YDS-CC Statement on Bernie Sanders' Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

The Young Democratic Socialists understands, but does not follow, why Senator Bernie Sanders ultimately made the political maneuver to endorse Hillary Clinton for President in the face of a Trump candidacy. Regardless of our agreements and disagreements with the Sanders endorsement, or continuing to debate the presidential candidate to vote for, now is the time to consider what we as a movement will do to make real change happen. We are in a pinnacle moment where we can direct our Bernie energy where it matters. It is time to put our feet on the ground and do some real grassroots organizing.

YDS believes that organizing on the ground for fundamental social movement growth and building political power with progressive and left wing politicians, is more important than the presidential campaign. The upcoming months provide an opportunity for this political combination. Our struggles should be aimed at seriously intersecting the Movement for Black Lives, the eminent threat of climate change, feminist struggles beyond breaking glass ceilings, and the ongoing fight against the 1%.

The power is in the hands of the people.

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commented 2016-07-17 20:30:34 -0400 · Flag
Let the liberals get Hillary elected. Socialists should be fighting for socialism.
commented 2016-07-16 16:01:16 -0400 · Flag
Saying in effect, we don’t like Hill so we’ll concentrate on something else, and we won’t take any time trying to figure out why Bernie wants people to work for her election.

This isn’t politics, it’s passive aggression. Bernie is clear about why he made his choice – the possibility of a Trump win is too dangerous not to intervene directly, and the only effective way to do that is to work for a majority vote for Hill in swing states.

I disagree with one thing Bernie says: Hillary is the lesser evil. That’s why we have to both hope for and take action for her beating Il Douche. The lesser evil is still evil, but still lesser. That’s why the few months before the election require that focus.

In the process, YDS will make contact with many Hill supporters who actually favor Bernie’s positions on most or all major issues. That connection is worth all the red flags we can wave, and more.

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)