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Youth Organizing in the U.S.

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Introduction: Youth Organizing in the U.S.

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The Long Arc

Greisa Martinez Rosas on the importance of personal transformation, the long arc of the movement for justice, and how United We Dream’s strategies are shifting with the new administration. 


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Oakland Students Turn the Tables

How Oakland Kids First built youth governing power during a pandemic

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Youth power requires more than electoral organizing

Our electoral organizing model increased turnout, but young people of color deserve more.


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Young People Will Carry Us On

Tynetta Hill-Muhammad on why she sees young people as the foundation of the abolitionist movement, the work BYP100 does to transform the personal into the political, and the challenges and opportunities of working cross-generationally.

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Transforming youth-led organizing in the digital age

While technology is transforming grassroots organizing in incredible ways, the core of our work is still relationship building.

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Progressive Organizers Must Redefine Success in...

I want the rest of America to see the rural America that I see: the queer and trans youth and youth of color refusing to be ignored and the young people demanding progressive change in order to save our planet and humanity.

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From Demanding to Commanding Power

We must find ways to transform the whole system, not just change policies. That will never happen unless we change the people, the culture, and the power young people of color have over their lives.

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“Make the status quo unlivable”

Providence Student Union’s Emma Jewett on empowering young people to take action, navigating relationships with adult allies, and why youth organizing is such a powerful mechanism for change.

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Advocacy Within the School House

How Generation Citizen is pushing civics beyond the classroom to the community

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How YDSA Will Grow Post-Bernie

YDSA National Coordinating Committee Co-Chair Sarandon Elliott talks about the opportunities and challenges facing YDSA in this moment, her plans to help grow the organization over the next year, and the difference between socialist organizing and other forms of campus activism. 

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From Climate Strikes to the Union Hall

Young workers are key to building the labor climate movement.

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Commentary: Youth Organizing in the U.S.

We must build young leaders to make mass organization possible.