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Growing the Student Movement: Why it has to be #HereUsNow

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for some time now.

I get to join hundreds of young people – student activists, organizers, allies, and other international movement leaders – for the 2012 National Student Power Convergence in Columbus, Ohio.

I don’t know about you but I’m tired sick and tired of hearing from “experts” about the problems facing our generation, especially when they’re not even trying to engage us in the conversation (much less in coming up with solutions to these problems).

This is why the National Student Power Convergence will be so important. It’s our chance to share ideas, and tackle big problems. By comparing strategies and tactics we can journey to build a collective vision on major issues we care about, while providing safe spaces that take into account the diversity of our generation. We should really be calling the convergence International. Activists from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Quebec will be there too, engaging with other young leaders on how they’ve shaped the political landscape in their respective countries, share movement notes, and swap organizing toolboxes that may prove useful in the youth movement we’re trying to build right here on American soil.

I’m also excited to have a voice at the table with some DREAMers, to talk about immigration issues in the United States. Everyone should care about immigration reform, regardless of their immigration status, which is why I will discuss why it’s crucial for non-traditional young stakeholders to step up and take a place at the fore on this issue.

To learn more about the Student Power Convergence, visit their website, and be sure to check out Campus Progress for coverage on the event. You can also follow along with me and the other attendees who will be live tweeting the gathering by following the hashtag #HereUsNow.

Eduardo Garcia is advocacy manager at Campus Progress. Follow him @itseddie.

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