The Activist

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…

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…


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…