1 year ago

9 December, 2016

253 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Organised by:
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality

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. In his post-election press conference, President Barack Obama insisted that Americans must “reconcile themselves” with a Trump presidency and touted his “cordial discussion” with the president-elect.

The response of the Democratic Party to the election underscores a fundamental political fact: 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 this meeting, we will discuss the significance and implications of the US presidential elections and the way forward for workers and youth.