Who won last night? Young people did.

| May 7, 2008 - 12:19 pm

Tags: primaries, Young Voters

Campaigns are spinning, pundits are pontificating, the candidates are on to the next state and Indiana and North Carolina are yesterdays headline. So who won? We did, the young voters. Voters under 30 made up 17% of the electorate in Indiana, while voters over 65 made up 15%. While African American voters get most of the credit for pushing Obama's numbers so high in North Carolina, in Indiana it was the youth that kept the numbers so tight.

What does this mean? It means that young people now have one of the biggest bargaining chips to dictate the conversations of the coming election. But there are a few things that we need to do to keep ourselves in the conversation.

The Best Job That Isn't Pegasus-Rider or Space Cowboy

| May 5, 2008 - 2:31 pm

Tags: jobs, YP4, YP4 Staff

Hey you!

Yeah, you!

Ever wanted to work in the progressive movement?

Do you like meeting important people, making a difference or changing the future?

Does New York City seem like a good place to live?

Then Wowee, I have the opportunity for you! That's because Young People For, a project of People for the American Way Foundation, is hiring for not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 4 positions. Plus, we're also hiring summer interns! WOW.

Did the primary end without anybody noticing?

| April 28, 2008 - 6:04 pm

Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton

[asset|aid=787|format=image|formatter=asset|title=Barack and Hillary|width=400|height=185|align=none|resizable=true]Poor Democrats. The race to Denver goes on and on, and you can tell they're getting a bit tired and cranky. Not to mention that once they're done, it's time for the election! There's no time for naps in politics (just ask Fred Thompson).

But is it possible maybe we've been dreaming these long months since Iowa and New Hampshire? Could we already be done? It might just be so, if a few staticians are to be believed.

The Intern Diaries or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Job

| April 23, 2008 - 10:36 am

Tags: burnout, Intern Diaries, Professional Development

You can’t keep your eyes open. The report you’re working on seems pointless. You want to punch the next person who looks at you funny. God, you think, I can’t wait for the weekend. Yup, it’s just another Monday morning in the office.

Barack Obama vows to abolish meatloaf from school cafeteria if elected

| April 22, 2008 - 2:11 pm

Tags: Barack Obama

Well, maybe not. But he did try to help out these guys who skipped class to come see him. What a mensch! Unfortunately it didn't work and the kids got suspended. Either the principal is a Hillary supporter, or I need to rework my list of whom to go to for my excuse when I ditch.

Revised list (in order of what works)

1. Principal

2. Teacher

3. Parent

4. Actors hired to pretend to be parents.

5. The president--he skipped Vietnam, he'll definitly help you skip class

6. Dead President (Zombie)

7. Actor pretending to be president

YP4 is hiring a new Leadership Associate!

| April 9, 2008 - 3:50 pm

Tags: jobs, opportunity, YP4, YP4 Staff

Leadership Associate

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and
education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic
values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement
and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next
generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth
leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and
carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic
participation, and election protection activities.

Right Wing Watch on Campus

| April 9, 2008 - 12:54 pm

Tags: campus life, campus organizing

From the newsletter!: 


Right Wing Watch on Campus

The Intern Diaries: Putting the right shoe forward.

| April 8, 2008 - 5:42 pm

Tags: Professional Development, Professional Etiquette

This Thursday marks the end of my first month at YP4. Yup, only one month ago I was a simple Midwesterner, completely unprepared for the elegance and culture of the big city and my first big unpaid job. It’s been a steep learning curve—in the workplace how you speak, act and dress can make all the difference for your success and you’re expected to catch on quick. I was a slow learner, but here are some tips on how to fit in to office culture without selling out.

The Intern Diaries

April Feature Fellows: Ash Arp and Chris Duarte

| April 8, 2008 - 5:15 pm

Tags: Ash Arp, Chris Duarte, fellows

Our April featured fellows Ash Arp and Chris Duarte turned a hate crime into an[asset|aid=757|format=image|formatter=asset|title=Ash Arp and Chris Duarte|width=240|height=219|align=right|resizable=true] opportunity for education on their campus by founding Project DATE: Diversity Allies Team for Education. I had an opportunity to chat with Ash and Chris about their cause, the future of the progressive movement and their inspiration. Check it out!

Falling into the Race Chasm

| April 3, 2008 - 10:45 am

Tags: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, David Sirota, Hillary Clinton, race

If you've watched any network coverage of this primary season, you're already well sick of the endless pooring over demographics for trends. Youths, Blacks and Starbucks whites for Obama vs Seniors, Latino/a's and dunkin donut whites for Clinton. Personally, I find it crass, but on the other hand I really like a well thought out graph.

David Sirota has made an interesting argument about why Obama wins in states where blacks make up less than 5% or more than 15% of the population.

He backs up his argument with this lovely piece of math class: [asset|aid=751|format=image|formatter=asset|title=Race Chasm Graph|width=430|height=349|align=center|resizable=true]