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Letter from Crystal Strait: Hard Decisions

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on May 12, 2008

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Crystal Strait Pledges for Barack Obama

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on May 11, 2008

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YDA Disability Issues Caucus Groups on Facebook

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 23, 2008

YDA Disability Issues Caucus Facebook [Chair: Ben Spangenberg]
VAYD Disability Caucus Facebook Group [Chair: Daniel Davis]
NYYD Disability Caucus Facebook Group [Chair: Michael Harris]

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The Power of the Marginal, Innovation, and the Strength of Failure

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 21, 2008

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ACT NOW: Support Democrats who support veterans!

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 18, 2008

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YDA Womens Caucus Launches New Myspace Page

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 16, 2008

Go add the caucus at myspace.com/ydawomenscaucus.

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Take Action on Pay Equity Day

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 16, 2008

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Join Your State Women’s Caucus On Facebook!

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 7, 2008

Below are a few of young dem state women’s caucuses with Facebook Groups. If from from that state, (or if not, but just want to be supportive) join their group today! We’ll keep you posted as more spring up!

California
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2548987851

Connecticut
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6248264362

Georgia
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7987331543

Maryland
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=19771625928

Oklahoma
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11073133371

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YDA Hiring Ohio Executive Director

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 7, 2008

Position: Executive Director, Ohio Young Democrats

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the nation’s largest youth-led, partisan political
organization. As the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932, YDA now operates as an independent 527 organizations. Our membership includes middle school, high school and college students as well as young workers, young professionals and young families, with over 1,500 local chapters in all 50 states. YDA’s national and state staff work with national, state, and local leaders across the country on peer-to-peer young voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, leadership and skills trainings, and other activities to grow sustainable chapters and build the national infrastructure of YDA.

The Ohio Young Democrats (OYD) is the official youth arm of the Ohio Democratic Party, comprised of progressive people under the age of 36.

Job Description: The Young Democrats of America is continuing to expand state-based staff as part of our State Partnership Programs. State Executive Directors work to build long-term infrastructure for the youth movement. The Ohio Young Democrats Executive Director reports directly to the President of the Ohio Young Democrats and to Senior State Executive Director of the Young Democrats of America. The position is based in Columbus, OH.

The Ohio Young Democrats Executive Director is responsible for the overall implementation
of programs on behalf of the Ohio Young Democrats and the Young Democrats of America.
This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Manage the daily operations of the Ohio Young Democrats.
  • Organize Young Democrats chapters in targeted counties across the state and work to
    strengthen existing chapters.
  • Work with the OYD Executive Board to develop and implement the Ohio Young Democrats
    Strategic Plan, specifically planning and implementing peer-to-peer campaign activities,
    chapter building activities, and coordinating with other progressive grassroots organizations.
  • Create and fund yearly budget, ensuring that the budget is met through effective
    donor solicitation and marketing efforts. Work with OYD Treasurer to meet financial
    reporting requirements.
  • Plan and coordinate events such as Executive Board and Committee meetings,
    convention activities, regular conferences, and trainings.
  • Handle all media, scheduling, communication, and appearance requests for Ohio
    Young Democrats and the Ohio Young Democrats President.
  • Continue collaborative and cooperative relationships with the Ohio Democratic Party, Young
    Democrats of America, the Ohio College Democrats and other progressive groups to ensure
    high visibility and effective activism.
  • Manage additional temporary campaign staff brought on to complete the OYD’s peer-to-peer campaign program.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Salary and Benefits: $30,000 to $40,000 annually, health insurance, and reimbursement for
cell phone.

To Apply: Applicants should have at least two years experience with campaigns or politically-focused non-profit organizations. Management experience and knowledge of fundraising and the budget process is preferred. The position requires regular in-state and national travel and access to a car.

Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@yda.org by April 18, 2008 by 5pm, EST.

Young Democrats of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. YDA does not discriminate on the basis of race,creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.

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A Message from the YDA GLBT Caucus on Puerto Rico

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 5, 2008

NOTE: THE YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA SUPPORT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR STATEHOOD FOR PUERTO RICO. ALL PUERTO RICANS, INCLUDING THE TERRITORY’S LGBT POPULATION, ARE DENIED FULL PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION IN OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO READ THIS MESSAGE FROM CAUCUS MEMBER EMILIO SEIJO AND TAKE ACTION TO SECURE STATEHOOD FOR PUERTO RICO AND WELCOME OUR LGBT PUERTO RICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS FULLY INTO OUR POLITICAL MOVEMENT FOR LGBT EQUALITY.

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Dear GLBT Caucus member:

I am Emilio Seijo, Vice President of the Young Democrats of America Puerto Rico Chapter and a proud Gay Democrat. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my good friend Rachel, my good friend Kyle and all the members the GLBT Caucus, which are my extended family, for their support and enthusiasm in the discussion of this important issue for our Nation and our Community in the past YDA’s 2008 Winter National Conference.

