INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS VOICE SUPPORT FOR AMBITIOUS CLIMATE PLATFORM


July 9th, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today that the organization endorsed the platform recommendations of the DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council, being the third state to sign on alongside California and Michigan.

 

The DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council is a permanent entity of the DNC, or Democratic National Committee. The Climate Council “was established to push the Democratic Party to take bold and urgent action addressing the climate crisis and other environmental issues. The Council is recommending a sweeping set of policies for inclusion in the new four-year 2020 Democratic Party platform,” according to their website.

 

The platform includes a number of major policy proposals and is largely geared towards developing working-class jobs. The platform proposes “establish(ing) a federal Just Transition Task Force to develop a program supporting communities and workers impacted by the climate crisis and the transition to renewables, and fund the program.”

 

Indiana Young Democrats Communications Director, Austin Matheny, believes the platform recommendations provide an opportunity for environmental advocacy groups to bridge an existing divide with working-class Americans. “The issues facing communities of color, our native communities, our global economy, our national security, working-class Americans, and our environment have been seen as separate issues. What I think we’re seeing now during the COVID crisis is that people on all sides of the political spectrum are saying “Whatever is happening now just isn’t working for anyone”. Climate change is a bigger economic threat than Coronavirus, and we have tens of millions of unemployed Americans right now. This climate platform, and electing Joe Biden to enact this platform, can take on the issues jointly facing working-class Americans, communities of color, native communities, and our environment.”

 

Indiana has two Young Democrats of America National Committeepersons, Dyna Martinez and Matthew Kochevar, who support the recommendations as well.

 

Dyna Martinez had this to say: “I am so excited to support a bold, progressive, and transformative proposal. The science and data does not lie. We know that climate change disproportionately affects marginalized communities. This is not just an investment in our economy and the environment but an investment on our futures. I am looking forward to the DNC enacting  these ambitious policies and working with the Biden campaign to make sure that these are priorities moving forward. I’m extremely proud of the leadership our executive board has taken on supporting such recommendations.” 

 

Matthew Kochevar is encouraged by the bold plans being put forward. “Climate change is the single greatest crisis young people and future generations face on this planet. It has and will continue to affect every person on this planet, but most harshly indigenous people, people of color, and low income people who long suffer from policies that greatly affect their health and well being. For a person to attain their goals in life and for all of us to achieve as individuals and as a community we must have a planet that we can live on. The DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council’s recommendations for the 2020 Democratic Party platform set the right policy goals for conquering this crisis. It sets bold action to address years of dithering inaction by policymakers that will be based on science and data, will grow a new sector of the American economy that will provide high quality, family-sustaining jobs and will re-grow the ranks of our labor organizations, and will address the long history of environmental injustice faced by so many Americans. I encourage the Platform Committee to include these recommendations into the party platform for approval by the Democratic National Convention.”

 

Michelle Deatrick Council Chair said UN a statement:

The DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis is thrilled to have earned the Indiana Young Democrats’ support. Hoosiers know we need to act on climate now. Despite nearing 100,000 clean energy jobs, Indiana has the top carbon emissions per capita in the Midwest.

Environmental justice and frontline empowerment can uplift communities of color from Gary to Indianapolis. A renewable energy transition can create tens of thousands of good union jobs, making use of the state’s abandoned automobile industrial infrastructure primed for a second life. Mitigating against climate change will protect Indiana’s family farmers faced with extreme flooding and factory farms destroying bottom lines while polluting waterways.

I am so grateful to the Indiana Young Democrats for their endorsement of our ambitious national platform recommendations. These are winning issues for Democrats, key to both leading the way on climate action and regaining the state’s Democratic congressional and state house majorities. We look forward to working now and in the future with IYD and many other youth Democratic groups across the country, from the Young Democrats of Michigan and California, to the College Democrats of Minnesota, to the Young Democrats of America’s Hispanic and Veterans’ Caucuses–and many more. Together, we urge the DNC to adopt our bold platform and lead Democrats to victory in November.

The Climate Council recommended platform will be voted on at the 2020 DNC National Convention, which is being held remotely while based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Convention and vote on the platform recommendations will occur from August 17th through August 20th. The platform can be found at www.dncclimate.org/the-platform.

