Young Democratic Socialists
Young Democratic Socialists is the Youth arm of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Coordinating Committee of the Young Democratic Socialists
The following are the members of the Coordinating Committee of the YDS as of August 2, 2009: Co-Chairs
- Tatiana Guerrero
- Michael McCabe
- Activist Editor, Chris Maisano,
- Anti-Racism Coordinator, Axel Chacon
- Coalitions Coordinator, Chris Hicks
- Corresponding Secretary, Sarah Gollwitzer
- Feminist Issues Coordinator, Katherine Brausch
- National Organizing Committee Facilitator, Andrew Porter
Members At Large
- Tara Bielenda
- Amber Frost
- Julian Geraci
- Sean Monahan
- Jaclyn Sewell
- Allison Voglesong
- National Organizer, Erik Rosenberg
The YDS Activist Blog Editorial Committee in 2010:
- David Duhalde- Former YDS National Organizer
- Flavio Hickel, Jr. – Former Activist Editor, former YDS Co-Chair and Kean University YDS Activist. Currently working toward M.A. in Public Policy at William Paterson University
- Chris Maisano – Activist Editor
- Adrian Bleifuss Prados
- Jason Schulman - On the editorial board of New Politics and Democratic Left.
- Bhaskar Sunkara - Former Activist Editor. Pursuing B.A. at George Washington University, founding member of the YDS organizing committee The Democratic Left
YDS contacts, 2012
As of July 2012;
- Arkansas Organizing Committee, Hendrix College (Conway, AR) Kirk Rodriguez
- Los Angeles Coalition YDS (Los Angeles Area, CA), Justin Simons
- UC Davis (Davis, CA), David Roddy djroddy (at) ucdavis.edu
- Connecticut chapter, Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Michael Schwartz
- Florida Organizing Committee, Valencia Community College, Ricky Shea
- Indiana Organizing Committee,IUPUI (Indianapolis, IN) Manuel Salazar
- Kentucky chapter, Lindsey Wilson College Jacob Curry
- Organizing Committee, Centre College, Alec Hudson
- Kansas chapter, Wichita State University (Wichita, KS), Aaron Rivers
- Kansas University (Lawrence, KS), Jaclyn Sewell
- Massachusetts Organizing Committee, U-Mass Amherst (Amherst, MA) - Organizing in Five Colleges Emahunn Campbell, Anastasia Wilson
- New Jersey chapter, William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ) Sharrie Volcin
- Organizing Committee Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) Andrew Foltz-Morrsion, Flavio Hickel, Jr.
- New York chapter, New York City YDS (New York, NY), Cecily McMillan
- Vassar College, Spencer Resnick, Jonathan Bix
- Ohio chapter, Wooster College (Wooster, OH) Jonathan Polin
- Ohio University , Tyler Barton
- Organizing Committee, Wright State University (Dayton, OH), Phillip Logan
- Organizing Committee, Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH), Dan Buckler
- Oklahoma Organizing Committee, University of Tulsa, Zachary Hart
- Oregon Organizing Committee, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), Trace Cabot
- Pennsylvania chapter, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), Josh Luther
- Organizing Committee Penn State (State College, PA), Luis Caza
- Organizing Committee University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), Corey Barnes
- Texas chapter, Sam Houston State (Huntsville, TX), Ely Dorantes
- Lonestar State Kingwood, Brandon Swaringin
DSA Youth Section
1993 Winter Conference
The 1993 DSA youth section Winter Conference was held February 12-14 at the The High School for the Humanities, New York.
- Nancy Rlche president. New Democratic Party, Canada
- Irving Howe co-editor, Dissent
- Jose LaLuz education director, ACTWU
- Ruth Messinger Manhattan Borough president
- Leslie Watson-Davis National Abortion Rights Action League
1993 Winter Conference
Fifty young DSA activists gathered in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania during the weekend of August 19-22 1993, for the annual Summer Conference of the DSA Youth Section.
Speakers at the conference included Jack Clark, Mark Levinson, and Joseph Schwartz of the DSA National Political Committee; Rafael Pizarro of the Committees of Correspondence; Julia Fitzgerald of New York DSA; Terri Burgess of Cleveland DSA; Hugh Cleland of Suffolk DSA; and Carmen Mitchell of Oberlin DSA.
Summer conference 1995 "From Chicago to Chiapas"
August 17th - 20th, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago
- Adolph Reed
- Steve Coats, US/6LEP
- Jeremy Smith, IICP
- Paul Loeb
- Shakoor Aljuwani
- Ginny Coughlin
- Joanne Landy
- Joseph Schwartz
- Eric Vega
- Ron Aronson
- Lauren Berlant
- Soren Ambrose, Fifty Years is Enough
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On the heels of a strong Young Democratic Socialists turnout at DSA’s 2007 national convention, its winter outreach conference’s success represents another stepping stone for a revived YDS. The conference title, “Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: Reviving Democratic, Socialist, and Youth Activism,” honored the spirit of the young radicals of 1968 and reflected similar hopes and dreams that continue to motivate young activists forty years later.
On Friday evening February 15, 2008, the conference opened with a panel discussion: “2013 Isn’t Soon Enough: The Anti-War Movement Post-Bush.” The gathering of close to one hundred young activists served both as conference opener and an Iraq Moratorium event. YDS has participated in numerous Iraq Moratorium events (monthly actions to raise awareness against the war in Iraq) since September and the panel showcased our grassroots work on a national stage. 
The Young Democratic Socialists’ winter conference, cosponsored by the Columbia University Working Families Party chapter, was held February 17-19 2006, in New York City. It was entitled "Turning the Tide Towards Freedom: Building the Youth and Student Movement for Justice."
