Youth unemployment awareness bus tour fails to catch fire
The Campaign for Young America was supposed to have galvanized young Americans into pressuring Washington and civic leaders nationwide to take a stronger interest in creating jobs for young Americans using social media with a 21-state bus tour.
The Young Invincibles, a group founded by Democratic Party activists who graduated from Georgetown’s law school, coordinated the effort that bills itself as nonpartisan.
The $3 billion Michigan-based Kresge Foundation funded the tour in partnership with the Lumina Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies to the tune of $110,000.
But a cursory review of Twitter under the hashtag #YoungAmericans and the group’s website shows that its effort has largely failed due to poor participation.
When Red Alert Politics showed up to cover its bus tour at Georgetown University only five people were in attendance and the bus was 30 minutes late.
The Young Invincibles, a group founded by Democratic Party activists who graduated from Georgetown’s law school, coordinated the effort, which bills itself as nonpartisan.
The group works closely with other groups on the Left such as Campus Progress, a subsidiary of the Kresge-funded Center for American Progress and the AFL-CIO. It shares office space with the Center for Community Change, a community organizing groups responsible for the Community Reinvestment Act, which ultimately paved the subprime mortgage crisis.
It has also been active in lobbying young people on behalf of Obamacare.
Asked whether they supported the Senate student-loan bill that would increase taxes on small businesses or the House bill that would scale back Obamacare funding, Young Invincibles Policy and Research Manager Rory O’Sullivan said his group preferred raising taxes on small businesses.
O’Sullivan’s rationale was that the Obamacare cuts would mean that young people would lose freedom by having to pay for emergency room visits.
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