Who is Ulysses Carter?
Ulysses was was born in Northern Virginia and moved around there, Winchester Virginia, and West Virginia. His family comes from French-Canadian descent, and a long line of sharecroppers, his father being the last generation to live on the land his ancestors did. His great Uncle Fred, over 70 years old, still works that same land.
Ulysses dedicated his life to organizing after August 12th, when fascists came to Charlottesville, Virginia and he responded in defense of his community and state. On that day he was peppersprayed and personally witnessed the beating of Deandre Harris firsthand. Deandre was adamant about not being photographed at first, and Ulysses clearly recalls helping to form a wall around him to keep out the cameras. Being a white passing person of biracial decent, he has seen throughout his life the privilege he is granted which is not to his darker skinned relatives due to the arbitrary prevalence of his mothers genes rather than his fathers.
Ulysses has worked tirelessly to build a powerful leftist, antifascist, and antiracist presence on his campus. He has been instrumental in growing his chapter, and launched numerous campaigns on his campus.
Throughout the first semester of YDSA at VCU's existence, he has fostered the following campaigns:
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
Ulysses has been instrumental in growing his chapter from the original small group of sectarians to a large, effective group of individuals building coalitions with other progressive organizations on campus to fight VCU's aggressive gentrification campaign and reckless spending. His agitative writing and outreach abilities has been what made his local chapter.
Ulysses is a proficient mechanic, and uses his knowledge to service and repair poor people's cars as part of the program he built with YDSA @ VCU called the Richmond Public Garage. Inspired by DSA Brake Light Clinics, the Garage is an example of the outreach and mutual aid programming he hopes to build within YDSA at the national level.