2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend

*Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Socialist Organizing Weekend. Registration is now closed.*

August 7-10, 2014; Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon
Antiochian Village, Central Pennsylvania

A DSA Fund leadership retreat on activism and political education for rising YDSers and young DSAers.

The tentative program and schedule is available here.

All YDSers and young DSAers actively building a chapter or involved in DSA's national projects are strongly encouraged to attend our 2014 summer leadership retreat. Families are also welcome; details below.

Being openly anti-capitalist isn’t the easiest way to be an activist, but it’s the most strategic. It's critical for changing the political possibilities of the entire progressive movement. We fight every day against rising student debt and inequality, union busting, and the racist, sexist and homophobic actions taken by individuals and institutions in our lives. Since we have a long-term vision for a better world, we join these struggles purposefully as democratic socialists. DSA is committed to building an independent and democratic activist organization, rooted in schools, and neighborhoods, that both fights for change today and wins larger numbers to democratic socialism. 

The goal of the socialist organizing weekend is to prepare YDSers and young DSAers with the skills needed to organize activist campaigns for social justice and to talk effectively about democratic socialism. View the full program and schedule here.

  • Skills trainings: how to facilitate meetings, plan campaigns, grow chapters, etc.
  • Political education workshops: intersectionality and anti-oppression, the history of the socialist and social movements in the United States, and our vision of democratic socialism.
  • Self-organized workshops: we will coordinate with conference attendees in advance who wish to self-organize workshops.

We will also take part of the organizing weekend to discuss the ongoing DSA strategy conversation. YDSers will have an opportunity to run for our national coordinating committee and vote on our activist agenda priorities for the coming school year.

The organizing weekend will be busy, but we’ve set aside ample time for hanging out and socializing. One of the best parts of the summer conference is the opportunity to meet socialists from all over the country and develop life-long friendships.

Where: Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. If you need to fly, fly into Pittsburgh International Airport and we will help arrange ground transportation to and from the venue. Will also fundraise to provide limited travel scholarships to help folks attend the conference.

It is very important that you speak with us at the national office if you plan to fly into Pitssburgh because there are certain windows of time where you can fly in and others that won't work because of the schedule. Click here to learn more details about the schedule for arriving.

When: August 7th - August 10th, Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Cost: Early registration tickets for students/low-income young adults are $155. After the early registration deadline on July 23, these prices will rise to $175. Solidarity rate is $200 and adult rate is $250. These prices all include the cost of registration, all food, and housing for the full weekend.

Travel Scholarships: Please email yds(at)dsausa.org for a link to the form to apply (deadline July 17th).

Families with children: We are committed to making DSA a family friendly space and to covering the additional costs required to do so. Your children are welcome at the retreat as long as you register no later than July 11th so we have time to make arrangements for your housing. We can provide a private room for you and your children, but as we are not providing extra childcare, you would be responsible for them during the conference (but you can bring them to all sessions!).

We are also offering small childcare scholarships for a parent that attends and leaves children at home with caregivers. To apply for a childcare scholarship, please email info(at)dsausa.org for a link to the form to apply.