Youth Empowered in the Struggle

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Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!) is the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera.

"Young People's Resistance Committee is an affiliate to the national immigrant rights network Legalization for All. YPRC is a founding organization of the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump (MCAT). Formerly known as “Youth Empowered in the Struggle”.[1]

Background

Youth Empowered in the Struggle has its roots in a student club that began at Horlick High School in Racine, Wisconsin in 2004, an extension of the Latino American history class that some student leaders were taking.

Youth membership grew significantly from 2007 with the appointment of a full-time organizer. Campaign efforts were especially focused the education rights of undocumented students, both in terms of pressing for in-state tuition rates for students within Wisconsin and pushing for a similar change nationally through the DREAM Act.

In 2008, 100 youth members led off Voces de la Frontera’s May 1st march – the largest in the nation – calling for for immigration reform in the First 100 Days of the new presidency.

The prominence of youth on the march reflected the way that student leaders have been central to all of Voces campaigns.

In June 2009, Voces youth achieved a major victory with passage of an in-state tuition bill in the Wisconsin legislature. Efforts continued to secure a similar victory at national level through the DREAM Act.

February 2010 saw the launch of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!) to replace both of the preceding student groups, Students United for Immigrant Rights (SUFRIR) and Students United in the Struggle.[2]

May Day, 2012

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YES member Francisca Meraz

Youth Empowered in the Struggle members Elizabeth Roque, Marty Ordinans, Sean Orr, Will Quebrado, Lisa Cathelyn, Anabelle Martinez, Angie Macias, Ri'ana Johnson, Pedro Hernandez, and Chris Campbell at the May Day rally, Milwaukee, 2012

References

  1. https://yprcmke.wordpress.com/ Young People's Resistance Committee, accessed January 12 2018
  2. Voces de la Frontera/ YES! – A HISTORY