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Income Inequality

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For 2014, Young Democrats of America has worked to raise awareness of Income Inequality among its members. At each of our quarterly meetings in 2014, a different aspect of income inequality has been explored:

YDA Statement on Violence and Police State in Ferguson, MO

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Atima Omara, President of the Young Democrats of America, responds to the violence and "police state" presence in the wake of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown Ferguson, MO: "I am gravely concerned about the current situation in Ferguson that has evolved in response to the Michael Brown tragedy. I am especially concerned at the lack of respect for the rule of law and extensive overreach by our law enforcement in Ferguson. The violence in streets needs to stop. I also urge Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to take control of the situation.

Introducing the Rising Star Series: A New Women's Caucus Initiative

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At the Young Democrats of America’s (YDA) National Conference in Pittsburgh, the Women’s Caucus announced a new initiative to raise awareness around young female candidates running for office nationwide. The Rising Star Series, will feature a national directory of women under age 36 who are candidates for every level of public office. The purpose is to bring attention to young female candidates, to connect them with state YDA chapters and to encourage other young women considering running in the future.

YDA International Affairs Director Attends Study Session in Hungary

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This post appears courtesy of Jillian Cardillo, International Affairs Liasion, Young Democrats of America. As many of you know, YDA is part of an international organization known as the International Federation of Liberal Youth, or IFLRY for short. IFLRY hosts many events each year, ranging from General Assemblies to study sessions on a variety of topics. I recently attended a study session on conflict transformation, held at the European Youth Center in Budapest, Hungary.

Ohio Young Democrats Meet with DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Discuss 2014 Campaign Efforts

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O-H-I-O Young Democrats are on a roll and starting the groundwork for Democratic victories in 2014! Two weeks ago, members of the Ohio Young Democrats (OYD) executive board and the leadership teams from some of Ohio’s local young dem chapters had the honor of meeting with DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. During the 45-minute meeting, which took place at the Ohio Democratic Party’s headquarters in Columbus, OYD members heard about Wasserman Schultz's story of running for office and her first election at the age of 25.

REMINDER: Pittsburgh Early Bird Registration Closes July 3rd!

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Before finalizing your 4th of July holiday plans, please remember that July 3rd is the deadline for early bird registration for the YDA Summer National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA!

Tomorrow is also the deadline to make a reservation in the YDA room block at the discounted rate of $125/night.

See our page at for more details.

Sign Up for YDA Lobby Day

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On July 9-10, 2014, the Young Democrats of America will be hosting our first national Lobby Day in more than a decade. The young, progressive leaders that make up YDA will converge on Capitol Hill to lobby on issues important to young people including the economy, jobs, net neutrality, LGBTQ equality, pay equity and many others.

YDA members who pay the $35 registration fee will receive extensive training to maximize their effectiveness on the Hill, as well as Breakfast and Lunch provided by YDA.

Remembering Two Great Democratic Women

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In recent days, the America and the Democratic Party lost two crusaders for women and a better America: former DNC Women's Caucus Chair, Mame Reilly, and Annie's List Executive Director, Grace Garcia.

President Atima Omara (VA) and Women's Caucus Chair, Constantina Meis (NJ) offered these remembrances.