The Activist

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…

YDSA Endorses the Public Housing Green New Deal Act

Photo: The Des Moines Register In the United States, the two most visible indicators of economic inequality are the disparities in housing and environmental conditions. Not only are both of these issues byproducts of economic inequality caused by capitalism, housing is an environmental issue in and of itself. Socialists know that given increasing global and…

November Theme: Bernie and Beyond

This month, The Activist is seeking submissions around the theme “Bernie and Beyond.” We all love Bernie, and since DSA voted to endorse him, the fight to get a socialist in the White House is a big part of what we do. But as socialists we realise that it doesn’t stop there.  Whether he wins…

A Force Stronger Than Gravity: NYC YDSA Supports the Chicago Educators Strike

Halsey Hazzard, NYU/CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies On October 16th, the day before 35,000 teachers and staff in Chicago began the longest public education strike in decades, six members of NYC YDSA — from CUNY campuses Hunter College and City College, as well as NYU — boarded flights to Chicago to join Chicago…

Georgia Tech OSI Silences YDSA GT

This is a modified version of a Letter To The Editor published in the October 25th, 2019 issue of Georgia Tech’s campus newspaper, the Technique Most Georgia Tech students will go through their educational career without ever coming in contact with the Office of Student Integrity. After all, their purpose is to address instances of…

Introducing The Activist!

This summer in Atlanta, delegates to the YDSA 2019 National Convention voted to revive the YDSA publication. Now, the YDSA National Political Education Committee is thrilled to announce that The Activist is back! The Activist was founded years ago, and in its early days editors and contributors included Jacobin contributor and NPC member Chris Maisano,…