Editor's Note
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
     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?


     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
     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.