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Palestinian ‘Right to Education’ Tour Travels US During Our Intifada

Michelle Zei on February 07, 2015

Imagine being arrested for trying to obtain an education. For students in Palestine, educational suppression is commonplace and one of the Israeli occupation’s many tactics to keep Palestinians oppressed. Education equips people with knowledge about their circumstance and tools for...

The Silence of Art Basel — Police Violence, National Unrest and Other Stories

Hira Mahmood on December 23, 2014

I don’t call myself an artist – but that doesn’t mean I’m not intrigued by the artist’s world. From the position of a consumer and patron, I’m invested in exploring the false separation of art and the socio-political world. My...

Assata Shakur is Still Welcome Here

Queen Arsem-O'Malley and Isabelle Nastasia on December 17, 2014

Assata Olugbala Shakur is on our minds today. Yesterday, Obama announced that the U.S. and Cuba would normalize diplomatic relations, after almost 54 years of embargo. A White House fact sheet, dubbed “Charting a New Course on Cuba”, outlines the...

The Lumpen Blacks

Messiah Rhodes on December 02, 2014

I’ve visited Detroit, Portland, St. Louis, Newburgh and many little towns across the nation that you’d least expect. In their history, all experienced uprisings that would break the segregation of communities. But we have come far from our slave ships...

Open Letter from #StoptheParade

anonymous on November 29, 2014

We are a few of the thousands of people disrupting ‘business as usual’ and fighting back against the state sanctioned murders of Black individuals and communities. We stand in solidarity with demonstrations spreading all across the nation following the announcement...

Kai Newkirk, Pro-Democracy Leader Speaks about Day 16 of His Fast

Isabelle Nastasia on November 03, 2014

From small-scale actions targeting banks during Occupy Wall Street led by high school students to political organizing trainings to this summer’s 480-mile long March for Democracy, Kai Newkirk and 99Rise have orchestrated ongoing projects calling for an end to corruption....

#TodosSomosAyotzinapa (We all are Ayotzinapa)

Luz Rodea S. on October 28, 2014

On September 26, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural College for Teachers, located in a small town located in the state of Guerrero, México, were attacked in the city of Iguala by municipal police, while they were on their way to...

Trans* and intersex advocate Ashley Love reflects on vigil held for trans* women of color and the path toward peace

Hannah Giorgis on October 22, 2014

In a bold, compassionate call to action to legislators and community members alike, over 50 people came together outside the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Conference in Washington, D.C. last month as part of the Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter campaign....

Modern Day Civil Rights Architects Take to Social Media

Priscilla Ward on October 06, 2014

We cannot forget about Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the mainstream media’s coverage shift, the dialogue is still happening. Young people are continuing to respond in the killing of Michael Brown. Our lenses are being recalibrated as those under 25 claim their...

You Won't Get a Penny From Me

Sean Estelle on October 02, 2014

The first time I stepped foot on University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Campus was not for a campus tour or a prospective student orientation. It was for a ska/punk show at the Ché Café. The Ché, with its murals...

What Lena Dunham Taught Us about Unpaid Labor—and What We Taught Ourselves

Anwar Batte and Isabelle Nastasia on September 30, 2014

Yesterday, Lena Dunham—whose character on the HBO show Girls is one of the most recognizable millennial narratives in pop culture—was called out by Gawker for “hiring” unpaid opening acts on her book tour. Only a few hours later, under pressure...

Students Stand Up and Speak Out in Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, DC

James Cersonsky on August 15, 2014

This post, curated by {Young}ist contributor James Cersonsky, was originally published at StudentNation and is reprinted here with permission. 1) At 11, Not One More On August 2, more than 2,000 people marched on Washington, DC, to pressure President Obama...

Reflections From Behind the Brick Wall

Bakri R on August 01, 2014

“SCHOLARSHIP IS ART AND WE ARE ARTISTS. THIS IS IN ALL CAPS TO BE HEARD OVER THE NUMBING SILENCE AND CACOPHONIUS BLABBER OF THE ACADEMY. ARTISTS AND CREATORS AND LIFE-GIVERS ARE NOT APPRECIATED HERE. THERE IS NO BODILY INTEGRITY. NO...

How to Break Pride: A Guide for the LGBTQ Movement

Emma Caterine on June 22, 2014

Pride in and of itself is worthless. Not only worthless, but a dangerous complex of invulnerability to criticism or even review. Pride is held by all tyrants and key to control in oppressive systems. Whether you want to call it...

