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The responses from yesterday ranged from people complaining about spelling errors, to those saying I was lazy.  But anyway there is going to be a teenage Democrats as long as i get this petition signed and deliver it to dean.  So please help reshape the Democratic party and really crash the gates!And send any dem teens our way, and get them to contact me!

The DNC needs to see that there is a need for a teenage democrat, and that there is a need for this party to change and reach out to neglected young Democrats.  The Republicans beat us out at the polls because they have a larger more active base, and they are better organized.  The grass roots of our party must reach beyond computer screens and into the minds of people.  By Democrats not actively courting teens they are missing out on a whole new generatiion of voters, my generation.  What separates Republicans from Democrats is our openess to change, and progress we must!  2006 Should be new era for dems, one where we win, one where we have a Teenage Democrats.  Please sign the petiton and help make the Democrats stronger!http://www.ipetitions.com/...

Originally posted to bushwhacker on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 02:35 PM PST.

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  •  PLEASE RECCOMEND (4.00)
    It's important that he change actually takes place.  Just by signing the petiton we could change party history!
  •  Great effort (none)
    To do this would help us take advantage of the huge imbalance in party affiliation among young voters. From example, the only age group that supports gay marriage? 18-24 year olds. If Democrats reach out starting early, they're more likely to get these voters to the polls. Ignore at your own loss.
  •  Good on ya! (none)
    Glad to see you taking this iniative. Be prepared to be patient, though, as well as persistant. The Rs were at their nadir in 64, and it took them a long time and a lot of hard work to get where they are.

    Here's a suggestion for a trick: Announce the formation of a Young Rethugs pro-Bush/pro war group and call a meeting...at the nearest recruiting office!

    Tell the Young Chickenhawks to sign up, put up, or shut up!

    Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

    by drewfromct on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 02:47:28 PM PST

  •  Just signed (none)
    Keep up the good work.
  •  I signed too... (none)
    I hate the Young Dems at my school - they're a bunch of establishment-style Dems who really don't actually care about the Democratic cause and only actually care about the line on the college application resume.

    My friend loves to joke that he's done more for the Democratic cause than the Young Dems combined, and he's a registered Republican. I've sort of started my own renegade organization for Democrats, and we've been driving pretty hard to register all the seniors at school and make sure they go out to vote.

    I gladly signed the petition...we definitely need reform. I mean, most teenagers are left leaning, if we can get a more effective voice in the Democratic Party, we can get a more effective voice on the national stage.

  •  Any luck with either of these two? (none)
    http://www.youngdems.org/

    It's a California group but their website says "CYD/CCD members are between the ages of 14-35"  I'm sure they can help you out.

    You say you're volunteering for Spitzer (mentioned in your previous diary) - then maybe you can make it here:

    Everyone welcome!

    Tuesday, March 21st, 7pm
    Manhattan County Democratic Committee Headquarters
    60 Madison Avenue (at 27th Street)
    Suite 1201
    Phone: 212-725-8825

    Agenda TBA

    RSVP requested: rsvp@manhattanyoungdems.org

    http://www.manhattanyoungdems.org/....

  •  What is your point exactly? (none)
    I ask because there are already two groups for Democrats that are teenagers.  YDA (Young Democrats of America) is the main one.  Working in DC, I know for a fact that they just recieved a large influx of money and are gearing up for 06-08 by hiring new staffers and consultants as we speak.

    There is also the college Democrats.

    Can you please elaborate on why there needs to a third "teenage" Democrats group?

    •  Why Don't (none)
      you get it collge dems are for people in college not high schooll aged people and I live in new york i've never even seen the yda. Plus the yda is for memebers 14 - 35.  The yda also throws their parties in bars, and is geared for 20 to 30 year olds.  I know cause i went to their website and saw their photo gallerey.  Why can't there be a group for highschool kids. The republicans have one?  Why can't dems just make a highschool group!
      •  I'm thinking you whine too much (4.00)
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        rockhound, fiddlingnero
        This is your second diary in two days on the topic and everytime someone gives you a suggestions, you piss and moan about it. I defended you yesterday when others pointed it out... but you're doing it again.

        You said before that you volunteered for Spitzer, so you live somewhere in NY. I just quickly looked at the YDA's manhattan chapter that I posted above. There charter (which is posted online) says the organization begins membership at age 16. If you're younger than that you can be an associate member. There are other chapters all throughout New York. I'm sure some meeting places are in bars, but others list a variety of events.

        Here's the thing that I don't get. In both of your diaries you speak passionately about wanting an organization for teen Dems, but never once mention what you care about politically, ethically, morally. Is it public education? reinstating the draft? Lowering the voting age? Parental notification for abortion? wind power?

        You have dozens of posts in these two diaries - not one of them offers a political thought. Just "recommend me, recommend me." And, now, "sign my petition, sign my petition." Capiche, paisan?

        So what is it? What do you care about?

        •  I WANT (none)
          AND If YOU READ others teens posted here, we want a teen dems for ppl our age, so there is an organization for our age group, the dems have to reach out to us. Why is hard to understand.  Why can't there be a teenage dems? I stand for what the democrats stand for.  I wanted this reccomended so maybe there could be a teenage dems.  I did'nt write this to gripe, but to change it.    I have spoken with many teen dems since yeaterday.  I made an online petition.  Young democrats is not for teens.  Get it out of your head!  The have a collge dems, for college aged kids.  So Why not have a teen dems where highschool kids like me can join, and get involved.  Type young dems on google and u get crap.  Also realize no parent is going to drive there kid to manhattan to a political event where they know no one.  Teen dems care about school isssues and school funding as well as other major issues.  People want to see what its like to be on campaign staff, but can't becaus ethere is no chapter.  I live in long island, home to 3 million ppl ther are noactive yda chapeters!      
          •  Not hard to understand (1+ / 0-)
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            rockhound

            In fact, I actually do understand it - hence my numerous posts on this and your previous thread.
            Obviously "young" democrats (as in the YDA) is a bit misleading since it include members up to age 36. But their charter says it begins membership at age 16. And associate membership at age 14.
            If you go to the YDA.org site - you'll see a couple dozen YDA chapters in New York. I don't know which one is closest to LI. There's also a link to a 50pp pdf file on HOW TO START YOUR OWN CHAPTER.
            Take a man pill and start your own. I've seen numerous high school chapters around the country - obviously other kids are doing the same thing. Then, guess what, you'll be 17 or 18 and you'll walk into a YDA meeting AND EVERY SINGLE person there will say - there's the kid who started the LI Teen Democrats Chapter.

    •  I haven't been in on the history, but (0+ / 0-)

      College Dems does leave out high schoolers.
      A group for 14-35 year olds definitely doesn't cut it.

  •  Why (none)
    Do i have to take a moral ethical stance for my oint that there should be a teen dems?  What does that have to do with the fact  that ill wake up tommorow and there'll still be no teen dems.  I'll wake up in the morning and dems will still be wimpy.  You prove dems are wimpy because, dems on the most leftist blog in the nation can;t agree on making a teenage dems?  Cant take a stance.  No wonder we lose races.  When someone suggestes cutting through the traditional route everyone flips!  Some of you people here are just as bad as the est. dems!  This is why people become republicans.  Not because they believe in it more, but because the people actually listen to them!  
  •  Teen Dems? (0+ / 0-)

    FYI, I have come across contacts listed for "Teen Democrats" on a number of different county party websites.

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