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50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

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RELEASE
March 17th, 2015

Washington, D.C. - On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Atima Omara, president of the Young Democrats of America released this statement:

“Fifty years ago today, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was introduced in to Congress. Its passage protected the sacred right to vote for all Americans and has become the cornerstone of our democracy.

Happy 4713

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In the Year of the Ram, Young Democrats across the country wish you good health, fortune and prosperity. The Ram is a great year and those born under its sign are known to be are wise, gentle and compassionate. But also tough and firm in their opinions. As Democrats, these are qualities we particularly value - be it compassion for those in our communities or the strength to stand by our ideals.

State of the Organization Address

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As president of the Young Democrats of America, I am proud to present our first ever State of the Organization address. Following President Obama’s State of the Union address two weeks ago, we must also take time to reflect on the accomplishments and strides we’ve made as young Democrats and as an organization.

 

 

Young Democrats of America Celebrates Black History Month

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Atima Omara, President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 2, 2015

First African American president of Young Democrats of America addresses the nation in celebration of Black History Month

WASHINGTON, DC - In honor of Black History Month, Atima Omara, president of the Young Democrats of America released this statement:

“This month, the Young Democrats of America and our nation celebrates Black History Month.

Diversity has always been our nation’s greatest strength and we remember the many important contributions African Americans have made to our great nation.

On the 42nd anniverary of Roe v. Wade

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January 22, 2015 marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to legally choose an abortion. I wrote an op-ed for The Hill reflecting on how 42 years later access to reproductive health care has been restricted more and more especially with a newly GOP controlled US Senate.

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Roe at 42: Stripping Away Its Promise

By Atima Omara, President, Young Democrats of America

On President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration Reform

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After the President Obama issued an executive order would prevent the deportation of at least 5 million immigrations who have been in the United States for at least five years and protect those immigrants brought here when they were small children. I wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post

I want to re-share this article to shed some humanity on the immigration story, as the daughter of immigrants myself, and also encourage people who care about this issue to reach out to their Members of Congress to finally take action.

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Reflections on Racial Profiling & Bias and the Need To Take Action

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After Mike Brown was shot, I wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post on the continued problem of racial profiling or bias in law enforcement that has sometimes ended in tragedy. Since this op-ed was posted in August, a 22 year old black named John Crawford in Ohio was shot in a store for wielding what was mistaken for a real gun, but was in fact a pellet gun. And just this past week, a 12 year old black youth Tamir Rice was shot playing in the park with his BB gun, that law enforcement also mistook for a real gun.

Be A YDA Fighter

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***UPDATE: YDA Fighters will be making phone calls into Louisiana in advance of the December 6th runoff election in support of Mary Landrieu! Follow the links below to sign up.***

When you wake up on November 5th, do you want to wake up knowing that you did everything that you could have to help Democrats win, feeling confident that you played your part to help the Democrats keep control of the Senate and win back our Governors' Mansions?

Take Action in October for Domestic Violence Awareness

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Organizations like YWCA USA, National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) work on this issue year round but use October to raise awareness around family violence.

With recent video of an NFL Player punching his wife, it's heightened awareness of domestic violence which many think is rare but it’s not.

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