Young Democrats of America Convention Recap

By Kristian Carranza Thompson, San Antonio Regional Coordinator

This year’s Young Democrats of America convention was hosted last weekend in Dallas. Members from across the country, with representatives from each state and province, came together and learn how to better organize our communities, advocate for change, and elect YDA leadership. Battleground Texas field staff was there to listen and learn best practices from our fellow young Democrats.

There was a long list of panels throughout the 6-day convention. Each panel touched on different campaign organizing strategies, from Rural Organizing to Latino Organizing. Representatives from organizations like Black Lives Matter, Voto Latino, and Emerge America led trainings that YDA members can take back and incorporate into our communities.

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We also saw Battleground Texas alum Cliff Walker, Candidate Recruitment & Campaign Services Director for the Texas Democratic Party!

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From Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Secretary Julian Castro to Christine Pelosi and Michael Blake, the guest speakers inspired and engaged Young Dems, reminding them that not so long ago they too attended their own YDA conventions.

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The convention was a great networking experience, and Team Battleground Texas made lots of friends along the way.

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Do all the good you can for as long as you ever can,

-Kristian