YCL sets tone in convention program

The Young Communist League USA is ready for its 8th National Convention in Brooklyn, N.Y., from May 27-29, with three sessions of workshops that will deal with the major issues facing youth today.

“Youth Under Attack: Stand Up, Fight Back,” will feature high school and college students and community activists discussing issues like the fight for immigrant rights, criminalization of youth, and access to affordable health care. “Up Your Game! Skills for the Movement,” will help train YCL members to build YCL clubs and strengthen their work. “The Power of Ideas,” will link today’s struggles with the fight for a socialist future. Also in the works is an international art show that will display photographs, drawings, paintings, posters — and live hip-hop performances. For more information visit www.yclusa.org/convention/program.

Students protest high gas prices

On Saturday, May 13, a group of social work students from Adelphi University led a peaceful protest in Newburgh, N.Y., in front of a Mobil gas station. “We want to give the message that we are not going to idly sit back,” said Linda Reiss, one of the student protesters, in a local newspaper. “We want the oil companies to take notice that we are not going to be walked on.” The group also urged motorists to boycott gas stations on the following Monday.

Bush’s ‘punk ass crusade’

Inspired by the documentary “Sir! No Sir!” folks from the “Not Your Soldier” coalition have put together a new flash animation focused on counter-recruitment and challenging militarism in schools. The “Ruckus Society’“ is proudly unveiled the animation, “Punk Ass Crusade,” which is packed with antiwar images and draws connections between the Vietnam War and the current situation in Iraq. “We made this flash to connect their struggle [Vietnam vets] to the young people of today who are exposing the lies of military recruiters and refusing to kill or die for Bush’s punk ass crusade,” reads a statement being circulated via e-mail. To see the video, crank up your speakers and go to www.notyoursoldier.org/sns.

— Pepe Lozano (plozano@pww.org)