Welcome to the Tampa Bay DSA Convention webpage!

     This November, we will hold our very first Chapter Convention and Steering Committee Elections!  Internal democracy is a critical part of a Socialist membership organization like DSA.  This exciting event will be a wonderful opportunity for the membership to present, debate and vote on new proposals and ideas.  You must be a dues paying member of DSA in good standing to vote and debate in the convention.  All members are strongly encouraged to attend!
When: November 17th, 2018 from 3-7pm
Where: National Nurses United union hall in Ybor City.  Address is 1406 N. 19th St. Tampa, FL 33605

On Saturday, November 17th, our Chapter Convention will hold space for us to gather for a four part meeting: (1) Year in Review, (2) Bylaws Amendments, (3) Chapter Resolutions, (4) Steering Committee Elections.  Our normally scheduled General Meeting for November 14th will be moved to accomodate the convention on the weekend.  During our first Convention, we will celebrate our chapter’s last Year in Review with a photo and video slideshow to highlight our achievements and reflect on its challenges, submitted by the membership of course!  Next we will have the opportunity to engage in comradely debate on political and internal resolutions, as well as on amendments to our bylaws as we create and expand our internal structures to support the growth of our chapter.  And last, we will host a candidate forum and elect our chapter’s leadership for next term, for the positions of co-chairs (2), secretary, treasurer, social media manager and organizers (5).

Convention Proposals

Convention proposals include Bylaws Amendments and Chapter Resolutions.  Amendments shall be accepted up to and during the convention.  Click here to read all convention proposals.  

Convention Rules

Convention rules can be viewed in this document found at this link here.  


Links to the submission forms, including deadlines are as follows:

     We encourage you to please nominate comrades for steering committee roles and let them know that you’ve noticed their good work and leadership qualities. Self-nominations are encouraged too!  If you are interested in running, but still need more information, the outgoing Steering Committee will have an open info session/hangout with current and past SC members on the evening of Oct. 6 where you can find out more about the various SC roles.  The session will be at the dock or nearby picnic table at the NE corner of Robert Cole Community Lake,  4100 N 17th St Tampa, from 6:30-8 pm.
     If you are interested in participating but have questions, or would like to connect with others to work on drafting a resolution or bylaw amendment, please respond to this email and a member of our Steering Committee will answer your request.
Year in Review: submission form; due Saturday, November 10th at 11:59 pm
Steering Committee Nominations: submission form; due Saturday, October 20th at 11:59 pm
Resolutions: submission form; due Saturday, October 20th at  11:59 pm
Bylaws Amendmentssubmission form; due Saturday, October 20th at  11:59 pm
     You will receive a Convention Bulletin (to be posted on our Convention webpage) on October 23rd with all resolutions, amendments and convention details including convention rules and the day’s agenda.  A second notice will go out again one week in advance on November 10th.  If you are as excited as we are to put this Convention on and feel inspired to volunteer to help, please reach out to us at DSA.Tampa@gmail.com.
In solidarity,
Tampa Bay DSA Steering Committee