You can also go to their website and publish your support the platform recommendations: https://www.dncclimate.org/endorsements 

 

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DEMOCRATIC STATEWIDE NOMINEES TO ADDRESS THE 2020 INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS VIRTUAL STATE CONVENTION


June 17th, 2020

 

Democratic ticket for governor calls for young leaders at the table

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today that the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Woody Myers, the Lieutenant Governor candidate, Linda Lawson, and the Attorney General candidate will be attending the virtual convention. These nominees will address the attendees during the lunch event at the convention in which the public will be able to hear and interact with each nominee. Senator Eddie Melton will be moderating this event on June 20 at noon. 


Dr. Woody Myers was born in Indianapolis and raised in Martindale-Brightwood, Woody is a proud 3rd-generation Hoosier. Myers received his Bachelor of Science and his Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University, and his M.D. from the Harvard Medical School. Myers is married, lives in Indianapolis, and has five children and two grandchildren. 


“Linda Lawson and I are excited to join the Indiana Young Democrats this Saturday to discuss the importance of building a more inclusive Indiana through accessible healthcare, strong public education funding, and criminal justice reform,” said Dr. Woody Myers. “We welcome Young Democrats to the table as leaders in our state and we look forward to including their voices when we’re elected.”


Linda Lawson was elected to the First District of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1998. In 2012, she became the first woman elected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve as the Floor Leader until her retirement in 2018. Linda currently lives in Nashville, IN with her two best fur friends, Sophie and Hank.


“Linda Lawson is a champion for social justice and equality, workers, and public

schools. Linda is no stranger to leading the way for women,” said Arielle Brandy, President of Indiana Young Democrats. “As Indiana’s Democratic nominees, we are grateful to hear about their vision for Indiana and we as Young Democrats are committed to joining them in this fight and look forward to hearing them address us at convention.”


The Indiana Democratic Party will announce results from the Party’s contest for Attorney General June 17 at 6:30 P.M. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody will be joined by the Party’s nominee after the final tabulation of the votes is completed Wednesday evening. The Indiana Young Democrats are bringing speakers and panelists from across Indiana and even working with national partners like Run for Something, Rust Belt Rising, and Planned Parenthood to hold this virtual event June 20. Over 240 attendees are expected, with Pete Buttigieg, Christina Hale, and Josh Owens being one of a robust line-up of high-profile speakers and trainings.


Myers and Lawson will address the attendees beginning at 12:00 p.m. More information about the convention is available online at the Indiana Young Democrats Convention website.



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CONGRESSMAN CARSON AND VISCLOSKY TO SPEAK AT 2020 INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS VIRTUAL STATE CONVENTION


June 15th, 2020


Democratic leaders gearing up to address young Hoosier Democrats

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today that the Democratic U.S. Representative André Carson and Pete Visclosky will speak at the 2020 Indiana Young Democrats Virtual State Convention. 


Congressman Carson is a proud Indianapolis native, having grown up on the city’s east side. Now in his 6th full term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Carson has established himself as an influential leader and respected public servant, fighting for good paying jobs, economic growth, and safer communities for Indiana’s working families. 


“Having both of Indiana’s Democratic Congressman address our convention is an honor,” said Arielle Brandy, President of Indiana Young Democrats. “As Indiana’s voice in Congress, we are grateful to hear about the crucial work they are doing to protect our communities in these uncertain times. Congressman Carson is taking a lead right now as Indiana’s only member of the Congressional Black Caucus and has been on the front lines fighting for the current state of social injustice in this country. We as Young Democrats are committed to joining him in this fight and look forward to hearing him address us at convention.”

Born in Gary, Indiana, Congressman Pete Visclosky has been a life-long resident of Northwest Indiana. Pete has always fought for Northwest Indiana’s domestic steel industry, recognizing its importance to his communities and to the overall economy. 


“We are incredibly fortunate to have Congressman Visclosky join us at our convention as he prepares to retire from Congress at the end of this term,” said Matthew Kochevar, Indiana Young Democrats National Committee Representative and former Visclosky intern. “Growing up in Northwest Indiana, I have seen first hand the hard work Congressman Visclosky has done to improve the quality of life for the people in his district and throughout Indiana. Visclosky serves as a great example to young Democrats of what it means to be an effective representative and voice for the people.” 


The Indiana Young Democrats are bringing speakers and panelists from across Indiana and even working with national partners like Run for Something, Rust Belt Rising, and Planned Parenthood to hold this virtual event June 20. Over 225 attendees are expected, with Pete Buttigieg, Christina Hale, and Josh Owens being one of a robust line-up of high-profile speakers and trainings.


