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The Young Greens (also called the Youth Caucus) is the organized youth wing of the Green Party of the United States. 

As a party that advocates for social justice issues, the Green Party offers youth an avenue to be represented and participate in electoral politics, in movement spaces, and in grassroots organizing work.

We are part of a Global Green movement that is establishing a comprehensive replacement of the typical “business as usual” party politics. Young Greens serve the needs of youth voters and are consistently forming new chapters, on university/college campuses and city-wide local organizations. Young Greens are committed to positive politics and effective political activism.

The marginalization of youth in the U.S. political process, including the electoral process, and within social movements, has long existed in the United States. Furthermore, youth are always the spark of systemic change in society, and thus always repressed by older more conservative (more socialized) people and groups, always dis-empowered by the legal system and in the wider culture due to adultism.

As part of our core identity, Young Greens underline our position and interpretation of the Green Party's Platform as anti-capitalist, intersectional/anti-oppression, anti-colonialist, and politically independent from the corporate parties and from other forms of corporate influence.

Membership is open to all Greens under the age of 35.

  


Latest Updates from the Youth Caucus

 

The Youth Caucus recognizes the importance of Proposal 835 passed in 2016 to amend the GPUS Platform, which definitively laid out the party's opposition to capitalism. 

It has been two years since the Youth Caucus SC put out its unanimous endorsement of the proposal, which was authored by one of its members. That statement asked Young Greens across the country to lobby their National Committee delegates. We are proud that this endorsement and call to action helped spark the momentum which ultimately helped 835 pass the National Committee with over 70% support.

You can find the original statement re-posted below. 

Thanks to all caucus members who ran and voted in our recent elections.
Congratulations to Mish Chavez (Co-Chair), Brian Tholl (Media Chair), Kat Myers (Finance Chair), Jacob Falzone (Education Chair), Natalia Schuurman (National Delegate), & Zack Looney (National Alternate).

Below you can see the vote totals, calculations, and those who were elected. 

The Youth Caucus SC is excited to announce the creation of a caucus "Job Board." 

Found on our internal organizing software, Basecamp, it lists over 30 specific positions we are looking to be filled. And already 5 have been filled within a few days! Jobs range from support with electoral campaigns to text banking outreach for our education calls, putting together a list of radical resources fo Young Ecosocialists to writing fundraising emails. 

To check out the job board, hop on Basecamp.

If you aren't on Basecamp, pay your caucus dues here and we will add you!

The Youth Caucus recently held a caucus-wide by-laws vote on two proposals. 

The caucus agreed to restructure the Steering Committee around standing committees --  including Media, Finance, Outreach, and Education. 

The caucus also agreed to change it's national name from Young Greens to Young Ecosocialists and will work towards implementing this in the coming months. The official name still remains the "Youth Caucus."

Please join us in extending our congratulations to those who were recently elected: 

Alison Bittick, co-chair

Brendan Phillips, co-chair

Aadam Hammond, co-chair

Eric Graf, co-chair

Steph Wild, treasurer

Tahirih Osborne, delegate

Michael Dennis, delegate

Check out their bios at ygus.org/steeringcommittee

Please join us in extending our congratulations to those who were recently elected: 

Jacob Falzone, co-chair
Mary Jane Oviatt, co-chair
Brian Tholl, co-chair
Damian Gonzales, secretary
Zack Looney, alternate delegate

Check out their bios at ygus.org/steeringcommittee

The Youth Caucus Steering Committee voted to support efforts underway in multiple states and caucuses to add a sex work decriminalization amendment to the Green Party US platform. The next cycle of platform amendments will be considered in 2018, though submission of amendments will begin within a few months.

We encourage all Young Greens to engage your local and state parties on this topic, and when specific language arises, to sign on as co-sponsors to the amendment.

Currently, we are signing onto the amendment originally coming out of the Illinois Green Party, though will be suggesting some small edits before it is submitted to the GPUS Platform Committee. 

Based on feedback from Young Greens organizers across the country and looking at student union dues models elsewhere in North America, the Youth Caucus Steering Committee has set the annual dues at $10. For many of those on college campuses, you can think of it as $5 a semester. Several of our campus chapters have already indicated that they will collectively raise this money for their campus members.

Dues is a model used in unions (including student unions) and elsewhere on the Left to encourage member investment in an organization and a funding model separate from corporate or PAC donors.

We are now accepting self-nominations for certain open Young Green Steering Committee positions. 

Open positions up for election at this time:
--2 Co-Chair positions
--1 Secretary position
--1 Alternate Delegate to the National Committee position

Please find out more about each of these positions in the by-laws (linked above) and then fill out the nomination form by 12am Eastern on Saturday April 15th. The nomination form can be found here: ygus.org/nomination


Newark, New Jersey was recently selected as the site of the Green Party's annual national meeting to be held from July 13-16. Please mark this on your calendar and follow updates on the Facebook event page.


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