To My Comrades Still Navigating Higher Education

Alex Ngo on June 16, 2014

I am a recent college graduate inspired to write this as a thank you to my comrades for the times they picked up one of my fallen stars, embraced me, withered and weak, and lifted me back up. As I...

It’s Time for the Department of Education to Dump Sallie Mae

Beth Huang on June 11, 2014

For more than year, the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) – alongside coalition partners, including the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and U.S. Student Association – has been calling for the Department of Education to cancel its $100...

Kicking Out Condi: No Rice at Rutgers

David Bedford on June 08, 2014

After Rutgers students sat-in to protest Condoleezza Rice’s selection as commencement speaker, media outlets from across the country, ranging from USA Today to Fox News to the Daily Beast, tried their best to shoot us down. They accused us of...

Students Blockade for Trans Justice, Dish 18,000 Red Squares and Push California to Divest From Guns

James Cersonsky on June 06, 2014

This post, which was curated by Youngist contributor James Cersonsky, originally appeared at StudentNation, and is republished here with permission. 1. As Deportations Rage, Five Blockade for Queer and Trans Justice On Tuesday, May 27, LGBTQ organizers from across the...

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduation About Working For Social Change

Eli Schmitt on May 28, 2014

When I graduated from college and moved to New York City, I learned a lot about social justice movements, and how young people do or don’t fit into them. Some of what I learned was told to me by other...

Since when does free speech require students stay quiet?

Sam Warren on May 27, 2014

Since former University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau declined to receive an honorary degree from my very own Haverford College, commentators have decried the intolerance of the protesters who criticized his invitation to commencement. Student speech obstructed Birgeneau’s right...

Smith Students Stand Up, Lagarde Backs Down

Alyssa Flores and Kimberly Garcia on May 26, 2014

In February, President Kathleen McCartney announced that the Smith College commencement speaker would be Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Inviting Lagarde undermined Smith’s claim of building a more diverse community to empower marginalized voices—specifically, voices of...

The Revolution Should Not Be Boring

H Kapp-Klote on May 25, 2014

Say what you will about advanced capitalism, it’s definitely lively. The ecosystem is being destroyed, there is a fundamental disconnect between those in power and those they are supposed to represent, and white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and neoliberalism are all consuming....

These Students Put Their Faith in Organizing, You Won't Believe What Happened Next

on May 23, 2014

It’s not every day you see 100 students deliver 4,000 petitions to the School Board President, but that’s exactly what happened in Los Angeles on April 29, 2014. Students asked Dr. Vladovic, President of the L.A. Unified School Board, to...

Ricochet: Radically Mainstream

Michael Lee-Murphy on May 21, 2014

The AP tells its reporters ‘keep it short’. Larger legacy media consistently misses or willfully ignores stories of major importance, like missing and murdered indigenous women. Whenever stories about Quebec appear in English media in the rest of the country,...

California March for Democracy

on May 20, 2014

The California March for Democracy, a campaign of 99Rise, will be a nonviolent campaign to elevate and dramatize the corruption of money-in-politics and activate greater public support for the fight for political equality. On March 17th, we rallied in Los...

Northeastern University’s Definition of Consent Allowed Assailant to Transfer

George Joseph on May 07, 2014

Early this morning, Youngist received a report that a survivor of sexual assault has chosen to file a federal complaint against Northeastern University. The filing comes on the heels of a flood of Title IX complaints from students across the...

As the School Year Ends, Students Force Out Condoleezza Rice, Walk Out on Fee Hikes and Stage a Sit-In for Divestment

James Cersonsky on May 07, 2014

This post, which was curated by Youngist contributor James Cersonsky, originally appeared at StudentNation, and is republished here with permission. On May Day, California Students and Workers Unleash On May 1, students marched, rallied, walked out and sat-in across California....

Why I Will Never Be 'Ready for Hillary'

William C. Anderson on March 31, 2014

If you have kept up with the US political cycle, you noticed potential prospects for the next President touted after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie are familiar names for many of us – even...

Leveraging institutional power

Kate Aronoff and Stephen O'Hanlon on March 28, 2014

As we look back on the last 150 years of Swarthmore, we might ask: what will Swarthmore look like in 150 years? At its sesquicentennial, Swarthmore can claim a long history of envisioning a better world. Founder Lucretia Mott envisioned...

