What if all the youth organizers in the country were in the same room together? Organizers from across the country will converge in Columbus, Ohio on August 10th-14th to plan the next phase of the U.S. student and youth movement.
Where is the U.S student movement? Last year we witnessed the youth of Chile, Egypt, Greece, Tunisia, and countless other countries fearlessly stand up to fight for their future. Now, the spark has spread through North America. Thousands upon thousands of young people have walked the streets of Quebec and Mexico City for the right to education and for authentic democracy.
We are organizing this convergence because we believe our generation needs a similar movement in the United States. Our government has proven itself uninterested in improving the rampant inequality in U.S society. Our generation has witnessed poverty increase, unemployment spread, education deteriorate and tuition rise. The cradle to prison pipeline is thriving, but we are falling behind in the number of college graduates. We are the most diverse, tech-savvy, educated, and progressive generation in American history, and yet we are the first generation that will likely have fewer opportunities than the generation before us.
We’re left with no choice but to fight for our future. And young Americans have already started to step up. From Wisconsin to Keystone XL, from Occupiers to DREAMers, we have made clear that we fight injustice wherever we find it. Now we must be the architects of a national youth movement. Only we can shape the world we inherit and the world we leave behind.
That’s why this August, youth organizers and leaders from across the country will converge in Columbus, Ohio. Together, we’ll go through two days of movement building training to learn from those who came before us and international youth leaders. Then we’ll go through two days of movement building strategy to learn from each other, build the foundation for an American youth movement, and decide how to move forward together.
No one else is going to do this for us. We must do it for ourselves. It will be people like you who determine the course of the conversation and what comes out of the convergence. We hope that you’ll join us.