YDS Statement On Ferguson

By the YDS-Coordinating Committee

Hands up but they're shooting anyway / The Independent via Getty

The murder of Michael Brown by the Ferguson police was a tragedy that has affected us all. YDS understands that police violence is not limited to individual police officers or departments, but rather part of a larger bourgeois structure that has existed historically to keep working class people, especially African Americans, under a constant and barbaric state of surveillance.

The attempts by the Ferguson police and others to justify the killing of an unarmed 17 year old by demonizing him in the media must stop. When white cattle ranchers led by Cliven Bundy staged an armed insurrection, no-one was shot or killed. When so-called “guns rights activists” carried assault rifles into public places, endangering the safety of everyone around them, including children, nobody was shot or killed. When James Egan Holmes entered a theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire, injuring 82 and killing 12, he was arrested peacefully and made to stand trial. The message that police forces are sending is that the lives of black people are worth less than any other.

Now is not the time for neoliberal 'solutions' to police. We support the demilitarization of all police forces and call for greater citizen oversight of the police who are meant to serve them so that communities can police themselves rather than be occupied. We demand that officer Darren Wilson be made to stand trial for murder. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and call for answers to their demands.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

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