What Happened in Albany? Interpreting the Massive Parent Turnout in Support of Charter Schools

George Joseph on March 24, 2014

March 4th in Albany felt like a massive field trip gone wrong. On the same day that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rallied over a thousand students, parents, and labor activists to the capital in support of his...

Students of Color Continue to Target Napolitano, Demand Resignation

The Student of Color Solidarity Coalition on March 18, 2014

“We have been waiting for Napolitano to come… and finally she is here, but she is hiding, she remains in one building and does not leave…where she says she is doing her “listening and learning tour” behind doors with only...

Stand Your Ground laws found “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” by United Nations Human Rights Committee

Sandra Khalifa on March 14, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland — Yesterday, multiple members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN HRC) found Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and similar laws around the country to be “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” – Article Six of...

Barnard College Censors Students for Justice in Palestine

George Joseph on March 13, 2014

This Monday, to kick off End Israeli Apartheid Week, the Barnard-Columbia chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine hung up a banner in front of Barnard Hall, featuring a map of historical Palestine. In response, students and parents from campus...

What’s the Matter With California? Student Dispatches From Santa Cruz to the Border

James Cersonsky on March 08, 2014

(This post which was edited by Youngist contributor James Cersonsky, was originally published by The Nation and is republished here with permission.) Contact studentmovement@thenation.com with any questions, tips or proposals. Edited by James Cersonsky (@cersonsky). As Napolitano Sits, Campus Occupations...

We’re Tired of the Kids Table

Erik Lampmann on March 04, 2014

Institutions dedicated to the pursuit of the ‘common good’ will be unable to forge meaningful coalitions, strategize policy interventions, or leverage communities’ collective voices without integrated youth at argue youth at the highest levels of spaces invested with real decision-making...

Students Rally to Topple Trans-Pacific Partnership, “NAFTA on Steroids”

Dennis Trainor, Jr. | The Resistance Report on January 24, 2014

January 22 marked the beginning of a ten-day push by groups who work on a wide variety of issues to stop Congress from granting the President Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The push culminates in an Intercontinental Day...

Florida Senators to Consider Future of Private Prison Company In Wake of Sexual Abuse

Sandra Khalifa on January 13, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Senators will yield to mounting pressure from youth, community members, and fellow legislators from across the state and hold a public meeting on Wednesday to examine multiple allegations of abuse, negligence and unsanitary living conditions at...

Cornell 'Revamps' Sexual Assault Policy, Not Time for Praise

Anna-Lisa Castle on January 10, 2014

The Huffington Post published an article Wednesday entitled “Cornell Revamps Sexual Assault Policies, Takes Proactive Approach.” The piece, written by Tyler Kingkade, is largely dedicated to lauding my institution’s “proactive approach” to its sexual assault policies—namely, President Skorton’s meeting with...

Columbia Students’ Fight Against Campus Sexual Violence— And For Administrative Transparency

George Joseph on December 27, 2013

Society’s historically racist template for what sexual violence looks like generally confines itself to the dark city alley in which a Black male stranger overpowers a young white girl. But for college students the reality is much closer to home....

In the Bay Area, Residents Fight Back Against Tech Giants

Chris Longenecker on December 21, 2013

Also postedhere  It was a lot less street theater this time around, and a lot more action. On Friday, December 20th, emboldened by the success of anti-eviction protests against a “Google bus” in San Francisco’s Mission District the week prior,...

Dream Defenders Just Picked a Fight with the Youth Private Prison Industry. Here’s Why.

Josh McConnell on December 19, 2013

Experts say the continued growth of for-profit prison operators like Youth Services International amounts to a cautionary tale about the perils of privatization: In a drive to cut costs, Florida has effectively abdicated its responsibility for some of its most...

Imagine if Everyday Were 9/11. For One Community in the United States, It Is.

Camila Ibanez on December 12, 2013

{Young}ist is proud to co-publish this article with Waging Nonviolence. On the day of the Swift raids, more than 300 U.S.-born children came home to find at least one of their parents gone. Seven years ago today on a crisp...

Students Fighting The CUNY Machine Learn From , Connect With Frontline Groups

Amity Paye on December 11, 2013

On November 25, student activists and their allies held a protest against the City University of New York’s Board of Trustees meeting. “During the Fall of 2013, the CUNY Machine has joined forces with militarism and suppressing free expression on...

The Real Movers and Shakers

Erik Lampmann on November 14, 2013

There are actions, policies, battles … and then there are movements. Over the past few weeks I’ve grown increasingly concerned that episodic protests, press releases, and elections receive the lion’s share of our concern, while strategic movements to build strong, resilient...

