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April 4 • Portland, OR •
#BlackLivesMatter. #YesAllWomen. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case for Reparations. From shutting down Interstates to social media uprisings to dense, factual arguments laid out in august journals, 2014 was an historic year for mass social movements.
It was also a challenging year. Distrust of partisan politics and changes in the media landscape helped fuel record low turnout in much of the country, especially among young adults, the same people fueling the groundbreaking social movements popping up around the country.
The Bus sits at the nexus of this challenge and opportunity. Our newest affiliates -- Chicago Votes, Ohio Student Association, and MOVE San Antonio -- work in far more racially diverse communities than the cities where the Bus originated. The zeitgeist of 2014 among young Americans, our base, demands new kinds of organizing, bolder issue plays, and different kinds of electoral engagement.
We’re building an organization capable of these challenges with a lot of help. Even as we build this organization together, I know the core of the Bus will stay the same -- a joyful, playful organization of young people, by young people, and for all people.
Thank you for joining us on the journey,
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