On the eve of the first anniversary of the historic 2008 elections, youth organizations decided to take stock of the progress that has been made in Washington, D.C. on youth priorities. We delivered our verdicts “Twitter-style” – in less than 140 characters and using the common hashtag #1yrlater.
So, what’s your verdict on the issues that are important to you? Tweet it. Or you can check out our full report by clicking here.
Here’s what groups like Rock the Vote, Campus Progress, 80 Million Strong, Energy Action Coalition, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, National Youth Advocacy Coalition, United States Student Association, Y.I. Want Change had to say:
- Health care: Must pass #hcr w/ #publicoption, subsidies, no discrim, no insurance in name only #ywic #1yrlater
- Climate/Energy: Meaningful climate legislation is still possible in ’09 and we can lead in Copenhagen. #gametimeobama #1yrlater
- Higher education: Obama/House put students over banks w/ #SAFRA, Senate must pass #SAFRA & Congress must pass #dreamact #1yrlater
- Gay rights: Historic #LGBT legislation & policies=good start, but #ENDA, #DADT, lots more 4 Pres/Cong #1yrlater
- Veterans: DC delivers VA reform, mental health, stop loss; need more on homeless, jobs, female health care #1yrlater
- Immigration: Immigration reform undone, need pathway to citizenship & DREAM Act, civil rights struggle of our time #1yrlater
- Jobs/economy: Youth unemployment nearly 2x nat’l avg, stimulus was start but need jobs bill for young #1yrlater