You can change the world: young people today


Today's younger generation is playing a tremendous role in advancing the struggle for peace, democratic rights; economies and social justice. The opinions of U.S. youth are trending to the left. In the face of crisis ridden capitalism many US youth are also drawn to examine the socialist alternative.

On July 17-18, in the city of Chicago, the Communist Party and the Young Communist League will hold a two day conference followed by a four day school on young people today. It's a chance to discuss and examine the main characteristics of today's young generation, and what economic-social- political have influenced them most. What's new and emerging? What adjustments does the party have to make in organizing among young people? Why do young people need their own organization?

This conference/school follows on the heels of the very successful convention of the CPUSA, where many young people participated, sharing their experiences, helping to craft party policy and to build the YCL.

Youth played an extraordinary role in the 2008 elections. The vast majority supported change over the rightwing dominated status quo. The Obama campaign/movement ignited a new spirit of youth activism and brought record numbers of youth to the polls. The desire for change and the spirit of activism among youth continues today with the worsening conditions of life brought on by the economic crisis.

According to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee's recent report, 16 -24 year olds are facing the highest unemployment rate (19.6%) for that age group since the government began tracking the data in 1947. With the drastic cuts in education and the effects of the economic crisis, millions of U.S. youth have little prospect of securing an education, a decent job and therefore a stable future.

The struggle for change continues. The fight for jobs is particularly crucial.  A new movement is being organized by some key forces in the labor movement, religious and civil rights organizations. They are demanding jobs and especially, jobs for youth. A prominent national labor leader recently called for the building of a united "youth crusade for jobs."

Such a movement will help counter the poverty draft and all the attempts to militarize young people. It will also help to counter the criminalization of youth and the effort of the right wing to spread the poison of racist and anti-immigrant hysteria. They are out to divide youth and divert them from a united, multi-racial struggle against the real causes of the crisis.

A jobs movement will help to bring to light the hypocrisy, the racist, anti working class policies of the tea party movement and the extreme right. 

The sprouts of a new mass youth movement are starting to show. Young workers and students are fighting the cut backs and organizing for the government and Wall Street to do something about the mass unemployment they face. They are looking for ways to end joblessness and hopelessness. They want unity with labor and civil rights forces to build a new economy - especially a massive public works based on green jobs. Expanding democracy - from ending the war and ending poverty and the high homicide rate in inner cities to winning marriage equality (the right to marry the person you love) to student grants and lower tuition to guaranteeing quality public education for all - are on the agenda for today's youth.

The slogan, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs," is becoming a rallying cry that is activating a lot of working people, including teenagers, young men and young women. The momentum is building towards a mass jobs march in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, initiated by the NAACP and SEIU Local 1199. The AFL-CIO labor federation and the UAW have now endorsed the march.

The banks and the financial sector are making big profits again but the jobless rate remains high especially for people of color and youth. Many are asking "if the government doesn't act where will the jobs come from"?

The movement for jobs has to also focus on the November midterm elections.  The extreme right is trying to reverse the results won in the 2008 election. They want a Republican rightwing majority in the U.S. House and Senate. They want to set the stage for a defeat of Obama in 2012.

The CPUSA/YCL conference and school will examine how both organizations can work to defeat this extremely dangerous right wing counter offensive.

Discussion topics at the school will include political economy, objective assessment of the Obama administration, the political balance of forces, the socialist perspective and the U.S., building unity and organizing at the grassroots for jobs and equality. There will be a $50 registration fee, which will cover food and housing.  The conference/school promises to be an exciting and enlightening experience. 

All those interested in attending please contact:, John Bachtell, or

Photo: Celebrating graduation from a previous school. (PW)

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  • It has been reported that the US communist party has endorsed Obama for 2012 election, and this is a really disturbing news, to say the least. It is true that Republican cadidates excepting Ron Paul, is really awful, however, what Obama has done is extremely bad__anything he stated that sounds good was never done when he came under pressure by the financial world or military complex. Everybody says he is an extremely weak president, and there are many who say that he is the worst president the US ever had. I myself hate to see him on TV: he just lies. For example, as the 3 big auto companies, he said that thanks to his assistance to them, they are now in a healthy state, making money, and have been contributing to employment. This is a big big lie. The Detroit 3 are making money, but jobs have been exported to other coutries. Unfortunately, many communist parties in the west have been weakened, and often support other parties when it comes to election. The Japanese communist party is not that bad, but under Shii, its policy is just to please voters.
    It is completely different in Latin Americas: for example, the Argentinian party is supporting Cristina Fernandes de Kirchiner, who togther with Nestor Kirchiner, previous president and her deceased husband, have achieved a kind of miracles in making the Argentinian economiy strong and prosperous, decreasing the unemployment rate to a half, achieving a GDP growth of more than 8% per year for 7 out of 8 years, building 400,000 residences for the poor, etc. Yesterday's New York Times had an article which suggested Obama should learn and imitate what Argentinians have achieved. That is, the 2 Argentinian presidents have promoted domestic economy growth, while Obama gave trillions of dollars to corrput financial institutions through QE1 and QE2. Probably there will be QE3, through which Obama has been transferring money of ordinary US citizens to the CEOs of big banks. So there is no reason that CPUSA supports Obama while CPA has all the reasons to support Cristina.
    By the way, no Latin American countries recognized the NTC of Lybia while Russia under Medivedev recognized it and China attended the meeting of the NTC, though not recognized it. Chavez sent a letter of support to Gddafi few weeks ago. I believe that the future will lie with Latin America, while the US and the EU will collapse under the heavey weights of debts.

    Posted by kotoko, 09/03/2011 1:16pm (4 years ago)

  • I say you're all scum bag commies. But what do I know, I'm just a stupid 13 year old, right... wrong.

    You may think you've won our minds. But we're not idiots. We young people think for ourselves. And for your information, we don't care what our liberal teachers tell us. Were just too smart for that. almost all my friends are conservitives, almost everyone I know is conservitive. Your left-wing agenda doesn't fool us. I've already brought my few Liberal buddies to the right. We know the truth, and we will spread the truth to everyone who will listen. Your young-minds crusade ends with me.

    Posted by , 08/15/2010 9:08pm (5 years ago)

  • I was asked earlier today for a donation to help support a young person's attendance at the Chicago meeting, and I readily agreed. Hopefully others will do likewise!

    Posted by Eric, 06/29/2010 8:52pm (5 years ago)

  • I know I can't wait, see you all there!

    Posted by Jordan , 06/26/2010 12:47pm (5 years ago)

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