrooms. Please do not forget your flip flops for showers! UIC Student workers will run the check-in, so please consider that, with hundreds of guests coming, check-in may take significantly longer than a hotel, especially if you arrive after 10 pm.

  • Location: DSAers are staying in 7 different dorms so please check your email history to see which dorm you are in. Didn’t get an email about your accommodations? Email Lawrence at ldreyfuss[at]dsausa.org
  • Room Keys: You will be receiving a ring of keys including front door key, room key, bathroom key, and possibly more. We recommend taking the time to learn the keys because they can be confusing.
  • To avoid replacement charges, you must return your keys when you check out.
  • Amenities Provided: UIC will provide bedding, towels, and shampoo.
  • Check-in/Check-out: Check-in and check-out go from 10am-10pm. Please note that while you can check-in/out outside of these hours, the process may take significantly longer.

Onsite Wheelchairs: There will be a limited number of wheelchairs on site. Any attendee who needs a wheelchair should ask at the help desk.

Quiet Rooms: There will be quiet rooms available in the Forum and in Student Center East during daytime programming. These are accommodations for attendees who need to take a quiet break from convention activities and sensory overload. They are not intended as a hangout area or space for people to have social time.

Wellness/First Aid Center: We will have volunteers available to provide first aid and basic wellness care in the Forum.

Emergency Number

If you have an emergency at night, feel free to call this number: (630) 447-0206

Please only call this number if you have an emergency. If you need help with any issues in your dormitories, please call one of the numbers in the housing section above.