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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