Students for Justice in Palestine: Building a Movement from the Ground Up

Sean Estelle on November 11, 2013

The third annual Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference on October 25-27 continued the trend of growth in the Palestinian solidarity movement on college campuses across the United States. The theme of the conference was “From Margin to Center: Connecting...

Barnard College’s Sex Restrictions

George Joseph on November 04, 2013

This fall, when students shuffled back into their dorms at Barnard College, one of the nation’s premier all women’s universities, many were surprised to hear that they would only be allowed to have guests sleep over no more than six...

With a Class-Biased Admissions Policy, Who Gets to Make History at George Washington University?

Samuel Nelson on October 31, 2013

“If you want to make history, it helps to be in the thick of it,” it says on the steps of the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center. This imagery is part of GW’s shiny new $600,000 rebranding, all...

The Revolution Will Not Be (Russell) Brand-ed

Suey Park and Isabelle Nastasia on October 29, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, actor and comedian Russell Brand has been praised by several blogs and social media users for his viral video and last week’s New Statesman manifesto calling for revolution. The headlines speak for themselves: “Russell...

All Out for Marissa Alexander

Suey Park on October 24, 2013

{Young}ist sits down with Sumayya Fire, a member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, to talk about the Marissa Alexander case, and what we can do to help fight for justice for Marissa, and against domestic violence at large....

What It Takes to #ShutdownICE

Cayden Mak on October 18, 2013

On Thursday, the Bay Area showed it has what it takes to shut down ICE. Undocumented youth leaders, joined by members of the faith community, physically blocked an ICE bus headed to the San Francisco Airport for two hours. The...

Voices from the March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect

Muna Mire on October 07, 2013

This past Saturday, October 5, thousands of immigrants and their supporters coordinated a nationwide March for Immigrant Respect and Dignity. There were demos in more than one hundred cities across America. Marchers renewed calls to Congress to take meaningful action...

Immigrant Youth Escalate the Fight to End Deportations and ‘Bring Them Home’

Isabelle Nastasia on September 30, 2013

From the organization that orchestrated the ‘Dream Nine’ border-crossing and hunger strikes this past August, 30 young undocumented immigrants are preparing to cross the border back into the United States from Mexico to the states they grew up in. This...

The Greatest Corporate Attack You’ve Never Heard Of

William C. Anderson and Natalie Yoon on September 25, 2013

There is something big coming our way. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It’s a trade deal that dwarfs the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), set to conclude as early as the end of the year.  TPP has been...

Students Protest Militarization at CUNY and War Criminal David Petraeus’ New Position

Sharmin Hossain on September 25, 2013

In a political reality where the Senate Foreign Policy committee approves U.S. military intervention in Syria; where we uncover thousands of Iraqi children born with deformities as a result of U.S. chemical weapon attacks; and where the continuous illegal detainment...

North Carolina Students Fight Back Against Voter Suppression’ New Position

Bryan Perlmutter on September 24, 2013

Elizabeth City, N.C.—On September 19, early voting opened in Pasquotank County, home to Elizabeth City State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Earlier this year, ECSU Senior Montravias King initially had his application to run for City Council...

'The long emergency ahead': Reproductive Justice Organizing in Red States and Rural Spaces

Pauline Holdsworth on September 19, 2013

What does long-term progress for the reproductive justice movement look like? How do we create and sustain conversations that extend beyond major political moments and recognize the hours of unaccounted, exhausting work that make those moments possible? What does responsible,...

The Necessity of High School Organizing

Kathryn Seidewitz on September 11, 2013

I just graduated from high school. I was a high school activist. Actually, I was an activist in high school. I think the distinction is important to make. Although I attended many protests, hung out with anarchists, and spent a...

Tweeting for Racial Justice: Millennials Take to Organizing Online

Muna Mire on September 09, 2013

Stereotypes of millennials are being turned on their head as racial justice conversations are now taking place in a new arena: Twitter. The Internet has recently provided young activists of colour a platform from which to amplify conversations around appropriation,...

{Young}ist’s Two Minutes in Solidarity with the Dream Defenders and #OurMarch

{Young}ist Editorial Board on September 07, 2013

As {Young}ist reported last week, three young people—Alayna Eagle Shield, Sofia Campos and Phillip Agnew—were cut from the speaking list at the anniversary of the March on Washington. All this week, young people have been responding by posting their own...

