President Atima Omara takes on Republican strategist, Jack Burkman, on Capital Insider‘s The Week That Was (WJLA-DC.) The topics include Republican fundraising on Benghazi tragedy, Republicans attacking each other, Keystone XL pipeline and the Lewinsky’s tell-all essay.
This afternoon, the Young Democrats of America joined the national and bipartisan lobbying effort to create a Presidential Youth Council.
To do our part, we emailed the following letter to the legislative directors and/or chiefs of staff for the Democratic Members of the House of Representatives. Feel free to copy the letter, add your name and email it directly to your Member of Congress.
Honorable Representative –
We am writing to you today seeking your co-sponsorship of House Joint Resolution 68, a resolution asking President Obama to create, by executive order, a Presidential Youth Council. This Council would not cost taxpayers as it would be funded by private contributions.
Seventy-one percent of Americans aged 18-29 do not believe they have a say in the actions of their government.
Engaging young people is critical to the future strength of our Party. If we win young voters today, we will win elections for generations. This is our logic and why we, the Young Democrats of America, work tirelessly to communication our Party’s message to young people.
If we want to keep young voters engaged in our government, we need to show them that they have a voice. The creation of a Presidential Youth Council will achieve this and provide greater policy guidance enabling more efficient resource utilization by young people.
This model has been proven successful in the DNC with the Youth Council. It has also been successful in more than 400 cities, counties and states. These councils have provided real value to these governments and have been credited with saving resources by offering a better understanding of young people and how they interact with government.
Private sector businesses, labor unions, and non-profits have also adopted similar councils with great success including State Farm Insurance Company, the Red Cross, and the International Union of the Painters and Allied Trades.
We hope you will support Joint Resolution 68 with your co-sponsorship and vote on the House floor. To co-sponsor this resolution, please contact Tim Brown in the office of Representative John B. Larson.
Atima Omara, President, Young Democrats of America
James Lewis, Issue Advocacy Director, Young Democrats of America
Every May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, a time to commemorate the achievements and contributions of AAPIs in the United States.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been an integral part in fighting for justice, civil rights, and equal opportunity – values which we as Young Democrats hold dear. A few examples include:
Senator Daniel Akaka, who fought for fair treatment for native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and all of America’s indigenous peoples;
Sen. Daniel Inouye, a World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient who left behind a legacy of monumental achievements over his lifetime of public service;
Larry Itilion and Philip Vera Cruz, Filipino American labor activists who were leaders in the campaign for farm workers’ rights;
Rep. Patsy Mink, the first woman of color to serve in Congress, who championed Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions; and
Rep. Dalip Sigh Saund, an Indian American who worked to ensure that all Asian immigrants could become naturalized U.S. citizens.
“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are an integral part of American history, the Democratic Party and the Young Democrats of America,” said Atima Omara, president of the Young Democrats of America. “As we work to ensure a strong Democratic turn out in November, our Asian American and Pacific Islander members will be instrumental.”
From all of us here at YDA and YDA’s AAPI Working Group, we’d like to wish you a happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Dos Santos-Tam is the chairman of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Working Group of the Young Democrats of America
Today, young Democrats across the country join millions of other Americans, both Democrat and Republican, in support of the environmental protection and reform necessary to preserve our planet for future generations.
Earth Day began almost 45 years ago when Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, organized a teach-in on college campuses nationwide – a day of education aimed at inspiring action. Science teaches us more every day about the impact we have had on our environment and, in the spirit of Sen. Nelson, we work to learn more about what we can do to protect it and how we can take action to change our behaviors.
“Every Earth Day, we recognize the importance of protecting our planet, but year after year, climate change becomes a greater threat,” said Ben Cohen (KS), vice president of Young Democrats of America. “As Democrats, we have taken the lead on protecting our planet before – the founding of Earth Day, the creation of Superfund, today’s fight for clean energy. We can and must continue. Let’s step up our efforts to protect the planet. Whatever commitments we make on Earth Day need to be our guide year-round.”
Earth Day is a call to action. Ride a bike or walk to work. Get your office to start recycling. Wait an extra week to turn on that air conditioning. Buy a filter for your tap water and eliminate the bottled water.
Remind your elected officials that we depend on a clean and safe environment. This shouldn’t be a partisan political issue – it’s time to step up to the plate on climate change. Young people – and generations to come – are banking on it.
YDA will host it’s 5th Annual High School Leadership Academy and inaugural College Leadership Academy this summer in Washington DC, and your chance to apply to be a part of these exciting events ends one week from today. Please click here to apply for the HSLA or click here to apply for the CLA before it’s too late!
Today, President Obama took a big step by signing two Executive Orders to help make fair pay for women a fact.
However, the GOP in Congress is hellbent on maintaining the status quo – which is a woman making 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes for doing the same job. The pay gap is even greater for women of color.
Pay inequality doesn’t just affect women alone; it affects families. It’s kitchen table economics; Women are primary or sole breadwinners in 4 in 10 American households with children under the age of 18. $0.77 cents or less for every dollar that a man makes equals $430,000 or more in lost compensation for a woman, her family, and our economy!
However, on an issue like this one – we simply can’t just email our elected leaders and ask them to act. We need to act now and create a space where thoughtful leaders can start working together to develop real solutions.
