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Co-Chair Candidate Profile: Uma Clemenceau

The Activist interviewed the candidates for national co-chair at the 2024 YDSA national convention. Uma Clemenceau discusses their run for co-chair. YDSA’s National Convention is on the horizon. Though the event will be online this year, the key elements that make the convention important will remain. Hundreds of YDSAers will gather to discuss, debate, and…

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Co-Chair Candidate Profile: Sean Bridge

The Activist interviewed the candidates for national co-chair at the 2024 YDSA national convention. Sean Bridge discusses their run for co-chair. YDSA’s National Convention is on the horizon. Though the event will be online this year, the key elements that make convention important will remain. Hundreds of YDSAers will gather to discuss, debate, and vote…

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Co-Chair Candidate Profile: Nat Leach

The Activist interviewed the candidates for national co-chair at the 2024 YDSA national convention. Nat Leach discusses their run for co-chair. YDSA’s National Convention is on the horizon. Though the event will be online this year, the key elements that makes convention important will remain. Hundreds of YDSAers will gather to discuss, debate, and vote…

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Co-Chair Candidate Profile: Carlos Callejo III

The Activist interviewed the candidates for national co-chair at the 2024 YDSA national convention. Current NCC member at-large Carlos Callejo III discusses their run for co-chair. YDSA’s National Convention is on the horizon. Though the event will be online this year, the key elements that make convention important will remain. Hundreds of YDSAers will gather…

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Co-Chair Candidate Profile: Aron Ali-McClory

The Activist interviewed the candidates for national co-chair at the 2024 YDSA national convention. Current co-chair Aron Ali-McClory discusses their run for a second term. YDSAs National Convention is on the horizon. Though the event will be online this year, the key elements that make convention important will remain. Hundreds of YDSAers will gather to…

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Activist Updates: 2024 YDSA Convention Day 1

The Activist Editorial Board summarizes the first day of the 2024 YDSA national convention. “Turbulence,” was the word keynote speaker Sumaya Awad used to describe the current political climate as she addressed an audience of 136 members of YDSA for the organization’s online convention.  Awad’s words reference the volatility and uncertainty that have been defining…

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Tell Susie Lee: Stop the Genocide!

Join DSA as we stand with the Palestinian people and we fight against our local representative’s support for genocide in Palestine by joining our letter campaign to Susie Lee. Together we will demand that Suzie review her past support for Zionism and current ongoing support for Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people.

Susie Lee has voted to defend the Israeli apartheid since taking office. She has:

  • Vote to defund UNRWA
  • Voted to censor Rashida Tlaib
  • Continually vote to send more money and weapons to Israel
  • Vote to censor the death toll in Gaza

For these votes she has been paid out, receiving at least $267,935 from Pro-Israel lobby groups

Demand Susie Lee take action against genocide! Add your name to our letter or write your own. Every letter will be delivered to her Las Vegas office. We will be following up after this campaign, if you are interested in helping us organize those follow-ups, please join the LVDSA Palestine Solidarity Working Group!

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For R21: The Potential of Militant and Democratic Student Unions

The authors outline the need for student unions in this current political moment and why YDSA should take on this long-term project. YDSA has the opportunity to bring this revolutionary model of organizing here first. From organizing the first undergrad student labor union at the University of Oregon, helping establishing the city of Columbia, Missouri as a…

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For R16 Unamended: Beyond The Green Dead End

The author motivates Resolution 16: “Beyond the Green New Deal” and argues against the proposed amendment to the resolution. The gravity of the ecological crisis cannot be overstated. Certain catastrophic transformations of the planet are inevitable, and on our present course, people who are currently alive will live to see the day when the long-term…

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The Charlotte Metro chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America says enough is enough: it’s time to drop Joe!

Democratic Party leadership claims that the threat to democracy posed by a second Trump presidency and Republican-dominated Congress is real, and they are correct. The Republican Party is clear in its intention to undermine essential market regulations and basic individual rights. With the backing of a loaded Supreme Court, Trump’s administration stands to finally break the promise held out by Democrats throughout the rising tide of fascism: that we can defend democracy through our legal system. When that tide breaks, it will most immediately impact trans and reproductive rights, the unhoused, immigrants, and asylum seekers—but it ultimately will affect us all.

Nevertheless, the Democratic Party’s actions contradict its own apparent concerns. For example, while touting the value of free speech and protest, the Biden administration has overseen the crackdown on student protest across campuses nationwide. This does nothing to distance Democrats from the charge of repression that it levies against Republicans. Furthermore, instead of allowing for a competitive primary process (ironically, something permitted by the Republican Party), the Democratic National Committee saw to it that Biden was effectively the only candidate on the ballot. Even before Biden’s disastrous debate and the question of his cognitive decline, unprecedented thousands of Americans expressed their will for another candidate by voting “uncommitted” or “no preference” across the country—not least because of his commitment to funding Israel’s genocide of Palestinians. Democracy may be under threat, but it is already compromised today.

People want to stand up for democracy, yet with Biden at the helm, the Democratic Party reveals itself to be unable and unwilling. Following the recent attempt on Trump’s life, Democratic Party leadership has been more interested in the symbolic high ground, calling for national unity against “political violence.” The hypocrisy is blatant. On one level, this calls for unity with a candidate and party who incite the very violence at issue. On a deeper level, however, the Democratic Party fails to reconcile this call for unity with the state of violence it has perpetuated. Biden may be the first president to stand on a picket line, but he has done little to nothing material for the American and global working class. While Biden has focused our attention on “shrinkflation” and “hidden fees” (admittedly insidious practices), the prices of housing and healthcare continue to rise. Instead of moving to socialize these costs, the Biden administration funds war abroad, which benefits everyone from landlords and developers to insurance agencies and weapons manufacturers. Meanwhile, working people suffer degradation and death.

Given these conditions, the Democratic Party rightly appears bought by capitalist forces, which allows the Republican Party to (falsely) claim it will oppose “elites” in the name of those most desperate. Behind the culture war he stokes, Trump (like populists the world over) taps into real pain felt by the working class. In order for the Democratic Party to stake any claim to legitimacy, it must field a candidate who will rise to the moment and confront the threat of fascism without hesitation, all the while attacking its root economic causes. That candidate is not Joe Biden.

From the City of Charlotte to Mecklenburg County and beyond, join the call: it’s time to drop Joe!

Let the following know it’s time to drop Joe:

Alma Adams: (704) 344-9950

Chuck Schumer: (202) 224-6542

North Carolina Democratic Party: (919) 821-2777