Solutions from a Dissed Generation This issue of CrossRoads is the magazine's third special volume addressing young people in the struggle for liberation. There have been two previous editions (CrossRoads No. 21, May, 1992, and No. 34, September 1993) that have taken up youth in the movement. We wish to thank those who have preceded us. Humbly, we hope we have been able to do their work justice. This work as a whole is an attempt to offer solutions on a wide range of topics. All of the writers in "Solutions from a Dissed Generation" are young adults who are working, attending classes and/or committing a large chuck of their time to one or more issues they view as important to building a cohesive, responsible, creative left agenda. Each of the writers were asked to offer the best solutions that they could think of to address the problems they present here. As guest editors, we found ourselves grappling not only with the materials we had at our disposal, but with those we did not. For example, we wanted to address many more issues than just the ones presented here. In our dream of the perfect edition we include issues ranging from environmental racism, the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it affects youth, the media depiction's of apathetic youth, the criminalization of young people, the subversion of youth's culture by capital and many more indicators of the perils we face. Along the foray of uneasy hope, we found ourselves stumbling across even more quandaries. At an editors' meeting, as we hashed out the details of this edition, we remarked on the lack of trust the movement has been able to foster; we wondered if our generation could do better; we asked ourselves about the deprivation of our collective humanity; we pondered the real possibilities of revolution; we found ourselves encapsulated by the problematics of the terms: youth, young people, Generation X, young adults. Yet to some extent what we were really wrestling with was our sense of what it means when we struggle. What would each of us be doing if we were not doing this work? What do we gain when we take on the system? Does this really make a difference? We all agreed, however, that beyond our self- examination are the lives we affect and effect. What will they say about us? BREADTH OF OUR ASPIRATIONS The following synopsis of the enclosed pieces cannot begin to tell the reader what each of the writers have so poignantly brought forth. We hope that you will not only read this work with a critical eye, but with a commitment to discuss your thoughts with us. It is invariably not the words which are presented that need to be expanded upon, but your own reaction as a young person, an experienced leftist and/or an individual, who creates her or his own identity in and through this labor of love. The package opens with Nari Rhee's piece on young women and girls, the subtle and not so subtle sexism that permeates the consciousness of even the most politically advanced work surrounding youth issues. Nathan Newman and Anders Schneiderman then discuss the progressive community's failure to democratize the left because of insidious competition for funding; thus, the voice of young people is once again drowned in a rabid sea of internal left-wing competition. Gehan Perera, writing on youth and the labor movement, addresses the economy as the underpinning to many of the problems young people face today. This May Day piece guides the reader into negated space, that should not be ignored by young activists who really want to aim at the obdurate heart of capitalism. The lessons we need to learn from the past, our own as well as previous generations, are annals that we should constantly refer to if we are not to repeat history at the expense of others. Reflecting back while moving us forward towards what still can be done is Anthony "Van" Jones' article on lessons from the Haitian Refugee Campaign -- a campaign that forced Clinton to end the deportation of HIV/AIDS positive Haitian refugees. Chris Daly and Steve Williams follow with a discussion of the issue of National Service, reminding us that the problems we face today, and their solutions, are often disguised in benevolent dressing. Their article elucidates the insidiousness of Clinton's National Service Corporation. Closing up, while following up, is a piece on the Chicano Student Movement by Robin Templeton and Verónica Sánchez. Theirs is an article that brings the energies of our peers to life, even at the lowest moments when the weight of the work is equal to the breadth of our aspirations. For the people, Aimie Gresham, Tahan Jones, Nari Rhee Aimie Gresham, 26, is an intern at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Tahan Jones is a 24-year-old community activist who was a GI resister during the Gulf War. Nari Rhee, 22, is a student at San Francisco State University and writes about women's economic issues for Equal Means, a journal published by the Ms. Foundation.