Carson and Visclosky will address the attendees beginning at 11:30 a.m. More information about the convention is available online at the Indiana Young Democrats Convention website.



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JOSH OWENS TO SPEAK AT 2020 INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS VIRTUAL STATE CONVENTION


June 12th, 2020

Former Gubernatorial Candidate will share his story with young Hoosier Democrats

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today that Former Gubernatorial Candidate and businessman Josh Owens will speak at the 2020 Indiana Young Democrats Virtual State Convention. 

 

Owens is an entrepreneur, educator, & community activist. Former CEO of SupplyKick, a company that develops digital strategies for retailers, Josh put Hoosiers first with a minimum $50,000 salary for all team members as the company grew rapidly. Last September, he announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor. He is the first openly gay major party candidate to do so in the state’s history. Josh developed the leading plan to increase pay for all Hoosier teachers and fought for universal background checks, criminal justice reform, cannabis legalization, and climate justice.

 

“Josh Owens is new and fresh voice in our party. We are thrilled to have him join us virtually on June 20,” said Arielle Brandy, President of Indiana Young Democrats. “ After running a historic campaign committed to fighting for a better Indiana,  we  can’t wait for him to share his story and inspire young Democrats to run and win elections in our state. 

 

“The Indiana Young Democrats are the voices and leaders that will help flip Indiana blue. I’m excited to join IYD at their virtual convention and talk about the hope I saw from Hoosiers while traveling across Indiana this last year. We are ready for change and inclusive leadership that reflect the values of all Hoosiers, and the young Dems are leading the charge for the democratic party in our state.said Josh Owens.

 

Josh is a founding board member of Vote Safe Indiana, working to expand vote by mail for all Hoosiers, and the Orr Fellowship, working to keep college graduates in Indiana. Owens is married to his husband, Andy Owens. He graduated from Wabash College and earned a master’s degree at London School of Economics. He was raised in Shelbyville and previously worked at  Angie’s List and One Click Ventures. He’s also taught economics and statistics at Butler. 

 

The Indiana Young Democrats are bringing speakers and panelists from across Indiana and even working with national partners like Run for Something, Rust Belt Rising, and Planned Parenthood to hold this virtual event June 20. Over 200 attendees are expected, with Pete Buttigieg, Christina Hale, and Josh Owens being one of a robust line-up of high-profile speakers and trainings.

 

Owens will introduce the convention headliner, Pete Buttigieg during the General Session beginning at 10:00 a.m. More information about the convention is available online at the Indiana Young Democrats Convention website.

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PETE BUTTIGIEG TO HEADLINE AT 2020 INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS VIRTUAL STATE CONVENTION


June 10th, 2020


Young Dems across the state gearing up for training

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today that Former Candidate for President and Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg will headline at the 2020 Indiana Young Democrats Virtual State Convention later this month. 


The June 20 event will be IYD’s first virtual convention in its history and a chance for Buttigieg to address young people in his home state after his run for President of the United States. In April 2019 he announced his candidacy for president and in February 2020 won the Iowa Caucuses, becoming the first openly gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus.


“We are thrilled to announce that Mayor Pete will join us virtually on June 20. After running a historic campaign for President seeking to represent an unheard generation of voices, Mayor Pete can speak directly to young Democratic leaders looking to make change right now across our country,” said Arielle Brandy, President of Indiana Young Democrats, former Indiana State Director for Pete for America and South Bend native. “Mayor Pete has long been a supporter of the Indiana Young Democrats, and our organization is honored to welcome him back home for the 2020 Indiana Young Democrats State Convention, for the first time online. IYD longs for leaders like Pete who brings with him the new perspective of our generation.” 


“In every pivotal moment in our nation’s history, progress came because of young people leading movements, demanding action, and driving change in their communities. I’m honored to join the Indiana Young Democrats for their annual convention as we channel our energy into action and work to elect next-generation leaders who reflect the priorities, diversity, and experiences we need to meet the moment.”, said Pete Buttigieg.


The Indiana Young Democrats are bringing speakers and panelists from across Indiana and even working with national partners like Run for Something, Rust Belt Rising, and Planned Parenthood to hold this virtual event June 20. Over 125 attendees are expected, with Pete Buttigieg being one of a robust line-up of high-profile speakers and trainings. Last week, IYD announced that Former State Representative and Candidate for Congressional District 5, Christina Hale will also speak. 


