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YDS Statement in Solidarity with Standing Rock

Statement passed by the YDS Coordinating Committee on September 1st, 2016

Ever since 1492, the indigenous peoples of North America have faced relentless violence and attempts of cultural genocide from external power structures. From historic abuses, such as the Trail of Tears; to contemporary injustices, such as the epidemic of suicide among indigenous youth, or the almost inhumane living standards on reservations in modern times. The spirit and resolve of the first peoples to live on the land we now call the United States of America has been intentionally and mindfully oppressed for centuries. Thus, to see the people of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas stand up against the expansion of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline through their lands, and across the Missouri River, their source of fresh water is to see an awakening of the heart and mind to which we all should bear witness and show solidarity.

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Start a YDS Chapter Today!


Starting a Young Democratic Socialists Chapter is easy! Just fill out this form to get the process started and a YDS leader will be in touch!

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"From Sanders to the Grassroots" A Triumph in Socialist Unity


"From Sanders to the Grassroots" brought together over 50 students and youth activists from the Young Democratic Socialists, College Students for Bernie, and Student Labor Action Project. Numerous students joined YDS at the event and everyone left committed to YDS's national priority: Towards an Anti-Racist Socialism.

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Join Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara at "From Sanders to the Grassroots"

Bhaskar.jpgYDS alumnus and Jacobin magazine editor Bhaskar Sunkara is one of the amazing speakers at "From Sanders to the Grassroots." He'll be joining Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, Bill Fletcher Jr., author and radical trade unionist, Chris Riddiough, national feminist activist, Maria Svart, National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Joseph Schwartz, a leading socialist intellectual.


See the full agenda here! 

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"From Sanders to the Grassroots" Conference in the National News!

In an interview with The Chronicle for Higher Education, College Student for Bernie activist Alex Forgue covered many topics, but plugged the upcoming "From Sanders to the Grassroots" conference his group is cosponsoring with the Young Democratic Socialists.

Don't forget to register for the event here. Travel scholarship deadline is July 15th and you can apply here.

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