YDS Statement in Support of Democracy for All Amendment

Drafted by Jacob Curry
Image from PFAW site

In support of the Democracy for All Amendment petition by People for the American Way:

The time has come for us to kick big money out of politics and take our democracy back. To that end, a coalition of over 28 nonprofits, labor unions, communities of faith and other progressive organizations are working towards gathering 5 million signatures on a petition calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United v. FEC before its 5th anniversary. Since the Citizens United decision, over 550 towns, 16 states, and 200 members of Congress are officially in favor of amending the Constitution. In September 2014, the US Senate debated a proposed amendment for a week with 55 senators going on the record in favor of overturning Citizens United.

YDS supports this effort to rid our political system of big money. When money from wealthy donors is able to sway elections and create politicians beholden to their capitalist masters, democracy is corrupted. As socialists, it is our job to ensure that democratic principles are upheld. One person, one vote. When the wealthy run the system, an oligarchy is what you have. As socialists, we want democracy and to that end we support this petition.

Sign the petition for the Democracy for All Amendment (SJ Res 19) and tell Congress that we want big money out of politics. We want our democracy back!

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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)

Check out the working program (subject to change)