Join our social campaign and share one (or all) of these tweets?
I’m standing with other @youngdems for #equalpay because when women earn more, families earn more. bit.ly/YDAPayEquality
A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work is an American value. Help me support #equalpay. bit.ly/YDAPayEquality
It’s time to stop making excuses and make #equalpay a reality. Join me and sign this petition: bit.ly/YDAPayEquality
I like the show #MadMen but women can’t afford pay like that in reality. I support #EqualPay – do you? bit.ly/YDAPayEquality
Having men in involved in this campaign is vital so here are a few sample tweets for the thoughtful gentlemen that think women deserve the same paycheck as them for the same job:
I’m a man and I support #equalpay because a fair work’s day should mean a fair day’s pay. bit.ly/YDAPayEquality
My female co-workers work as hard as I do & they deserve equal pay. Add your voice to mine & let’s make it a reality. bit.ly/YDAPayEquality
Together, we can make pay inequality a distant memory.
Atima Omara, President of the Young Democrats of America & Constantina Meis, Women’s Caucus Chair
PS – Together, we can collect thousands of signatures on this petition and use it to pressure elected leaders at all levels of government. Please sign it then tweet it. -Constantina
This morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a stunning breakthrough announced a new commitment to bipartisanship and were reportedly seen running through a field of flowers together that were planted on the National Mall.
A spokesman from the newly created Front Office Of Legislative Synergy (FOOLS) said, “With today’s step the gridlock that has been a Congressional hallmark since the 2010 GOP take over is a thing of the past. Inspired by President Obama’s Year-of-Act, Speaker Boehner has decided to jettison Tea Party insanity and embrace common sense solutions.”
Sources close to the new FOOLS office have said that the House will now consider and advance bipartisan legislation that has languished on the House docket since Senate passage including Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and several important jobs bills.
“It is great to see bipartisanship returning to the House after four years of the chamber serving as the universal ‘heck no’ caucus,” said Atima Omara, President of the Young Democrats of America. “Now, Congress can do the work of the people instead of spending every waking hour hunting for the next Politico headline.”
Administration sources have told reporters that all stores within a six block radius of the Executive Offices are currently out of champagne. Chief of Staff, Josh Lyman, confirmed these reports saying, “we are all kind of celebrating and asking WTF.”
The Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) did not return our calls for comment. The voice mail at YRNF headquarters was replaced with a sobbing voice asking callers to “leave a message or whatever.”
Some Members of Congress have expressed annoyance with Speaker Boehner’s decision. “Speaker Boehner has abandoned the fundamental principle of the modern Republican Party – gridlock,” said Rep. Marcus Alexander (R-LA-07). “We can’t gerrymander our way out of the future now. What are these people trying to do – working together? That’s not the Republican version of America.”
Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) office could not be reached for comment, however, editorial assistants heard laughing in the background and swore that they could smell cigar smoke through the phone.
Frank Underwood (D-SC) was also unavailable for comment.
20 years after the first “year of the woman” 2012 was its reprisal year, producing the largest class of new women in Congress—close to 100—the most ever. So this means the future for more women in political leadership is bright right? Not really, which also doesn’t bode well for public policies that benefit women and families in the US.
In recent study published by the American University’s Women & Institute Politics, entitled Girls Just Wanna Not Run, “young women are less likely than young men ever to have considered running for office, to express interest in a candidacy at some point in the future, or to consider elective office a desirable profession”.
This research is surprising given that Millenial woman are beneficiaries of the women’s rights movements of the past and their views reflect it, a study conducted by you.gov showed that younger women under 30 identify as feminists by at least 42%, higher than any other generation! Certainly as a generation, Millenial women like myself have a strong sense of our rights and capabilities, so shouldn’t that translate to running for public office? One would think. But according to Girls Just Wanna Run, regardless of education or profession younger women today are rather reluctant to step up for public office in comparison to men.
Regardless of all the advances women have made in US society, the gender gap is real and according to Girls Just Wanna Not Run report can be attributed greatly to socialization. Younger women are not encouraged to think of careers in politics while young. Younger women are not as surrounded by situations that would encourage political interest such as school, friends, and media habits.
And even if they could work up the interest in public office, young women don’t think they are qualified. In comparison younger men receive encouragement to have a career in politics and are through their associations encouraged towards political discussion and exposed toward political information. And if men are interested in running for public office they instantly think they are qualified as opposed to women.
The Young Democrats of America Spring 2014 National Conference will take place in the clean, crisp air of Denver, CO, from May 30th thru June 1st.
Denver is no stranger to major Democratic events, having hosted the historic 1908 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions.
Additionally, Colorado is home to two of the most competitive 2014 elections: the re-elections of U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper. With control of the Senate hanging in the balance and the regular attacks on our issues from Republican Governors, these are two pivotal races for young people and our Party.
When you aren’t enjoying the meeting, you can also take in Denver’s cultural and historic landmarks, craft breweries, outdoor adventures and eco-friendly biking. For more ideas, check out: www.denver.org.
The conference early-bird registration fee is $45, and is available until April 18th. After that, advance registration for $65 will be available until May 16th. Click here to register.
The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown located at 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202. You can make your reservation online or you can call the hotel at (303) 893-3333. The hotel room rate is $139.