Want to help represent our chapter at the upcoming national convention?
DSA’s National Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois on August 4th-6th. The National Convention is held every other year, and is the highest decision-making body of the organization. Delegates from across the country will meet to set our course for the next two years and elect our new National Political Committee (NPC), which functions as DSA’s highest decision-making body between conventions.
DSA-LA will select 58 delegates plus 6 alternates to represent the chapter at Convention (out of an organization-wide 1,361 delegates plus alternates). You must be a member in good standing of DSA-LA to be considered. Following self-nomination, delegates and alternates will be selected by a chapter-wide election.
DELEGATE ELECTION TIMELINE
- May 8: self-nomination opens
- May 19 (11:59pm PT): self-nomination closes
- May 22: OpaVote election opens, ballots emailed to all members
- May 29 (11:59pm PT): OpaVote election closes
- May 30: results announced
WHAT ARE DELEGATES EXPECTED TO DO?
Delegates will be required to attend the National Convention in-person in Chicago the weekend of August 4th through August 6th. There is no online/virtual attendance option for 2023 Convention. Delegates will responsible for arranging travel and accommodations (details about block reservations in a nearby union hotel will be available at a later date), though scholarships and financial assistance will be provided through National’s Solidarity Fund, with the goal that no member should be unable to attend due to financial considerations.
In addition to traveling to convention, delegates will be expected to participate in chapter delegation activities in the lead-up to convention. This will include attending at least one orientation meeting, one debrief meeting, and participating in a group project to research the various proposals to be considered, and the impacts they may have on our chapter.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There are a number of costs associated with travelling to Chicago as a delegate: Registration fee, airfare, hotel, food. But here’s the headline: No member will be forced to pass for financial reasons. There will be scholarships available to cover as much of the cost as needed for all delegates.
Convention will take place in Chicago from August 4-6. Delegates will be expected to get themselves there and to arrange lodging. In previous years, on-site lodging has been available at a discounted rate. We expect more information to be available soon.