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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...

The Red Tape Remains: Columbia Students in Solidarity with Sexual Assault Survivors

George Joseph on September 13, 2014

Yesterday, in its first public rally, Columbia’s anti-rape group, No Red Tape, called on students to come out and voice their experiences of sexual violence directly in front of Low Library, the seat of Columbia’s administration. Last year, No Red...

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...

Arriba Lxs Que Luchan: Chilean Students Struggling to Win

Alexi S on August 07, 2014

From 2011 onwards, the Chilean student movement, represented by the Confederation of Chilean Students (CONFECH), an organization made up of student federations from major universities across the country, has made the concrete demand for free education, drawing hundreds of thousands...

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...

Resisting One Newark

Raven Rakia on May 28, 2014

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the Newark Students Union (NSU) called for a rally on 2 Cedar Street, at the Board of Education building. As their supporters rallied outside, nine high school students from the NSU entered the building where...

The Fisk Takeover: Wesleyan student's recreate 1969 occupation in short film

The Fisk Takeover on May 27, 2014

Based on the events of February 21st, 1969 at Wesleyan University. Follow us https://twitter.com/RebelXEmpire Check out http://thefisktakeover.tumblr.com/ On Friday, February 21st, 1969, the Black Students of Wesleyan took over Fisk Hall. They brought all academic processes to a halt to...

Bleeding Kansas

Muna Mire on May 24, 2014

This past week, the state of Kansas captured the attention of the nation and the news cycle as the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a case which made the Topeka Board of Education famous, touched off a...

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...

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....

WSA Adopts Resolution Supporting Divestment From Israeli Military Occupation of Palestine

on May 06, 2014

At Sunday’s meeting, the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) voted to adopt Resolution 11.35, which calls for the University and the WSA to divest from companies that profit from the occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem....

SUNY Website Highlights Hypocrisy

Jess Rybak on April 28, 2014

It’s ironic, insulting, and revealing of the true nature of SUNY. SUNY – the statewide public university system of New York – is currently masquerading as an institution that offers something it does not: an environment for accessible public education....

23 Columbia Students File Clery Act and Title IX & II Complaints Against University

George Joseph on April 24, 2014

Trigger Warning: The following content discusses specific cases of sexual assault “I don’t trust the University to take my experience or my safety more seriously than they take their own public image.“– Cami Quarta, Columbia survivor and complainant This morning,...

William and Mary's Legacy of Racism Still Stands Strong

Brittney Harrington on April 09, 2014

I am a descendent of slaves attending a school that was founded with my explicit exclusion in mind. I walk through halls built by my shackled ancestors and I wonder what it means for my body to exist here, for...

Breaking Past the Brochure

George Joseph on April 06, 2014

(Note: Names have been changed to protect students from further administrative reprisal.) Members of No Red Tape,  a Columbia University students’ group, attempted a silent action today at a gathering for prospective students. Following the example of Dartmouth students last...

Transgender Student Harassed on Campus

Andraya Williams on April 03, 2014

On March 19th, 2014 I was publicly humiliated and harassed by a female security officer on [Central Piedmont Community College] CPCC’s campus. In attempting to file a complaint about the incident, I was turned away and intimidated. On March 19th...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Stand! Fight! University of New Brunswick Union On Strike

Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 20, 2014

Temperatures hovered just above freezing in New Brunswick last week, and yet a group of people at the Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton campuses of the University of New Brunswick spent days standing outside. That group was hundreds of the...

Reimagining Freedom: One Student’s Take on the Escuelita

Molly Stuart on January 17, 2014

Laughter rolls out of the women around me and mixes with the smoke of the wood fire. The thread was all tangled again because I just dropped part of the loom on the dirt floor. The mother of the house,...

To All The Teachers Telling Us To Not Go Into Teaching, Stop.

Stephanie Rivera on January 15, 2014

Ever since I started my blog (exactly!) 2 years ago, I have been told a number of times: Stay away. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. It’s not what you think it is. In the past few...

Portland Students Walk Out to Take Back Their Voices

George Joseph on January 13, 2014

People in the “education reform” movement often claim that policy makers must put students’ needs over teachers’ demands. Whether it be Michelle Rhee’s “Students First” lobbying campaign or corporate-sponsored “student activist” groups like Teach for America and Students for Education...

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....

Andy Lopez, Police Brutality, and Silencing Youth Anger

Raven Rakia on December 13, 2013

Police brutality resistance has sprung up in Santa Rosa, California. In October and November, the town saw  marches, forums and meetings to address the police slaying of a 13-year-old boy. On October 29, the first march, hundreds of kids walked...

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...

Students Fined $5,000 for Activism by Wesleyan University

Mariama Eversley and Ross Levin on December 03, 2013

The self-proclaimed “Diversity University” is at it again.  Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, is prosecuting three trans* and gender-nonconforming students for taking political action to address transgender discrimination on campus.  This comes just one year after the University reversed...

The Campus Freedom Index Is Not What It Seems

Laurent Bastien Corbeil on November 18, 2013

MONTREAL – There’s nothing as dangerous as the press release in journalism. Press releases are engaging, easy to read, and they can summarize massive amounts of data. This is why newsrooms find them particularly attractive. Instead of scanning through hundreds...

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...

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...

“Mi Tierra No Se Vende”: Understanding the Free Trade Agreement and the Current Protests in Colombia

Cristine Khan on September 18, 2013

[Note: The views in this article in no way reflect the views or opinions of the Fulbright Colombia program nor those of the U.S. Fulbright program.] As I was walking into the university in Bogotá, Colombia, where I work as...

Faramawy Must Go Free

Taher El Moataz Bellah on July 25, 2013

On the 28th of January 2011 Mohamed Faramawy was present in Tahrir square. Despite being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, his decision to join was motivated by the noble duty of toppling a corrupt regime and not by the...

Debt, Austerity and the Sequester

Pauline Holdsworth on July 14, 2013

In the B-movie adaptation of this political year, we’ve already run out the clock twice. That’s one of the dominant metaphors being used to talk about the sequester and the student loan rate increase that went into effect on July...

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...

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....

Telling My Mom Why I Went to Chicago for the Teachers Strike

Stephanie Rivera on June 28, 2013

I was scrolling down my newsfeed on Facebook yesterday and came across a video of Chicago students speaking out at their Board of Education meeting, shocking the room, and getting pulled out by security. Chills ran up and down my...

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...