NYC youth living in the decline of US empire - we have never known an airport without TSA, we see military recruiters in our schools, JROTC, we live in conditions of constant surveillance. Violence is a constant, it’s easy to become desensitized. Syria, Gaza, it’s like violence is the norm, these conditions can seem inevitable. Our media and video games are full of ‘bad guys’ from the Muslim world. Destruction of colonialist and neocolonialist states feels like the starting point we need. Even if we are not sure about what to do next we look forward to carrying this discussion forward at Left Forum.