Last year, Gallup poll released a survey showing that “43% of Americans say socialism would be a good thing for the country.” Now, that figure has spread to Trinity University.
On Monday, Jan 27, the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) club held their first meeting in the Storch Memorial building. In total, about 33 students—some who openly claimed to be communists—attended the meeting.
In flyers handed out during spring Club Rush, YDSA Trinity states that they are “training a new generation of socialist leaders” to build a “better, socialist world… [and] a democratic socialist future.”
Victoria Henretty, co-chair of YDSA Trinity, said she wanted to start the club after going to meetings for YDSA at UTSA. “I became super interested… [and heard] that people at Trinity were trying to start it but were graduating or had lack of motivation,” Henretty said. “I wanted to see more action on campus. I thought TProg (Trinity Progressives) wasn’t as involved as I wanted them to be and too broad to my taste.”
However, Henretty also stated that YDSA Trinity “is very open to working with a lot with student groups” and allowing TProg to handle electoral activism on campus while they handle more social activism.
In terms of goals and action that YDSA wants to take, Henretty said they want to start a divestment campaign. “We want Trinity to stop taking investment money from oil and gas,” she said. YDSA also plans to focus on activism regarding prison abolishment with respects to Aramark, ecosocialism and pushing for more health and mental care resources on campus.
At the moment, it’s unknown how the introduction of YDSA will impact political culture and activism at Trinity University but it does look like leftism is here to stay at Trinity with a newly found voice.