Because of our relation to the United States we are tied by federal laws. As an example, federal laws knew as Selective Service, We Don’t Ask You Don’t Tell and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). And you are thinking what the difference between you and us is because you are also tied to those federal laws; which is true. The difference is that we have neither Senators nor Representatives at Congress; we only have a Resident Commissioner who has only voice but no vote. We don’t have the power/strength to change those policies that affect us in a negative way.

This means that Puerto Rico GLBT community is deprived of power because our current political status.

A Commonwealth “is not a political status in the way that State, nation, and territory are. It is a word also used in the names of four States and another territory”. What the United Nations concluded was wrong.

Since Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth three plebiscites have been held, all of them by State sanction only. In the first plebiscite in 1967, the commonwealth received 60.4% votes, statehood 39% and independence 0.6%. In 1993, commonwealth got 48.6% votes, statehood 46.3%, independence 4.4%, and blank and void ballots 0.6%. The third plebiscite in 1998 was based on a U.S. House bill never enacted. The Governor and the State Legislature chose to conduct a plebiscite even without a federal sanction. With two additional options; the votes tallied were commonwealth 0.1%, free association 0.3%, statehood 46.5%, independence 2.5%, none of the above 50.3%, and blank and void ballots 0.3%. As you can see the tendency is towards a non-territorial status, and that Puerto Ricans are not satisfied with the current status.

In 2000, President Clinton established the President’s Task Force to address the issue of Puerto Rico’s status. The purpose of the Task Force was to identify options for the island’s future status and the process for realizing an option.

On December 2005, the Task Force filed its report, concluding that only two non-territorial options are recognized by the United States Constitution and made three recommendations. The two options are statehood and the independence. The three recommendations are:

1. [T]hat the Congress within a year provide for a Federally sanctioned plebiscite in which the people of Puerto Rico will be asked to state whether they wish to remain a U.S. territory subject to the will of Congress or to pursue a Constitutionally viable path toward a permanent non-territorial status with the United States. Congress should provide for this plebiscite to occur on a date certain.

2. [I]f the people of Puerto Rico elect to pursue a permanent non-territorial status, Congress should provide for an additional plebiscite allowing the people of Puerto Rico to choose between one of the two permanent non-territorial options. Once the people have selected one of the two options, Congress is encouraged to begin a process of transition toward the option.

3. If the people elect to remain as a territory… that a plebiscite occur periodically, as long as that status continues, to keep Congress informed of the people’s wishes.

Thanks to President Clinton’s initiative, of establishing the Task Force, at this time there is a bill in the House that deal with the status issue of Puerto Rico. The H.R. 900, which is based on the Report by The President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status.

On December 2007, the Task Force filed its second report, concluding again that only two non-territorial options are recognized by the United States Constitution and reiterates the previous recomendations on the 2005 Report.

I can not believe that the United States “intended” to “keep colonies forever …” and “justify 108 years of colonialism.”

As members of the YDA, we had received your support on several resolutions on this issue. In the past years, the National Committee has approved three important resolutions, recognizing the colonial status of Puerto Rico and urging the U.S. Congress to approve legislation where the people of Puerto Rico can vote for their future political relation with the United States, based on non-colonial non territorial formulas. Also, in August of 2005-2007, YDA adopted its platform, which states their support that Puerto Ricans should be given an opportunity to determine the future of Puerto Rico, either as United States’ state, or as an independent nation. The current platform has the same statement.

Now, if you are asking yourself, what can I do? It’s simple. A few calls, emails, and more. We need your help in this endeavor. You voted for your congressperson and you will be voting again, so therefore, you have the power to persuade and convince them to vote in favor of the H.R. 900. We do not have that kind of electoral power/strength since we do not participate in national elections. What we can do is ask for your support. We need you! You would be our best lobbyists. This is an ambitious plan, but I trust America and I trust you my fellow democrats.

P.S. Congressperson draft letter:

March __, 2008.

Dear Congresswoman (man) ________:

I am a young voter who believes in Democracy. For 108 year, we the United States have been keeping a colony, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Ricans do not have real voting representation in the national government and their island is not an independent nation. We have an obligation to enable them to have a democratic form of government at all levels because we promote Democracy.

At this time, there is one bill in the House that deal with the status issue of Puerto Rico. The bill is the H.R. 900, which is based on the reports (2005 and 2007) by The President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status and its recommendations.

I am supporting H.R. 900 because the H.R. 900 proposes a federally sanctioned plebiscite in which the people of Puerto Rico will be asked to state whether they wish to remain a U.S. territory subject to the will of Congress or to pursue a constitutionally viable path toward a permanent non-territorial status with the United States.

The real option that gives the people of Puerto Rico a tool to express their decision about what status they want is the H.R. 900.

I invite you to support the H.R. 900 with your vote!

Cordially,

___________
Jane (John) Doe

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