SEP and IYSSE public meetings

The election of Donald Trump: The political issues facing workers and youth

18 November 2016

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding meetings throughout the country on the origins and implications of the US elections. An initial list of meetings is listed below. We encourage WSWS readers to contact us to set up a meeting in your area.

Protests have erupted throughout the country against the election of Donald Trump. These demonstrations of high school youth, college students and other sections of young people express a deep hostility to the right-wing and xenophobic policies of a future Trump administration and all efforts to divide the population along racial lines.

The sentiments animating the protesters stand in sharp contrast to the response of leading Democratic Party officials who have lined up to wish Trump “success” and pledge their readiness to collaborate with him.

This cowardice of the Democrats before Trump and the far right is a continuation of their role in the election campaign. Clinton ran a right-wing campaign based on scandals and warmongering, directed particularly against Russia. She ran as the continuation of the Obama administration, which has presided over eight years of military violence, growing social inequality and escalating attacks on democratic rights.

Opposition to Trump cannot be carried forward through or in association with the Democratic Party or any of its factions. This longtime party of American imperialism cannot be changed, reformed or “taken back.”

In these meetings, we will discuss the significance and implications of the US presidential election and the way forward for workers and youth.

Meeting details:

Monday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Pierpoint Commons, Boulevard Room
2102 Bonisteel Blvd.

Tuesday, November 22, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois
University of Illinois, Chicago
Taft Hall Room 207
826 South Halsted Street

Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit, Michigan
Wayne State University
State Hall, Room 101
5182 Cass Avenue, Detroit

Tuesday, November 22, 3:00 p.m.
Annandale, Virginia
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Building CC Room 234

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Nacogdoches, Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University
Liberal Arts North 142
1936 North Street

Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m.
Geneseo, New York
SUNY Geneseo
Bailey Room 101

Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley, California
University of California, Berkeley
Evans Hall, Room 61

Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m.
Syracuse, New York
Beauchamp Library
2111 S. Salina Street

Saturday, December 3, 3:30 p.m.
New York, New York
Houston Street Center
273 Bowery

Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles, California
LA City College
Student Union - Multi-purpose Room (3rd floor)
888 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Tulane University
Lavin Bernick Center, Room 202

Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge Public Library
Central Square Branch, Lewis Room
45 Pearl Street