Chronicle of a Bankruptcy Foretold: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and Detroit

Eric Ginsburg on September 06, 2013

Even a casual observer of the Motor City’s decline isn’t shocked that Detroit is bankrupt, but saturated media coverage ignores the fact that this outcome wasn’t inevitable. Predicting aspects of the collapse long before the current crisis, people living in...

Youth Defending the Dream: Young People Take on Conservative Powerhouse ALEC

Kim Moore on August 21, 2013

An alliance of students and young people from across the country called, “We Got Next”, have planned a dramatic action in Crystal City, Virginia at the headquarters of the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Friday, August 23rd to...

Catch Up With Fast Food

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on August 14, 2013

Organizers have announced that the ongoing national wave of fast food strikes is going to escalate in the next week. Not sure what we’re talking about? Catch up with the fast food strike in 5 minutes: Last November in New...

Bodies Without Borders

Katrina Casiño on August 06, 2013

Today President Obama is scheduled to break his silence on the Dream 9, a group of immigration reform activists who made national headlines when they self-deported two weeks ago in an act of civil disobedience and were subsequently detained at...

Re-Queering Pride

Ngoc Loan Tran on July 25, 2013

The history of Pride in America June was Pride month in the United States. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks from coast to coast celebrated the history of queer resistance led by drag queens, poor and homeless queer youth, and...

The University in Ruin: How Janet Napolitano’s Appointment Signals the Death of the University as We Know It

Hira Mahmood on July 15, 2013

According to reports, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will resign her cabinet position and will now become the next president of the University of California. Napolitano will replace Mark Yudof who has held the position since 2008, and...

Youth Coalition Reflects on the Zimmerman Trial

Phillip Agnew on July 09, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the face of opposition, the Dream Defenders, a multi-racial coalition, was founded after the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida. The coalition exists to train youth in nonviolent direct action and civic engagement in...

War and Why We Should Resist It

Nic Eaton on July 09, 2013

It’s time to reignite the anti-war movement. Despite what we hear from elected officials and the media, the War on Terror is far from over, and it’s far more than a single war. As drone bombings and night raids terrorize...

Student Loan Interest Rates Double, American Youth Still Fucked

Roshan Bliss on July 08, 2013

Congressional lawmakers threw young Americans under the bus again this week when they failed to pass a bill that would prevent the interest rate on a key group of student loans from automatically doubling on July 1st.  The inaction on...

Stonewall Riots

Mike Funk on June 29, 2013

Young New York based artist and musician Mike Funk’s comic about the story behind the Stonewall Riots. The comic is based on a speech that activist Sylvia Rivera gave in 2001. Check out the entire comic strip series here. //...

Youth Propel Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina

Eric Ginsburg on June 28, 2013

Tyler Swanson stood at the front of a line of youth, an 8 ½ x 11 picture of the A&T Four between his fingertips, listening as North Carolina NAACP President William Barber explained how they would approach the state legislature....

Occupy ERT Pushes Resistance in Greece Further

Μαρία Ζεπάτου on June 27, 2013

Less than two weeks ago, Greek government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou announced the closure of the public television broadcaster ERT - the initials in Greek standing for Greek Radio Television. No warning was given to the 2,700 workers who were portrayed...

Community Control, Bangladeshi Garment Workers and the NYPD

Sharmin Hossain on June 25, 2013

“I’m going to make sure you’re staying in that cold, wet jail cell tonight,” the sergeant told me the moment I got into the car. It was a rainy summer day in Brooklyn, New York. Earlier in the day, peaceful...

The Movimiento Nacional de Pendejos y My Poem

David Ramirez on June 05, 2013

Photo: David Ramirez (me) wearing a suit and tie at the NCORE conference as  “Daniel Vargas”, fictionalized Communications Director of Common App, Inc.  It took several months, almost a dozen people and several organizations (including Immigrant Youth Justice League, Freedom University and Fair Common...

My Movement Mom

Ngoc Loan Tran on May 12, 2013

The first time my mom saw me speak about social justice was on the 7 o’clock news. I was speaking about the effects of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on young LGBT people looking for reflections of themselves in society. It was...

A Source for Real Young People-Powered Digital Storytelling & News Commentary (Finally)

Alex Stevens on May 09, 2013

"I believe in {Young}ist because there is no other online space that proposes the level of critical engagement, critique, and progressive lifestyle within the current youth culture, that {Young}ist does."  - Saar Shemesh, {Young}ist art contributor, student organizer (sent from the...