Buttigieg will headline the General Session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the convention is available online at the Indiana Young Democrats Convention website.



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CHRISTINA HALE TO SPEAK AT 2020 INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS VIRTUAL STATE CONVENTION


June 5th, 2020


Young Dems across the state now gearing up for training

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today that Former State Representative and Candidate for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District Christina Hale will speak at the 2020 Indiana Young Democrats Virtual State Convention on June 20th. 


Christina Hale is a nonprofit leader and former State Representative of Indiana’s 87th District. After raising her son as a single mother while attending Purdue University, Christina Hale turned to public service. She is focused on lowering health care costs, preparing children for the job market, and solving problems for Hoosier families. This week, Hale won the Democratic primary and will face State Sen. Victoria Spartz in the November election. Hale was the 2016 Democratic lieutenant governor nominee, and she has already raised more than $1 million.


“Our Indiana Young Democrats continue to make it happen as they grow and amplify their efforts. I’m thrilled to join them at their virtual convention,” said Hale. “Our democracy works best when all voices are heard, and it’s critical that young Hoosiers speak up and participate in the process. I’m proud of the Indiana Young Democrats for standing up to make a difference in their communities.” 


“We are thrilled to announce that Christina Hale will join us later this month, as young Democratic Hoosiers gather to train and hear from game-changers making a difference in our state,” said Arielle Brandy, President of Indiana Young Democrats. “Christina Hale’s primary victory sets a historic mark for Latina women in this state, especially mothers aspiring to run for higher office. It shows that there is no glass ceiling that is too high to shatter and that Hoosiers are ready for bold change in the 5th Congressional district.” 


Joining Hale as a moderator is state Rep. Karlee Macer. Macer has served in the Indiana House since 2013 and serves as the assistant Democratic leader in the Indiana House of Representatives and is a ranking Democrat on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.


“The young Dems are the lifeblood of our party,” said Macer. “Your diversity, values and pursuit of a better future for us all is what pushes our party to do better and be better. Young Democrats are not just the leaders we’ll look to in the future, you’re the leaders we look to now.”


The Indiana Young Democrats are bringing speakers and panelists from across Indiana and even working with national partners to hold this virtual event June 20th. Over 100 attendees are expected, with Christina Hale being one of a robust line-up of high-profile speakers and trainings to be announced in the coming weeks. 


“After hosting the Young Democrats of America National Convention last year, the Indiana Young Democrats are ready to host the 2020 IYD State Convention for the first time virtually and bring the same level of organizing to show the Indiana GOP and Mike Pence that young Democrats are making headway in their own backyard,” said James Wells, Vice President of Indiana Young Democrats.


IYD is the premier youth-led grassroots political organization in the state of Indiana. As the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party, IYD mobilizes young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the electoral process, influence elections, promote the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develop the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders on local, state, and national levels. 


Visit indianayoungdem.org/2020convention for more information.


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Indiana Young Democrats Announces Launch of New Brand


May 11th, 2020

 

New Brand will reflect the growth of membership, expansion of chapters, and new partnerships.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced today the launch of a new brand identity and tagline. Among other changes will be a revamped logo. The rebranding signals a progressive shift in vision and strategy over the course of the previous year to the present.  


“The rebrand of Indiana Young Democrats and the appointment of our first Afro-Latina President and first Black queer Vice President signals a progressive move forward for our organization,” says Arielle Brandy, President of Indiana Young Democrats. “We are redefining Mike Pence’s backyard and representing the diversity that lives in this state.”


The rebranding is part of the organization’s strategy to evolve and create a foundation for new opportunities for its members. With an emphasis on their tagline (“Young Gets It Done”), IYD turns its attention to the fresh perspectives of the Democratic Party. The organization has already teamed up with Rust Belt Rising, aimed at identifying and supporting young, first-time candidates throughout Indiana, with a focus on manufacturing and working-class areas of the state. More partnerships are planned to be announced in the coming months. 


“The rebranding represents a progressive organization that we are building for our members and candidates,” said James Wells, Vice President of the Indiana Young Democrats. “In 2018, we helped elect four of our endorsed candidates to office. In 2019, we successfully hosted the Young Democrats of America National Convention, which brought in the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, multiple presidential candidates and campaigns, and over 1,000 attendees to our great Hoosier state.”