Speakers included Joseph Schwartz, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Christian Parenti, Gayatri Spivak, and Damu Smith, "who gave us the “big picture,” described and explained structural injustice at home and abroad, and got us fired up to continue and intensify the fight for a better world."
2009 YDS conference
From February 27th to March 1st, 2009 Young Democratic Socialists held its national outreach conference, “Beyond the Ballot: Making the Movement Matter,” at the Academy of Environmental Science in New York City. The event focused on developing strategies for building progressive and radical social movements to push the Obama administration to the left. YDS successfully increased the prominence of socialist politics in workshops and plenaries while articulating why building a democratic socialist organization is necessary to achieve even moderate reforms, let alone a serious power shift from capital to labor.
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, spoke on the plenary “Now, the Hard Part: Movement Building Under Barack Obama,” with Democratic Socialists of America member Bill Fletcher, Jr., a veteran radical trade unionist, and DSA Vice-Chair and Temple University Professor Joseph Schwartz. Reminding the audience of the important role that media play in making and breaking progressive change, Goodman encouraged activists to use grassroots forms of communication, while admitting the limitation of mainstream media in promoting anti-establishment viewpoints, even when they are popular. Fletcher reminded the audience that socialism is more than just a topic for study groups and spoke about the need to critically examine social movements and organizations in order to better the movement we already have. Schwartz proclaimed that there is social democracy in the United States – but that it is restricted to the affluent in American suburbs with their excellent public schools and services. He added that a key goal of democratic socialists is to expand such social benefits to all. All speakers agreed that the Obama administration offered an opening to social movements but that we need to have one foot in the system and one in the streets. Visible protest with direct demands would help distance Obama from his corporate backers.
The next plenary, “Student Debt: The New Indentured Servitude,” fit right into YDS’ national programming, as the organization, at its Summer Conference, voted to make student debt a national priority. The panel featured academics academics Christine Kelly and Jeffery J. Williams and was moderated by leading YDS and New Jersey intercollegiate activist Michael McCabe. Kelly, a historian of student activism, discussed the fight against tuition increases in the days of Roosevelt and afterward, noting that only organized student bodies could successfully fight against raises in fees and for increased funding.
The closing panel was “We are an Intergenerational Movement!” with DSA Vice-Chair and Midwest Academy trainer Steve Max and journalist and author Liza Featherstone. Though he would offer no advice to student activists on how to organize themselves, Max did explain that the socialist movement had helped change the U.S. for the better. While not always featured prominently in textbooks, socialist organizations have helped activists become smarter and more organized movement builders. Featherstone stressed the critical role socialist organizations play in building organic activists and intellectuals.
2010 National Conference
The 2010 National Conference, A Real Change for Change, will be held March 5-7 in New York City, New York. Speakers are to include Cornel West, Gayatri Spivak, Christian Parenti, Liza Featherstone, Bertha Lewis and Frances Fox Piven.
2011 Winter Conference
On the weekend of March 18th-20th, 2011, the Young Democratic Socialists held their annual Winter outreach conference "Their Crisis, Our Pain: The Democratic Socialist Response to the Great Recession". Cornel West "will be the featured speaker on Saturday the 19th, and we will also host John Nichols, Bertha Lewis, Mark Engler, and Dan Cantor from the Working Families Party.
Other listed speakers included Komozi Woodard, Corey Walker, Fabricio Rodriguez, Christian Parenti, Stephanie Fairyington, Christine Kelly, Sheila Collins, Billy Wharton, Liz Shuler, Martin Weinstein, Michelle O'Brien, Skip Roberts, Joseph Schwartz.
Panels on race, the environment, organizing, and other topics will allow participants to learn from and communicate with fellow activists on some of the most important domestic and international issues. The event is perfect for both newcomers to Democratic Socialism/YDS, as well as activist veterans.
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Location, Bayard Rustin High School 351 W 18th St New York, NY 10011.
Chapter contacts 2012
Arkansas organizing committee
Hendrix College (Conway, AR)
Los Angeles Coalition YDS (Los Angeles Area, CA)
Organizing committee, UC Davis (Davis, CA)
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
Florida organizing committee
Valencia Community College
Indiana organizing committee
IUPUI (Indianapolis, IN)
Lindsey Wilson College
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Kansas University (Lawrence, KS)
Massachusetts organizing committee
U-Mass Amherst (Amherst, MA) - Organizing in Five Colleges
Michigan State (East Lansing, MI)
New Jersey chapter
William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
New York chapters
New York City YDS (New York, NY)
Wooster College (Wooster, OH)
Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
- Phillip Logan
Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH)
Oklahoma organizing committee
University of Tulsa
Oregon organizing committee
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Penn State (State College, PA)
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Sam Houston State (Huntsville, TX)
Lonestar State Kingwood
- ↑ http://www.ydsusa.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/coordinating-commitee-list-2009-2010.pdf
- ↑ http://theactivist.org/blog/about-the-activist/editorial-committee
- ↑ YDS contacts page, accessed July 10, 2012
- ↑ Dem. Left. Jan./Feb. 1993
- ↑ Dem. Left, Sept./October 1993, page 20
- ↑ Dem. Left, July/Aug. 1995, page 11
- ↑ Dem. Left, Sept./Oct 1995, page 39
- ↑ Dem. left Spring 2008
- ↑ Democratic left, Spring 2006
- ↑ http://www.dsausa.org/dl/Winter_2006.pdf Democratic Left, Winter, 2006]
- ↑ Democratic Left, Spring 2009
- ↑ National Conference 2010
- ↑ YDS website, Spring Conference, Their Crisis, Our Pain: The Democratic Socialist Response to the Great Recession, accessed Feb. 23, 2011
- ↑ Democratic Left • Spring 2002