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YP4 Staff Mobilizes in Support of #NoDAPL

Native and Indigenous activists gather to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo credit: New York Times.  Wednesday afternoon, I joined YP4’s Communications Associate Saryn Francis on the steps…

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Planned Parenthood Empowers Students

Photo Credit: Flickr/CreativeCommons This piece was first published by The Ithaca Journal on December 8th by YP4 ’14 Christina Tudor. It’s republished here to uplift her powerful organizing in upstate…

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YP4’14 Cortney Sanders Explains What’s At Stake in Fisher v. UT Austin

On Wednesday, December 9th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. UT Austin II, the second iteration of a landmark case on universities’ abilities to employ affirmative action policies…

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Making the World Safe for Trans* People Like Me

Graphic art by Micah Bazant for the Audre Lorde Project Last Friday the queer community marked Transgender Day of Remembrance — also known as Trans Day of Resilience. This day, which…

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YP4 Fellows Respond to Fifth Circuit Ruling Blocking DAPA

Photo of Communities for a New California at Immigrant Day in Sacramento, Calif. (Credit: Alejandro Carrillo) As members of the Young People For (YP4) Courts Matter Initiative, we vehemently condemn…

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Understanding the Most Important Reproductive Rights Case in Decades

Activists protests for reproductive health access in Texas. (Credit: Creative Commons/Flickr)   Earlier this year, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg told an interviewer that “[w]e will never see a day when…

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#WeStandwithMizzou

Trigger Warning: white supremacy on college campuses   Last Thursday on my campus, Washington University in St. Louis, we had a demonstration standing in solidarity with the students at…

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Not Your Model Minority

That’s my mom. I snuck the snapshot of her when I said I had to pee really badly waiting to pick her up after work. She is usually really private…

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How to Not Perpetuate Racism and Be a Decent Human Being

Late this October, a South Carolina high school fired a white in-school resource officer named Ben Fields for using excessive force against a Black female student. In a widely circulated video,…