Political scientists and commentators, pollsters and candidates all seem to have something to say about young people. Young people oddly and apparently are absent from the round tables and airwaves occupied by those who would call us “the future.”
Well “the future” has become aware of the present void, and new leadership in the Young Democrats of Augusta-Richmond County has chosen now to set a new tone in our conversations. New energy, in the newly elected president, local minister and activist Jordan Johnson and Executive Vice President Patrick Husbands, is charting a course to redefine what It means to be young and engaged in political action and advocacy in the CSRA. Activity during campaign seasons isn’t good enough, and young people are too often overshadowed by money raising and mudslinging, so the Young Dems of ARC is in the process of recruiting a network of 16-40-year-olds who want to sustain progressive action and persist at influencing decision making.
We will take up service in our communities so politics doesn’t have to simply be reactionary to public needs, but can be proactive and sustainable, giving businesses, families and visitors the assurance that everyday people can affect the political process for the betterment of their streets and city. Becoming an active member and taking part in social and service aspects of the YDs is as easy as marking your calendar and, for those interested in making a broader impact, state/national events host Augusta’s YDs throughout the year.
It all starts by showing up.
Joe Traina, Communications Chair
Young Democrats of Augusta-Richmond County
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