In all, the branding embodies an organization that is reinventing itself but is still very committed to its progressive roots and ideas. The new identity builds upon its history of young Democratic Hoosiers, from the late former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh to the former presidential candidate and Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, who has continued to champion the young, progressive cause.


“In 2019, we had approximately 120 Young Democrats put their name on the ballot across Indiana,” said Matthew Kochevar, National Committeeman of the Indiana Young Democrats. “Of the nearly 80 who made it to the general election, 41 Young Democrats won their election in November, and we doubled the number of incumbent Young Democrats at the municipal level from the start of 2019.”


IYD is the premier youth-led grassroots political organization in the state of Indiana. As the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party, IYD mobilizes young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the electoral process, influence elections, promote the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develop the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders on local, state, and national levels. 


“This is an exciting change for us and marks a strategic milestone in our future direction as a party,” said Christopher Roman, Executive Director of the Indiana Young Democrats. “While our commitment to the community we serve will not change, there is incredible potential to grow. Our new branding positions us for those opportunities.”

indiana young democrats STATEMENT ON RECENT POLICE SHOOTINGS


May 7th, 2020

 

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, a police officer from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) fatally shot Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, a United States Air Force Veteran and member of the Indianapolis community, after a car chase. Just a few hours later, 19-year-old McHale Rose was shot and killed by IMPD officers. Later that same evening, 23-year-old Ashlynn Lisby was struck by an IMPD officer who was driving to work, killing Ashlynn and her unborn child.

 

Our hearts go out to the families who lost their loved ones over the course of this tragic 8-hour period and to the black and brown communities who are constantly targeted by law enforcement at a much higher rate than other communities. The police involved deaths of Reed and Rose demonstrate the trauma that the Black community has to live with on a day-to-day basis. The killing of Ashlynn Lisby adds more mistrust of the police from the very same community. The abuse of police power in this country leads far too often to the loss of black and brown lives. The time for action is now. 

 

We stand in support of Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears’s decision to file a motion requesting a court-appointed independent prosecutor in and potential prosecution in the officer-involved shooting death of Dreasjon Reed on May 6. We further stand in support of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s request to the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to actively monitor the investigation being conducted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

 

The Indiana Young Democrats strongly condemn the misuse of power by the police and the targeting of disenfranchised communities. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and support all non-violent protests. We urge everyone protesting to continue to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

We need to unite as a community and demand justice for black lives lost while continuing the fight for better policies, procedures and dismantling the systemic racism and mistrust that exists in our criminal justice system.

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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG ADDRESSES 2019 YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS


July 18th, 2019

The potential Presidential nominee spoke to a packed crowd at the Young Democrats of America Convention

INDIANAPOLIS — The Young Democrats of America (YDA) and Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) were joined by Pete Buttigieg who addressed the 2019 Young Democrats of America Convention in Indianapolis.

 

Mayor Buttegieg was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. He is in his eighth and final year as Mayor of South Bend.

 

“They say young people are idealistic. But we’re not Democrats because of our idealism, we’re Democrats because of our reality,” said Mayor Buttigieg during his address.

 

“No matter your age, your orientation, or whether you grew up in small-town Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is showing our nation that passion, drive, and a vision of change can have a major impact in American politics,” said Derek Camp, President of the Indiana Young Democrats. “Tonight, we’re thrilled to welcome Mayor Buttigieg to the stage as he joins us at the Young Democrats National Convention. Tomorrow, we’ll keep working to harness the energy of our Indiana Young Democrats, whether they’re running for City Council or President of the United States.”

“Mayor Pete Buttigieg proves that our generation isn’t content to wait our turn when the stakes are this high,” said Kristina Contreras Fox, Young Democrats of America Vice President. “Our generation has taken down the napkin, the chain restaurant, and the diamond industry. We’ll be the ones to take down Trump,” she continued. 

 

Mayor Buttigieg was preceded by Indianapolis City-County Council candidate and young Democrat leader Keith Potts.

 

IYD is the premier youth-led grassroots political organization in the state of Indiana. As the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party, IYD mobilizes young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the electoral process, influence elections, promote the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develop the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders on local, state, and national levels.

The Young Democrats of America have over 150,000 members in 48 states and U.S. Territories. YDA’s mission is to elect Democrats, advocate for progressive issues, and train the next generation of progressive leaders. Founded in 1932, they are the largest partisan, youth-led political organization in America.

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