Beginning on November 12th of 2011, Students for a Democratic Society will be hosting our annual national convention in Milwaukee, WI. We want to spread the word far and wide so that SDSers across the nation and progressive students can begin making plans to attend this exciting and important convention the weekend of November 11th thru the 13th.
For Milwaukee SDS, a lot of logistics and money go into making sure that people are housed and fed. If your in a chapter and have the ability to bring food for either yourselves or non-perishables that can feed approximately 150 people, please indicate that on the registration form! This will help us cut costs and and will allow us to focus more on making this convention a success!
If you are not in a chapter but would like to support our efforts, SDS on a national level is ALWAYS looking for charitable donations. Your contribution can help raise scholarship money for SDSers who are lacking travel funds. Please consider donating here: http://www.newsds.org/?q=node/13
The national convention has consistently been a space that youth and students throughout the country gather to share progressive ideologies, ideas for action, and methods of organizing. We have done this in the past through plenaries, inviting speakers and hosting a variety of workshops taught by and for SDSers and other progressive youth. Workshop topics have included everything from how to make a flyer, how to run successful campaigns on your campus, and Mud-Stenciling. These skill shares are a part of what makes our conventions memorable and our movements stronger. While we do have limited space for what we can accomplish over the weekend of the convetion, we encourage everyone to submit workshop proposals that they might be willing to teach. You can do this on the registration form below.
Lastly, this year we are really encouraging all chapters to fundraise locally to contribute to their own methods of transportation. While SDS on a national has some money there’s not a lot so we are asking local chapters to attempt to cover enough of their own expenses. Hosting a hang out or a party that comes with a $5 cover at the door is an easy way for friends and supporters to invest in your activities. Sending letters to supportive faculty or staff on your campuses that ask for a donation is another easy way to raise money for your chapter. Need other ideas? Email us at email@example.com or start a thread on the SDS facebook page.
If you are planning to come to the convention, please fill out the registration form as soon as possible. This will help us with planning when it comes to housing, food, reserving rooms, and allocating funds. In addition, there are limited funds available for travel stipends if you and/or your chapter needs financial help in getting to Milwaukee. These funds are limited, and we encourage chapters to look primarily at fundraising locally or getting your school to sponsor you – but don’t be intimidated to apply!
Register early! News, information and the schedule of events for the weekend will be forthcoming.
We look forward to an exciting convention. Everyone’s involvement is what will really make it great!