The Activist

YDSA’s Labor Strategy Should Be About Recruitment

Jacob W argues that YDSA’s labor strategy should be about convincing students and workers to become socialists rather than convincing socialists to change careers. YDSA needs a strategy that is regionally flexible & emphasizes outward facing organizing. This piece was originally republished in The Organizer. One of the labor proposals passed at the 2019 YDSA convention…

Call for Submissions: 2020 YDSA Convention

YDSA will hold its annual convention this summer from July 31st to August 2nd. Hundreds of members representing chapters across the country will collectively decide the direction of our organization for the coming year. Discussion and debate are crucial components of democracy. We must be clear about what we think we should do in order…

A Cross-CUNY Strategy

The City University of New York used to be free for most students. Only students, faculty, and workers organizing together on all of its campuses can win public education back. By Jatnna De La Cruz

Organizing Atlanta Neighborhoods during Covid-19

Like many of our comrades around the country, we socialists in Atlanta have been confronted with the immediate task of organizing our communities in the face of the combined catastrophes of the coronavirus pandemic and, perhaps more importantly, the rapidly developing global economic crisis. I am a recent graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology;…

Michigan Socialists Leading the Way on Mutual Aid

Elias of Khoury of University of Michigan YDSA highlights some of the most inspiring mutual aid efforts in his home state of Michigan. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, our country’s response increasingly becomes a cautionary tale. The mismanagement and downright callousness shown toward the plight of working people by those…

Lenin’s Relevance Today

On Lenin’s 150th birthday, we must revisit the political challenges and debates of his time to understand why they still matter. Former YDSA co-chair Ajmal Alami argues that we have to learn from these political lessons if we want to win socialism today.

Why You Should Organize as a Socialist

YDSA at UVA’s Central Committee argues that identifying as an anti-capitalist or socialist isn’t enough — in order to build and wield power for the working class and actually overturn capitalism, socialists need strong organizations that can run campaigns, win real victories, and train more socialist organizers. Social justice — a vague euphemism for all…

YDSA In Action: Chapter Reports Roundup #3

YDSA Chapters across the US respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and share what they were up to before the crisis and they’re plans to keep the fight going.

COLA for All – Statement by YDSA Members at the University of California

A statement by YDSA Chapter Members at the University of California about their struggle for a Cost of Living Adjustment for All — an example of YDSA members linking campus labor struggles to the fight for a just response to COVID-19. Cost of Living Adjustment for All The University of California does not care about…