Youth Caucus Organizes for #MillionStudentMarch

The Youth Caucus and the Green Party US have both endorsed the Million Student March. The Green Party is the only national party that supports all demands. Please join us on 3/30 for a conference call to organize for the march12792334_550951025080158_3361912907325854751_o:
You’ve heard the statistics, right? Nationwide education debt is at about $1.2 trillion dollars – an amount that keeps too many of us trapped living paycheck to paycheck while we make our monthly student loan payments. Meanwhile, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost US taxpayers upwards of $1.6 trillion dollars and immeasurable death and devastation to the people of the Middle East. The system is rigged to favor the banks, the military contractors, and the for-profit colleges. Don’t you agree it’s time to change the system?

Imagine our movement rolling back the neoliberal attack on public education by WINNING free college at public universities, forcing the government to forgive of our loans, and achieving living wages for all campus workers.

That’s what we are building towards. That’s why the Young Greens have signed on to the Million Student March, a national movement with three simple demands:
1) Free public college education
2) Forgiveness of student loan debt – a student loan jubilee!
3) $15 minimum wage for campus workers

It’s up to us to to articulate the just future we deserve, and that includes higher education without a lifetime of debt. We won’t change the system overnight, but it’s up to all of us to get to work, together, to make sure that we are heard, on our campus, in our cities, and in our local media. Join the Million Student March on April 13!

Join us for a conference call happening on Wednesday, March 30, at 8:30pm Eastern. 
RSVP to the Facebook event here.
(Phone: 712-775-7035; Access Code: 836715#)

In the meantime, email gpusyouth@gmail.com if you are interested. We can provide you with organizing guides and help with your questions.

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Youth Caucus Overwhelmingly Endorses Anticapitalist Amendment

Official Results of the Anticapitalist Amendment Vote:
 
Total Votes: 36
 
Yes: 94% (34 votes)
Not Sure: 3% (1 vote)
No: 3% (1 vote)
 
Additionally:
We had 3 members vote “Yes,” but a few hours too late.
Also, 10 non-members weighed-in “Yes,”
And, one non-member indicated they are “Not Sure”
 
One non-members optionally chose to indicate in the comment section that they would become Green if the Green Party adopted this amendment. (There have been other comments across social media from others to this end, as well. This amendment will certainly help grow the party.)
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YGUS Steering Committee Unanimously Rejects Capitalism; Endorses Economic Democracy Amendment To GPUS Platform

The Youth Caucus Steering Committee has unanimously endorsed a proposed amendment to the GPUS platform that rejects capitalism in favor of more sustainable, just, and democratic economic models, and also calls on all Young Greens to lobby their state’s National Committee members to vote to pass the amendment.

See the full text of the amendment here.
See the YGUS Steering Committee’s statement of endorsement below.
Contact us here if you need contact info for you National Committee members.

We are now asking the Youth Caucus to vote in a poll whether the caucus as a whole should co-sponsor the amendment alongside several other state Green Parties and GPUS caucuses.

VOTE HERE.
Voting closes at 12am ET (midnight), Wednesday, March 16 (a 7-day voting period).


Endorsement Statement from the Steering Committee:

March 8, 2016

Exploitation of humans and the environment for the accumulation of wealth is literally setting the planet on fire. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

That’s why the Steering Committee of the Youth Caucus unanimously endorses the amendment changing the Green Party of the United States platform to explicitly reject capitalism and to assert our aspiration for a democratic economic system that is organized to meet human needs.  As the amendment reads, some call this decentralized system “ecological socialism,” “communalism,” or the “cooperative commonwealth.”

The the new platform plank is clear yet nonspecific because the future is ours to create. Young Greens must be on the forefront of our party and in our communities for the systemic change that is necessary to create the just, peaceful, sustainable, and democratic future we want. We must be unapologetic in asserting that capitalism is a system based on exploitation and wealth accumulation that, in addition to creating tremendous wealth concentration and poverty, has brought us the climate crisis that threatens life on earth.

We aren’t going to change the system overnight but we need to advocate for policies and projects that will bring political and economic decision making where it belongs, with the people. That’s what socialism and economic democracy are about: giving all of us a say in how our lives and society are run.

