By: Keith Harrington: Huffington Post
In case you missed it, this past spring students at over a dozen universities and colleges across North America gathered on their campuses to lay the foundations of a new millennial-led movement for economic system change. This month, these leaders will take a good hard look at the next strategic steps for their emerging movement when they converge at New York University from July 19 – 21 for the New Economic Institute’s “reRoute: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy.”
From climate and clean-energy advocacy, to poverty and migrant rights, contemporary campuses know no shortage of organizing initiatives aimed at addressing the myriad symptoms of our ailing political-economic system. Yet despite these essential efforts, we’ve yet to see the emergence of any major initiatives focused on confronting the root cause of these symptomatic problems: the very structure of our economic system itself.
This is where the reRoute convergence comes in. Like the series of student summits that preceded it, reRoute aims to serve as a catalyst for the growth of a continent-wide network of student and youth leaders dedicated to promoting policies, practices and ideas that can transform our economy into a truly democratic, equitable and ecologically-sustainable system. Continue reading