I think most of you reading this were very heartened last fall by the protests that swept across the country in response to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others, killed by police. Those actions involved very large numbers of young people, most of whom had never gotten involved in protest before, and they were striking for how multi-national they were, with large numbers of white people uniting with black and brown.
Remember back in 2011, when the Obama administration said all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2014? Didn't happen. Then they said 2024, but that "most" would be gone by 2015. Earlier this week the public announcement was made that almost all of the 10,000 troops still there will stay... until at least 2016.