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Black Brunch Won’t Let Us Turn Away From Victims of Police Violence

Muna Mire on January 06, 2015

Black Brunch, the collectively led series of direct actions designed to afflict the comfortable has officially hit New York. This past Sunday, I joined organizers from Oakland who took the protests from their city to commercial brunch spots nationwide, including...

About this Movement

Ferguson Action, Millennial Activists United, Black Lives Matter, Organization for Black Struggle, BYP100, Hands Up United, The Dream Defenders and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice on December 16, 2014

This open letter was originally posted at Ferguson Action On the week of August 9th, Black youth in Ferguson took to the streets and kicked off a wave of resistance against police violence that has spread across the country. In...

#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...

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...

The Kids Aren't Alright - But They Might Be

Alice Lesperance on July 02, 2014

Two questions I’m constantly asked on my blog are some variation of, “Why do you care so much about the Millennial generation?” and “Why is punk important?” In fact, this week I was specifically asked “Why is Millennial punk so...

Do-It-Yourself in the Digital Age

Hira Mahmood on June 21, 2014

The Atlanta Zine Fest is an annual conference celebrating DIY and handmade media. The first Atlanta Zine Fest, held in 2013, garnered over 300 participants, 25 vendors, and 21 speakers/workshop facilitators. AZF holds events and programs year-round, culminating in a...

At the Frontlines, Youth Continue to Fight Queer and Trans Homelessness

Hannah K. Gold on June 11, 2014

The LGBT Rally for Homeless Youth began even before the hundreds of people who had gathered in Washington Square Park stood at attention before the stage, while they were still milling around and greeting one another. A smattering of joyous...

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....

Free Jane: Young Trans Woman Imprisoned Without Charges

Mariama Eversley on April 24, 2014

On this episode we speak with 3 guests — Chris Garaffa and Al Riccio from the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Aaron Romano the attorney of a 16-year-old trans girl who is currently incarcerated in a woman’s prison and...

{Young}ist Reclaims the Millennial Narrative

Muna Mire on April 06, 2014

Millennials are in vogue. But the very idea of the millennial is a top-down phenomenon, a canned attempt to market to a young demographic. It is a strategy that has found success through the sheer force and repetitiveness of its...

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...

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...

Letters From a YSI Jail

Sandra Khalifa and Arely Lozano-Baugh on January 17, 2014

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." — Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letters from a Birmingham...

Chicago Bureau Interview With Mariame Kaba: Can the U.S. Snap School-to-Prison Pipleline with New Rules?

Susan Du on January 14, 2014

This article was originally published by The Chicago Bureau, a publication devoted to examining issues of juvenile justice in Chicago. Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports youth involved in the criminal justice...

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...

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...

Belfast's Lesser Known Violence

Michael Lee-Murphy on September 10, 2013

By Michael Lee-Murphy A peace wall at Cupar Way in West Belfast, separating the Catholic Falls Road from the Protestant Shankill Road. (Robin Kirk/Duke Human Rights Center) As decades of the Rosary dragged by, the slack of years ago hauled upBead...

{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...

Jealous, Wanting and Waiting: Privilege and (Not) Having Sex

Kai Cheng Thom on September 05, 2013

This post is the first in a column series entitled “Bad Ass: Real Talk about (Queer) Sex and Dating”. “We have been raised to fear the yes within ourselves, our deepest cravings […] The fear of our desires keeps them...

Cameron’s Britain: This Property-Owning Democracy is No Place for Queer Youth

Alex Gabriel on September 04, 2013

When Margaret Thatcher died this April, “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” reached number two on the UK singles chart. Campaigns on social networks all but swept the song to the top spot, but the BBC, citing concerns of propriety, offense...

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...

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...

Toward Tomorrow With Trayvon on Our Minds

Katrina Casiño on July 15, 2013

A gathering of hundreds turned into a march of thousands yesterday in New York City, where there was a mass gathering in Union Square to rally against Saturday’s verdict in the Zimmerman trial. George Zimmerman, as all we know by...

In White Times

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Katrina Casiño and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on July 15, 2013

We here at {Young}ist recognize the need to situate ourselves in the historical moments that mark our experiences as a generation. The death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman serve as clear indicators of severe racial...

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...

Keep Your Hoodies Up: Zimmerman Trial Verdict Drops “Not Guilty”

Muna Mire on July 14, 2013

Until the killing of Black mother’s sons are as important to the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, those who believe in freedom cannot rest. —Ella Baker The U.S. justice system has failed Trayvon Martin. The verdict...

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...

6 Tips on How to Avoid Being Screwed by a Non-Profit

Anonymous on May 15, 2013

So you’ve just graduated from college and you want to change the world. Good for you. The non-profit sector seems like a natural place for a justice-minded person such as yourself, and nonprofits are almost always hiring because the turnover...

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...