2019 YDSA Winter Conference

Class Struggle In Session

San Francisco Bay Area | February 15-17, 2019

The 2019 Winter Conference: Class Struggle in Session is open to all student organizers and DSA members with an interest in campus organizing and socialist struggle. Click here to register now!

Socialists won historic victories in 2018. The labor movement experienced a huge resurgence with a sweeping wave of teachers’ strikes led in many places by rank-and-file socialists. Workers at notoriously exploitative Amazon won a $15 minimum wage. Medicare for All has gone from a dream to a popular demand to something that now seems inevitable. As of this week, there are two DSA members in US Congress, in addition to over 100 members in state and local offices across the country. And the most popular politician in America is an open and proud democratic socialist.

But despite the progress we’ve made and the feats we’ve accomplished, we’re faced with challenges we’ve never seen and risks we haven’t yet encountered, both as an organization and as a popular leftist movement. We stand on the precipice of an economic crisis and the threat of global fascism as prevalent than ever.

And students face a struggle that is at once their own and inextricable from all other working class struggle. Student debt sits at an all time high and poses a threat to the millions who hold it and to our entire economy.

But 2019 will also bring opportunities the likes of which the left hasn’t had in decades. The 2020 Presidential election rolls towards us at full speed, and our answer to it will not just affect DSA and the left. Our next moves could have a significant impact on US politics and the future that we share with all Americans.

We have an opportunity to implement socialist strategy on a national scale and organize thousands or even millions of people around mass demands like Medicare for All, a green New Deal, and College for All.

Are you in?

As we venture into a new terrain of crisis and class struggle, the 2019 Winter Conference will be crucial in deciding how YDSA as an organization will advance our agenda in the coming year, and set us up to fight against capital’s response. Together, we will strengthen YDSA by training together to create more militant socialists in your chapters, sharing the knowledge and skills to effectively run campaigns, and helping you better engage in our national priority work.

View the 2019 Conference Program here

Register Now!

Registration for the conference is now open! Please click here to access the early bird registration form. Space at the conference is limited this year, so please register as soon as possible to save your spot. Registration includes admission to the conference all three days, meals during the conference, and a graphic novel about the life of Eugene Debs. And for a limited time, conference registrants will receive a free YDSA T-shirt upon arrival at the conference.

There are two parts to the registration process. After you complete the payment form, you will be linked to a separate form to provide contact information and register for housing. You must complete both forms to register for the conference. If you have trouble accessing either form, or if you are not sure if you have completed the registration process, please contact yds@dsausa.org.

DSA members who belong to official YDSA chapters are eligible for discounted registration rates to the conference. To qualify for reduced registration, you must be a dues-paying DSA member in good standing, and your name must appear on an official, chartered YDSA chapter’s membership list. If you are eligible for the YDSA member rate, please apply here.

Apply for a Travel Scholarship

Travel scholarships are available for students traveling from out of town to attend the conference. You can apply for a scholarship here. The deadline to apply for air travel scholarships is January 18, and the deadline to apply for land travel scholarships is February 1. These are hard deadlines that cannot be extended, so please submit your application on time.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an offer letter by email the week after applications close. Make sure you reply to that email in a timely manner to accept your scholarship. Scholarship checks can be picked up on site at the conference. You must submit receipts for your tickets or gas before you receive your check. Scholarships are available for travel only.

Deadline for air travel scholarships – January 18, 2019

Deadline for land travel scholarships – February 1, 2019

Applications submitted after these deadlines will not be considered. 


A limited amount of free housing will be available to students attending the conference for Friday and Saturday nights. Housing will be provided by members of local DSA chapters who are able to offer space in their homes. Please indicate any accessibility needs, housing preferences, and whether you can bring an air mattress or sleeping bag when you apply. Housing will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so register early!

You can sign up for housing when you register for the conference.

Deadline for housing applications – February 1, 2019

Questions? Contact yds@dsausa.org.

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