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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.


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.


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.

2014 Campaign Plan

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One of YDA's primary missions is to elect Democrats. This fact is reflected in our mission statement, and is a constant focus in everything we do.

2014's election cycle is critical. We need to take back some of the statehouses that the GOP took in the Tea Party wave of 2010, as well as ensure continued Democratic control of the US Senate. In furtherance of these goals, we have selected the following targeted races:

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.