The Activist

COVID-19 Call for Submissions

The global COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around it is terrifying, but in this moment  socialists must take solace in each other and in our work to build a movement. We draw our strength from solidarity. Meeting in person, the foundation of organizing, is not an option right now. But we can still discuss and…

Lessons in Liberalism

As the Spring 2020 semester begins, Georgia Tech’s YDSA chapter is about a hundred members strong, with multiple active committees and campaigns. There’s a strong case to be made that we are the vanguard of the GT student movement. But before us, GT had been a complacent, apolitical campus — until Trump’s 2016 election victory…

Why YDSA?

This fusion between electoral and non-electoral work demands an independent socialist organization to bring the two together with explicit socialist consciousness. Currently, most students supporting Bernie Sanders are not part of an organization that engages in non-electoral socialist organizing. Canvassing for Bernie with YDSA allows us to talk to our classmates and community members not only about Bernie’s radical platform, but also the obstacles that passing it will entail and how only collective power and organization can overcome them.

Yale YDSA canvassing for Bernie

YDSA at UVA demands College For All

The University of Virginia (UVa) doesn’t appear amenable, at first glance, to a College for All (C4A) campaign. The median family income of students is $155,000, making UVa among the wealthiest universities in the nation, and student organizing culture has proven anemic for the past decade: besides sporadic demonstrations against defunding the financial aid program,…

YDSA In Action: Chapter Reports Roundup #2

The Activist prides itself on being a publication by YDSA, for YDSA. Therefore, one of our main objectives is to shine a light on the great work our chapters are doing across the country. So, in this post, we present to you our second batch of chapter reports! To check out the first batch, click…

An Interview with Joshua Collins

At the present historical moment, we find ourselves in the midst of innumerable crises egged on by capitalism, and the rise of far right movements the world over threaten to make matters even worse. However, not all hope is lost. In many respects, there has been an equal and opposite reaction on the Left. YDSA…

Democratic Socialism in the UK: YDSA, Corbyn’s Labour and the UK General Election

In September, YDSA’s former co-chair Ajmal Alami attended the Labour Party conference. Now, with the UK election fast approaching, he weighs in on this crucial moment for the UK left — and what the US left can learn from it. The fight for a Labour government With a general election in the UK tomorrow, Labour…

UMBC YDSA Protests Melania Trump Campus Visit

On the afternoon of Monday, November 25th, members of University of Maryland, Baltimore County YDSA found out that the First Lady Melania Trump would be on campus the following day to speak at a youth summit on opioid abuse. Within 24 hours we had planned and executed a protest against the Drug War and in…

YDSA In Action: Chapter Reports Roundup #1

The Activist is a publication by and for YDSA members, and part of our mission to highlight the work our members are doing on campuses around the country. So, we’re compiling reports from a variety of chapters on the various campaigns they’re working on, and today we’re excited to share the first batch! We’ll have…