We need your help in the coming weeks. The amendment will be coming to a vote before the Green Party National Committee later this month. Please contact your National Committee delegates and ask them to vote YES on the ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY platform amendment (also known as the North Carolina Amendment). If you do not know who your delegates are and how to contact your delegates, please email gpusyouth@gmail.com for assistance.

We also welcome and appeal for your help in writing, researching, and compiling resources to help Greens, young and old, to advocate for economic democracy wherever we are.

#WeAreYoungGreens—we will continue to educate and fight for an economically just and democratic, Green future within the party, on our campuses, and in our workplaces nationwide, online, in the streets, and at the ballot box.

Signed,

Christopher Cariad, Co-chair
Asher Platts, Co-chair
Ursula Rozum, Co-chair
Robert Smith, Co-chair
Joshua Steele Kelly, Treasurer
WIlliam Gunger, Secretary
Michael Trudeau, Delegate to the National Committee
Mike Dennis, Alternate Delegate to the National Committee

Youth Caucus Steering Committee
Green Party of the United States

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Green Social Media in 2016

The Green Party is ramping up their social media efforts for 2016, and Young Greens will be an important part of this. Many members of the Youth Caucus in their membership registration have indicated that they would like to assist with social media.

The GPUS Media Committee will have a conference calls in March discussing social media strategy.

March 8: Media Strategy, 9-9:45pm Eastern
March 22: Media Workshop, 9-10pm Eastern

This first will be on “how we can strengthen our media operations, build our internal media network, increase our outreach to the public through media this year, and prepare for the 2016 Green convention in Houston, August 4-7.” The latter on “media skills, organizing, and outreach.” You can check out “Media Tips for Green Candidates” in advance.

Please RSVP to gpusyouth@gmail.com if you’re interested and the Youth Caucus will forward you the pertinent conference call information.

We hope that many Young Greens can participate in these calls. We will then utilize this information to facilitate our internal discussions on our Youth Caucus social media strategy for 2016.

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European & US Young Greens: Stop the toxic TTIP deal!

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The 12th round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has concluded in Brussels and unfortunately, they remain to be more of the same thing, deals for business at the cost of citizens. We, the Federation of Young European Greens and the Young Greens of the US, demand an immediate halt to the negotiations.

“TTIP, like the Trans Pacific Partnership, is another attack on democracy, environmental protection, and working conditions by global corporate elites. And that’s why on both sides of the Atlantic, social movements are fighting to stop these so-called trade ‘agreements’ that would transfer power from elected governments to multinational corporations,” says Ursula Rozum, co-chair of the Young Green of the US.

“The EU Commission, betting that their chances to get this flawed trade deal passed is under Obama’s tenure, are desperate for some progress. Yet instead of focusing on the circus of US Presidential politics, the European Commission should be focused on creating a deal that both the European and US public actually want,” says Laura Carlier, co-spokesperson of the FYEG.

“For instance, the European Commission is still pushing for the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause which are private arbitration courts made specially for investors. This gives corporations the ability to challenge governments over lost profits, despite huge outcries from citizens against it. This time they are trying it with a new name, Investment Court System, and some cosmetic changes in how the courts will work. These changes are not enough and any parallel legal system that bypasses normal judicial procedures is undemocratic,” continues Carlier.

“Additionally, negotiators will create a universal system to harmonize standards between the EU and US to make it cheaper to trade between the two. In theory, this sounds simple enough, but it is well known that this would put the EU’s precautionary principle in danger by the more lenient US system. Moreover, the current proposal for this system would allow US lawmakers to review standards before the European Parliament would, effectively giving them more power than the democratically elected European representatives over European standards,” concludes Teo Comet, co-spokesperson of FYEG.

These developments only confirm our shared fears that this deal is toxic, which is why we as the Young Greens of both Europe and the US demand a halt to these negotiations. Moreover, we encourage more transatlantic cooperation of youth and civil society in order to effectively tackle the immense political challenges before us. We must create the world we want to see, instead of allowing corporations to decide our futures for us. We invite all young Europeans and Americans to join us in this struggle!

(Photo: Francesco Ajena/European Green Party)

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