The Minnesota Young DFL Caucus will be hosting its 2017 Annual Convention on Sunday, May 21st, at the beautiful McNamara Alumni Center! The convention will be a major gathering point for young progressives in Minnesota and an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to get involved with politics.
Whether you are still in school or are a young professional, we all share a common generational bond. Even greater however, is our bond as Americans. Right now, our values and identity of what it means to be an American are systematically assaulted every day – both in Trump’s Washington and the Republican controlled Minnesota Legislature. We simply cannot stand aside at this pivotal moment. We must come together as a community, a country, and a people to make a difference. Coming to conventions like these is the first step to making this a reality and we hope to see you there.
Am I part of the caucus? What even is the Young DFL caucus?
The Democratic party is made up of various caucuses. The Minnesota Young DFL (Minnesota’s name for the Democratic Party) Caucus is the official representation caucus for the party. This means that the caucus gets voting seats in party affairs, is regularly invited to party events, and has a strong voice in shaping policy within the party. The caucus is made up of a variety of young progressives ranging from high schooler students to working professionals. If you are 35 years or under, you are automatically a part of the caucus!
Ultimately, the caucus is a great way for newcomers to organized politics to get involved. Worried about diving in too deep? Don’t worry – being a part of the caucus is about being part of a community and involvement levels vary big time. Coming to conventions like these is a perfect way to see what the caucus is like and see how much you’d like to get involved.
Do I need a ticket to attend the convention?
You will not need a ticket to attend the convention.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
We would highly recommend that folks attending from the Twin Cities use public transport like light rail or buses because (1) it’s good for the environment, (2) the McNamara center is right next to the light rail, and (3) it’s much more convenient than using University Parking. For those outside the Twin Cities which need to commute by car, the McNamara Alumni center has a variety of parking options which can be found here. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for the cost of parking.
What travel options do you have for people outside of the Twin Cities?
We are very aware that the convention’s location in Minneapolis hurts folks seeking to attend from outside of the Twin Cities. The caucus is called the Minnesota Young DFL Caucus, not the Twin Cities Young DFL Caucus and it is simply not ok to not give the opportunity for all of Minnesota’s young progressives to attend. For that reason, we will be providing a $25 gas card to be given at convention check per vehicle (not person) in for those traveling outside of the Twin Cities and first ring suburbs. These cards are limited in supply and contingent upon available funding. To apply for your gas card, email [email protected] with your name and home location.
What will happen at the convention?
The convention will primarily be a gathering point for young progressives in Minnesota with different speakers, mingle time, and breakout sessions. We will also be conducting caucus business of electing the new leadership team in the afternoon. Our tentative agenda is:
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Registration and Welcome
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Keynotes from Lisa Bender and Attorney General Swanson
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: SD 60 and MYDFL Training Sessions
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch (The last 30 minutes of this will be a young candidate’s panel).
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Networking to meet various candidates, groups, and causes in Minnesota.
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Official MYDFL Business Meeting and Officer Elections
Notice 1. All DFL candidates for statewide office will be allowed to speak for two minutes at the convention. To speak, simply speak to the chairs (which will be seated and displayed at the front). The chairs will give the candidate the floor for a two-minute speech when an appropriate opening presents itself in the schedule.
Notice 2. For MYDFL officer candidates that would like a list of attending delegates, please email [email protected].
*Delegate = anyone who meets the qualifications to vote (35 years or younger).