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Friday, October 11th
7PM to 9pm: Social event/meet and greet

Saturday, October 12th
9:30am to 10:00am: Doors open and registration
10:00am to 10:15am: Welcome and opening
10:15am to 11:00am: Speaker: Reyma McCoy McDeid
11:00am to 12:00pm: Breakout groups and classes
12:00pm to 1:00pm: Lunch break
1:00pm to 2:00pm: Breakout groups and classes
2:00pm to 3:00pm: Panel discussion: LGBTQ+ Liberation
3:00pm to 3:15pm: Wrap up
Social event afterwards TBD

REYMA MCCOY MCDEID | The myth of ‘red’ rural America
Kicking off the event will be activist Reyma McCoy McDeid. She will give a speech titled: “The myth of ‘red’ rural America: how DSA can save progressives by shifting the harmful narratives about non-urban USA”. Reyma is a former candidate for office and the current executive director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (winner of the 2018 Organization of the Year award from the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission), winner of the Activist award from DAWN’s List , endorsed by the Asian & Latino Coalition , Iowa Women for Progressive Change, and the Working Families Party. She is also a single mom. Her campaign was featured in Pantsuit Nation – Public, TIME , the The Des Moines Register, The Gazette, and Progressive Voices of Iowa. Her vocation is mobilizing eligible voters who have been left out of the political process- the working class, people of color, folks with disabilities, religious minorities, and others. It’s a message that is relevant not just in our district, but throughout Iowa- and the US.”


  • Viminda Shafer from The Project
  • Gini Lester from Community Alliance Action Network
  • Jolene Gosha of Metro Trans Umbrella Group
  • More panelists may be added later

Without Intersectionality There Is No Justice: Learn how the tool of intersectionality can help us see, validate and amplify the hidden lived experiences of being a black woman or black marginalized gender person in America.

Accomplices Not Allies: This provocative workshop will address the allyship industrial complex, what real solidarity looks like, and how to fight against current counter-liberatory actions.

Housing Justice: Learn how to defend your rights when it comes to housing and your landlord. Learn the basics of what to do when you are discriminated against, what services must be maintained on the rental property and what your rights are when signing a lease.

Socialism 101: This workshop will provide a foundation of what socialism is, an exploration on the evolution of Marxist thought, and why Marx matters in our contemporary time.