The Party of the Left is one of the seven parties of the Yale Political Unionand a member of the Coalition of the Left of the Yale Political Union. Founded in 2006 by individuals who sought to create rigorous dialogue and debate on the left, the Party of the Left has flourished since its founding and has become the largest party on the left in the Union.
The Party of the Left comes together each week to debate issues that divide the Left. Through thoughtful speeches and tough questions, Party members challenge and push each other intellectually. Always, the PoL asks its members to wrestle with the questions “What is the Left? And why am I on it?” Past debate resolutions include: “Resolved: Fund Food Stamps, not NASA,” “Resolved: Reject Gender,” and “Resolved: Atheism is Progress.” For a list of all the Party’s past resolutions, please see below. All are welcome to come and participate in Party debates.
The Party of the Left does not only seek to help its members develop their own personal philosophies. Always in mind is the goal of working to reinvigorate and reinvent the Left as a serious political and intellectual movement in America and in the world. The PoL looks to rebuild the Left to challenge ideological opponents both in the Yale Political Union and beyond. The Party of the Left is also unique in having an Activism Coördinator who encourages Party members to engage with other progressive groups on and off campus.
The Party of the Left is also a strong community of friends. Every Monday, PoLsters and friends can be found watching the Daily Show together in the Saybrook TV Room. Weekly Party dinners help foster informal discussions and frequent fun social events like Toasting and Games and Players’ Night serve to cement lasting friendships. In addition, the Party travels to Manhattan annually to meet with prominent figures in politics, the media, and the activism community. Previous contacts have included Matthew Bishop, ChiefBusiness Writer for The Economist, Dorothy Ehrlich, Executive Director of the ACLU, and Mark Green, the former NYC Public Advocate.
Together, the Party of the Left seeks to fulfill its mission “to develop our Members as people and leaders and to develop a new vision of the American Left.”
To find out more about who we are, you can read our constitution by clicking here.