In June, the Young Democrats of America will host two Leadership Academies in Washington for high school and college/university students. In both Leadership Academies, Fellows will attend training and workshops from Democratic and Progressive presenters on campaign and volunteer management, politics, policy making, issue advocacy, and professional development. The goal is to prepare students to return home ready to work on Congressional and statewide campaigns anywhere in 2018.
The College Leadership Academy in particular will involve a full day of lobbying Congress on issues currently facing students on campuses across the nation.
The High School Leadership Academy, open to current high school students aged 14-18 graduating between 2018 and 2021, will be from June 14 to June 17 in Washington, DC. Click this link to apply.
The College Leadership Academy, open to current college and university students aged 18-24, expecting graduation between 2018 and 2021, will be from June 18 to June 21 in Washington, DC. Click this link to apply.
For more information, please contact Akilah Ensley, DNC Committeewoman for YDA, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information closer to home, please email email@example.com.
On January 20, I stood in front of a crowd at the MLK Memorial in Washington to warn our fellow Young Democrats of an existential crisis. We knew the new president and his administration were coming for immigrants. We knew he would provoke China and Mexico by starting trade wars. We knew he'd get the government to build a wasteful and unnecessary monument to his ego; a physical avatar of his xenophobia. We knew he'd go after Muslims, Latinos, women, and that he even had designs for the Black and LGBT communities. We knew he did not care for the Constitution he swore to uphold that day and that his party would let him rip it to shreds to meet their ends.
We did not believe we'd get from inauguration to constitutional crisis in twelve days.
Luckily, there is hope. The very next day, 6,500 South Carolinians marched in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Clemson to defend women's rights and stand against him. They joined more than three million people across the country and another quarter million around the world in the largest one-day protest in American history. This was followed by two protests Sunday at GSP International Airport in Greer and at the State House in Columbia against the arbitrary, overbroad, and unconstitutional travel ban targeting Muslims in seven Middle Eastern countries. This was followed by a larger State House demonstration just last night.
Senate offices in Washington, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill have been slammed with your comments. Jaime Harrison has even volunteered to send your comments straight to Sens. Graham and Scott's DC offices when he goes there tomorrow. You can email your comments here.
Make no mistake: what is coming out of the White House are the beginnings of a fascist administration. Keep fighting anyway. Fight for your rights. Fight for what you believe in. Still, fight.
Bryanta Maxwell is President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina.
From The Briefing:
Election Day is less than six days away! Secretary Clinton is running neck and neck with the Republican nominee in South Carolina, and could come out on top only with your help. We are asking all of our members and all South Carolina voters (and Democrats) to perform these actions:
1) MAKE A PLAN: Vote absentee in person, if you qualify. Qualifications include working on election day; on vacation outside your county on election day; being on post outside your county; in school outside your county of residence. Even if you plan to vote on Election Day itself, make a plan to vote.
Check your voter registration. Know where your polling place is. Know whether you are going there in the morning, at lunch, or after work or class. Most absentee precincts in South Carolina will be open Thursday, Friday, and Monday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. On Tuesday, your normal polling places will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
2) HELP THE STATE PARTY: Specifically, phone bank or canvass for state candidates through SCDP. Most county party offices are open every day until the election from 12-8 M-F, 10-6 on Saturday, and 2-6 on Sunday. Staging locations will go live on Monday; most County Party and campaign offices are staging locations.
3) HELP HILLARY, IN SC: Marcurius Byrd and Austin Jackson have Hillary phone lists from Educators for Hillary. Bree Maxwell has a virtual phone bank for Millennials for Hillary. If anyone wants to phone bank for the Clinton campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you started.
4) The Coordinated Campaign also needs volunteers for Rides to the Polls on November 8. Please contact Ernest Boston at email@example.com for more details.
Thank you to everyone already working hard to elect Secretary Clinton, Senator Kaine, and our local Democrats to office in 2016. We'll see you at the polls!
Last month, the Young Democrats of South Carolina executive council formally approved its Presidential appointments. Appointed officers are brought on for their expertise or to perform needed tasks for our organization. Their terms run out with the President's, therefore their appointments run to May 1, 2018. This year, our appointed officers are:
PHILLIP DUDLEY of Anderson, who is now our Data Director.
JESSICA BRIGHT of Walterboro, who now serves as our Outreach Director.
IAN RUTLEDGE of Greenville, who now serves as Communications Director.
Bree Maxwell, YDSC's President, also created two officers who will serve on an ad-hoc basis, a Political Director and a Fundraising Director.
PHILLIP CHAMBERS of Spartanburg, an aide to Congressional candidate Chris Fedalei, and SH'KUR FRANCIS of Charleston, an aide to Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, will serve in these respective roles.
