YPDA Post-Election Statement

November 9, 2016

With Trump as president, a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a likely very conservative Supreme Court, this is the time now more than ever to organize and agitate for change.

For many of us, this was our first presidential election. We walked into this race starry eyed for Bernie and we ended up with someone who represents the exact opposite of the values that we hold dear.

To that end, we need to take time to feel the hurt. To comprehend what has happened to America. To heal through radical love.

But once we come from the ashes, we need to rise stronger than ever before. There’s a lot of work to do, and we will need all the help that we can get.

First, we will build a broad based coalition to target the specific legislation that Trump wants to enact during his first 100 days of presidency.

We will continue to be intersectional in our advocacy. we will defend the rights of all marginalized peoples and groups, including those who identify as Muslim, Immigrant, Woman, Disabled, LGTBQIA, a person of color, or any and all intersection.

We will fight against deportations, bigotry, and hate, and fight for justice in lived experiences of the most marginalized folks through civil disobedience and advocacy.

Second, we will continue our work in racial, political, environmental, and economic justice, tracking and advocating for policies that the people want. This includes our #NoDAPL work, Black Lives Matter, and Universal Healthcare.

Finally, we will agitate and organize locally and at the state level, where there is a lot of potential for change.

As we saw, California and Massachusetts legalized marijuana this past election. We also had our first female Muslim Somali woman elected in the Minnesota House of Representatives and first Latina Senator in Nevada.
Step by step, we can push America forward. The struggle continues.

Justice or Bust!

Solidarity,

Student Leaders of Young Progressives Demanding Action

YPDA Statement on #BlackLivesMatter

September 28, 2016

Alfred Olango. Henry Green. Keith Lamont Scott. Terence Crutcher. Ty’re King.

Within the past two weeks, four Black men and one Black child have lost their lives at the hands of reckless, racially charged police violence. Rather than enforcing justice, police men and women across our nation are enforcing stereotypes and perpetuating systemic racism.

Racialized profiling and unjust treatment is nothing new. This does not mean it is trivial. Our nation should take the time to mourn the loss of each innocent life, but we also must take responsibility and activate ourselves if we want to see a change.

This is about more than one or two police officers. This is about a corrupt system built upon white supremacy. Now is the time to break the deadly roots of our system and build upon the powerful lived experiences of those most disenfranchised and marginalized by society. Now is the time to listen to and amplify the voices of the Black men and women who have been suppressed for so long. Now is the time to implement policy that would hold corrupt members of our police force accountable. Now is the time to ensure that if anyone, law authority or not, takes the life of a child, they face repercussions.

We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement to magnify the unlawful treatment people of color face in the United States in their struggle for liberation.

In Solidarity,
Young Progressives Demanding Action

#BlackLivesMatter
#NoJusticeNoPeace