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Arresting Development

By: Bakari Kitwana

At the height of the presidential primary season in March, about 30 activists gathered at St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House to protest a Donald Trump campaign rally there. One of the activists, Melissa McKinnies, says that even before the Republican candidate took the stage, his supporters were chanting, “Build a wall! U.S.A! Build a wall! U.S.A!”

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Poll: Most Young Americans Say Parties Don’t Represent Them

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young Americans say the Republican and Democratic parties don’t represent them, a critical data point after a year of ferocious presidential primaries that forced partisans on both sides to confront what – and whom – they stand for.

That’s according to a new GenForward poll that shows the disconnect holds true across racial and ethnic groups, with just 28 percent of young adults overall saying the two major parties do a good job of representing the American people.

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, smiles while speaking during a campaign event in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S., on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Tuesday night's New York primary not only ended a multi-state losing streak for current front-runners Donald Trump and Clinton, who won roughly 60 percent of the vote each, but also moved them an important step closer to the general election.

GenForward Poll: Most Whites Think Clinton Broke Law

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young Americans are divided over Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email account while she was secretary of state, with most young whites saying she intentionally broke the law and young people of color more likely to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt.

The new GenForward poll of young Americans age 18-30 also finds both Clinton and Donald Trump viewed negatively by a majority of those polled.

A skirmish broke out between protesters and Chicago Police near Columbus and Balbo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The protesters marched against police-involved shootings in the wake of the city's release of a video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke. |

Poll: Police harassment familiar to young blacks, Hispanics

By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Crystal Webb cringes whenever a patrol car appears in her rearview mirror. She also never wants to see the inside of a police station again.

Her personal experience with police, plus recent fatal shootings of unarmed black men by white officers, has led the Apple Valley, California, mother of two to ask: Who are the good guys and who are bad?


Poll: Most young people dislike GOP’s Trump, say he’s racist

By: The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is wildly unpopular among young adults, in particular young people of color, and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the presumptive Republican nominee is racist.

That’s the finding of a new GenForward poll that also found just 19 percent of young people have a favorable opinion of Trump compared to the three-quarters of young adults who hold a dim view of the New York billionaire.

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A new survey of young people finds growing support for Black Lives Matter and trans rights

By: Fusion

According to the GenForward survey, released today by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago and the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, young Americans are increasingly supportive of two major progressive causes: the Black Lives Matter movement and transgender people being able to use the bathroom of their gender identity.

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Poll: After Education, Young People Diverge On 2016 Issues

By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to picking a new president, young people in America are united in saying education is what matters most. But there’s a wide split in what else will drive their votes.

For African-American adults between the ages of 18 and 30, racism is nearly as important as education. For young Hispanics, it’s immigration. And for whites and Asian-Americans in the millennial generation, it’s economic growth.

The results from the new GenForward poll highlight big differences among young Americans who often are viewed as a monolithic group of voters – due in no small part to their overwhelming support for President Barack Obama during his two campaigns for president.

GenForward is a survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research . The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of the country’s most diverse generation.

Among the most striking findings: Young African-Americans are significantly more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to say racism is a top issue when it comes to choosing a candidate for president. A third of blacks between 18 and 30 chose racism as one of the top issues that will affect their votes, nearly tied with education and ahead of both health care and economic growth.

Lakevia Davis, 24, of Montgomery, Alabama, said the toll from the police shootings in the past few years has moved race to the top for her and other young blacks.

“The civil rights movement was only 50 years ago, but we’re still fighting the same fight,” she said. “It’s a just as big a deal for other races, but it’s just not as public as it is for us.”

Cathy Cohen, a professor at the University of Chicago and the principal investigator of the Black Youth Project, said African-American youth seem to feel the sting of racism more often and are more likely to call it a major problem.

In the poll, 8 in 10 young African-Americans called racism a major problem. They were joined by 3 in 4 young Hispanics, more than 3 in 5 Asian-Americans and a little more than half of young whites.

That’s “a pretty significant difference” between blacks and whites, she said.

The poll was taken before last week’s slayings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men whose deaths were captured on video, and the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas that followed. Before the gunman in Dallas was killed, he said he wanted revenge for the killings of blacks by police.

Police brutality was chosen by 2 in 10 young African-Americans as a top issue in their choice for president, far more than young Hispanics, Asian-Americans and whites.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has made race inequality a central theme of her candidacy. She said Tuesday she wants to develop national guidelines on the use of police force and to provide training on “implicit bias.”

Trump has framed his response to the issue in largely economic terms, and the GenForward poll found unemployment was almost as important an issue to young African-Americans as police brutality.

“Jobs can solve so many problems,” Trump said this week in an interview with The Associated Press. “And we’re going to open our country up and we’re going to be a huge jobs producer again instead of having terrible jobs.”

But Todd Shaw, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina, said some of Trump’s political rhetoric may have driven young black adults to put racism at the top of their list of issues.

“When young African-Americans hear that Mexican-Americans or Muslims are outsiders or should be barred from the country or are seen as rapists, particularly given the liberal leanings of younger African-Americans, they will read that as you are against all persons who are different” from whites, he said.

The poll showed major support for the Black Lives Matter movement among African-Americans polled – 84 percent.

Support for Black Lives Matter polled at 68 percent for Asian-Americans, 53 percent for Hispanics and 41 percent for whites.

“Over time, things change and get better, but it’s not there yet,” said 29-year-old Galen Mosher of Portland, Oregon, who is white and supports Black Lives Matter.

“If we can’t have some kind of understanding … then we can’t build the trust,” he said.

The poll of 1,965 adults age 18-30 was conducted June 14-27 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

The survey was paid for by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago using grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.

Associated Press writers Paul Holston and Sarah Grace Taylor in Washington contributed to this story.


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Organizing in Chicago is a matter of strategy

By: Chaya Crowder

Young Black activists in Chicago are wholly committed to local community engagement and cultivating a new generation of politically empowered leaders. Chicago’s chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 continues to lead the way in the innovation of community organizing strategies and building efforts.

Black Youth Project 100 is an all Black, member-based organization comprised of young people ranging in age from 18 to 35, as well as a partner organization of Black Youth Project (BYP). BYP got the opportunity to speak to activists from Black Youth Project 100, including Johnaé Strong and Asha Rosa to discuss the organization’s goals and strategies towards achieving Black Liberation.

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Movement for Black Lives Yields New Targets of the State

By Lamont Lilly

During the height of the Ferguson Rebellion in late summer 2014, youth organizer, Joshua Williams quickly rose to the call of duty. In the aftermath of Officer Darren Wilson’s brutal murder of unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown, 19-year-old Williams, stepped forward in the most dedicated and courageous way possible – on the front lines.