YDA National Committeewoman LAUREN BILTON of Columbia and National Committeeman DERRICK QUARLES of Greenville were retained to their posts.
The YDA Southeast Region will hold its Fall Conference on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Conference will be campaign-oriented, helping our neighbors at the Young Democrats of North Carolina with a campaign invasion and compiling a list of priority races in each state to coordinate resources across the region.
The Conference is free of charge, but Region officials want participants to register. You can do so at this link.
Members of the Young Democrats of South Carolina met August 27 in Columbia to amend the YDSC Constitution to split the office of Vice President into the offices of First and Second Vice President.
In April's spring Convention, Nia McCray of Richland County and then-Secretary Jeni Atchley of Dorchester County entered two more rounds of voting at the Executive Board Elections in Aiken--and tied both times. President Bree Maxwell brokered a deal with them both for the Convention to elect them both on the condition that a Constitutional Convention was called that summer to formalize their offices.
McCray, the First Vice President, will work with Outreach Director Jessica Bright to increase YDSC membership and plan training sessions across the state, while Atchley, the Second Vice President, will work on policy issues--both inside and outside our organization.
Four YDSC leaders and 15 Democrats under 40 were elected as National Delegates or Alternates at the South Carolina Democratic Party convention Saturday in Columbia. Nearly 25 percent of all Delegates and Alternates elected at the convention were under the age of 40, and the SCDP's stated goal of four Delegates under 30 well surpassed.
Four YDSC leaders were elected as delegates Saturday. Second Vice President Jeni Atchley of Ladson (1st District) and YDA Black Caucus Chair Randy Ra Shad Gaines of Aiken (2nd District) were elected as Bernie Sanders delegates from their districts. National Committeewoman Lauren Bilton of Columbia (2nd District) was elected as a Hillary Clinton delegate, and President Bryanta Maxwell was elected as a Party Leader/Elected Official delegate for Sanders.
Several SCDP officers under 40 were also elected as delegates: Charleston County chairman Brady Quirk-Garvan (1st District), and Richland County First Vice Chairwoman Alycia Albergottie (both 6th District) were elected as Congressional Delegates for Clinton. Greenwood County Third Vice Chairwoman Eryan Cooper (3rd District) was elected as a Congressional Delegate for Sanders. Lexington County First Vice Chairman Anthony Thompson of Columbia was elected as an At-Large Delegate for Clinton.
Roy Willey IV of Charleston (6th District) was elected as a Clinton delegate, and Michele Horne of Rock Hill (5th District) was elected as a Sanders delegate.
Wayne Borders of Columbia was elected as a Sanders At-Large Delegate, and Carlton Boyd of Columbia was elected as a Sanders At-Large Alternate. Jessica Bright of Walterboro, Chris McCurry of West Columbia, and Kenny Oubre of Mount Pleasant were elected At-Large Delegates for Clinton.
Updated to reflect the full results and to add names missed earlier.
The Young Democrats of South Carolina's Executive Board is set for the next two years.
Bryanta Booker-Maxwell of Columbia, who became President in 2015 to fill out previous President Mike Glymph's term, has been elected to her own two-year term at our State Convention, held April 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Aiken.
Austin Jackson of Columbia, the former Alternate Executive Committeeman for the Richland County Democratic Party and our Communications Director, was elected Secretary; and Richland County Executive Committeeman Marcurius Byrd, a USC Law student from Blythewood, was re-elected to his second two-year term as Treasurer.
In a testament to democracy as well as the dedication and the qualifications of both current Secretary Jeni Atchley and Central Midlands vice chair Nia McCray, the race between the two went to three inconclusive ballots. In fact, the third ballot ended in a tie! Maxwell made the decision to declare them both Vice President, with the constitutional changes to be made at the next called Convention. McCray will assume the office of First Vice President and will oversee membership and trainings while Atchley will assume the office of Second Vice President and will oversee policy.
The new board takes office on May 1.
The College Democrats of South Carolina held their annual convention today at Furman University. Speakers included YDSC President Bree Maxwell and National Committeeman Derrick Quarles as well as state Representative Chandra Dillard of Greenville, political strategist Candy Fletcher, Congressional candidate Chris Federai, as well as state House candidates Tyler Mitchell and Carlton Kinard.
The College Democrats elected their new state board this afternoon after the plenary sessions. Matthew Cauthen is the new President of the College Democrats of South Carolina. Matthew is a third year student at the University of South Carolina. He is also the Third Vice Chair of the Richland County Democratic Party. The College Democrats president is a member of the YDSC board, and will have a vote on the board.
President: Matthew Cauthen, University of South Carolina
Vice President: Mary-Stuart Tinkler, Columbia College
Treasurer: Roman Vitanza, Winthrop University
Membership Director: Justin Smith, Clemson University
Communications Director: Jada Williams, University of South Carolina