Last spring, The Nation launched its biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts ten first-person updates on student and youth organizing in the United States—from established student unions, to emerging national networks, to ad hoc campaigns that don’t yet have a name. Check out last year’s posts, in chronological order, here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.
To mark the new year, this week’s theme is emerging organizing. The list is far from exhaustive.
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1. In Denver, the Testing Resistance Plans Big
In 2013, students, parents and teachers throughout Colorado protested and petitioned to reverse the tide of education policy. In 2014, we will see new tests and programs that further compromise the value of education. From January 17 to 20, a Colorado Student Power Convergence will assemble in opposition. We plan to create a campaign to boycott all standardized testing. Planning will continue at a follow-up conference in February, the Student Power Continuum, where we will reach out to parents and students to encourage them to boycott the TCAP test and organize actions leading to United Opt Out’s national conference, March 28 to 30, in Denver.
2. In LA, the Undocuqueer Movement Grows
Queer and undocumented immigrant youth have been at the forefront of the immigrant youth movement. Undocuqueers have developed a critical lens of the mainstream LGBTQ movement by shifting its focus from marriage equality to issues affecting LGBTQ immigrants within education, healthcare and the immigration system. Of the 2 million deportations carried out under the Obama administration, many are queer, and many are trans* women placed in detention centers forced to experience physical, sexual and psychological abuse by officials and other detainees. In February, expanding on the work of QUIP, undocuqueer leaders, LGBTQ immigrants, parents and allies in Los Angeles will launch a national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization.