New Convention Schedule Available — Plus See Sara Nelson, India Walton, and Astra Taylor Live!
We now have an updated Convention schedule available, including panel times. Delegates and alternates can attend all workshops and conferences. And all members can watch our exciting speakers, including Sara Nelson, India Walton, and Astra Taylor, live on our YouTube channel here!
Join us Friday, 7/30 for the 2021 Convention Kickoff: Jumpstart Socialism for a New Tomorrow!
- Special guest speakers including Jamaal Bowman, Cynthia Nixon, Judge Franklin Bynum, Commissioner Mariah Parker, and filmmaker Yael Bridge
- Music from Jodi and Sing in Solidarity
- Comedy from John Early, Nick & Brad, and Jamie Loftus
- Plus DSA chapters from across the country!
2021 DSA Pre-Convention Rules, Preliminary Agenda Released
The 2021 DSA Pre-Convention Rules have been released! You can find the full document here.
And we’re glad to share the updated agenda for the Convention. We are committed to making this the biggest convention yet. Please note that committee reports, debate and voting will take place on Sunday 8/1 and Thursday 8/5 through Sunday 8/8. These dates are required for Convention delegates. The Thursday and Friday debate blocks will be from 7pm ET-10pm ET. The remaining time will include training sessions and panels. No convention activities are scheduled before 7pm ET Monday through Friday.
Second Draft of Platform Released
The second draft of our national platform has been released. As part of the process to shape the political platform that will be discussed at the 2021 National Convention, members could provide feedback on the second draft of the platform until Thursday, 7/15. You can find more information here.
Resolutions and Bylaws and Constitutional Changes
As in years past, members in good standing were invited to submit resolutions and bylaws/constitutional changes to the convention. The submissions period opened Monday 2/22 and closed on Thursday, 4/15.
For resolutions and bylaws/constitutional changes to be considered, they must have included 100 signatures from members in good standing when submitted.
A compendium of resolutions and bylaws/constitutional changes submitted is available here. Any member or group of DSA members in good standing could propose secondary amendments to the resolutions and constitution/bylaws amendments until the submissions period for amendments closed Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
At-Large Delegate Election Results
At-Large delegate elections closed Tuesday, 6/1. Nominees were notified of the results by Friday, 6/4. Results were also posted on the At-Large Delegate Elections page and emailed to At-Large members. “At-Large” is defined as members who do not belong to a chapter. Based on DSA’s National Constitution and Bylaws, members of Organizing Committees are considered At-Large Members of DSA for Convention purposes. All At-Large members in good standing were eligible to vote in the At-Large Delegate Election. For more information on nominations and voting for At-Large delegates, you can read the At-Large Delegate Elections page here.
2021 Convention Programming Proposals
The Programming Subcommittee has accepted submissions on topics for plenaries, workshops, and trainings. They’ve designed a rubric to help guide comrades who have programming suggestions. Members in good standing could submit programming proposals for plenaries, workshops, and to request self-organized time by May 14th. The Programming Committee is now considering submitted proposals.
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Want more on the Convention in your inbox? DSA members who want email updates, including Convention-specific email as well as Dispatches and NPC Newsletters with Convention updates, can sign up here. This opt-in is for DSA members in good standing only. All members will continue to receive Convention updates in the Dispatch and NPC Newsletter posted on the DSA website.
Convention for All: Help Make the 2021 Convention Accessible
To win the world we want, we need all of our comrades at the table — including DSA members who are parents, who are struggling to make ends meet, or who live in places with limited internet access. For more information about delegate scholarships and accessibility accomodations, and how you can support Convention accessibility, please check our scholarships and Solidarity Fund information page.