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Alumni Spotlight: Congressman Eric Swalwell

Natasha McKenzie Posted March 22, 2015 at 3:57 PM
by , National President, College Democrats of America

CDA President Natasha McKenzie went to Capitol Hill to interview Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) for our Alumni Spotlight series. Rep. Swalwell is not only one of the youngest Members of the U.S. House of Representatives-- he’s one of its hardest working. He talks about the importance of hard work, millennial involvement and shares his favorite memories of College Democrats.

 

Q. What was your experience with College Democrats, and how has the organization helped you get to where you are today?

A. With College Democrats, you learn a lot about organizing. You learn to knock on doors and make phone calls. I learned a lot from campaigns. Campaigns give you the chance to learn from your mistakes and perfect your skills. ...

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Student Aid Bill of Rights

Annie Kehler Posted March 11, 2015 at 3:08 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director

Yesterday, President Obama announced the Student Aid Bill of Rights, aimed at helping students be able to obtain a higher education with minimal struggle and financial stress from loans.

The Student Aid Bill of Rights maintains that every student deserves access to a quality, affordable education at a college that’s cutting costs and increasing learning and should be able to access the resources needed to pay for college. Additionally, every borrower has the right to an affordable repayment plan and the right to quality customer service, reliable information, and fair treatment, even if they struggle to repay their loans.

Following President’s Obama’s announcement of his Student Aid Bill of Rights, Natasha McKenzie, President of the College Democrats of America, released the following statement:

"Once again, ...

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#CDALeads: Engaging Youth in Politics

Annie Kehler Posted February 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director

Anne Olsen, Sociology Education major with a minor in Political Science Education at Weber State University, has used her role as a leader both inside and outside of College Democrats to engage young voters across the state of Utah.

Olsen originally got involved in College Democrats after an internship with Utah Votes, that pointed her to Utah’s State Federation. She was elected as Secretary of College Democrats of Utah, and has spent much of her time working to grow a new Chapter at Weber State.

In her work with high schools students, Olsen has found that politicians often focus only on those over 18, forgetting that high school students will be part of the voting population in 1-4 years. Anne has worked ...

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CDA Response to the State of the Union

Annie Kehler Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:54 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director

Tonight, President Obama delivered his 6th State of the Union speech to the American people. In response, College Democrats of America President Natasha McKenzie released the following statement.

During tonight’s State of the Union, Barack Obama laid out a vision for an economy that grows from the middle-class out, and makes sure the playing field is level for all Americans – especially young people.

He’s already got a record to be proud of…

-Passed the Affordable Care Act, that has helped decrease the uninsured rate for 19 to 25 year olds and all Americans, led to a significant drop in how much young people were paying out of pocket for medical care, and helped 3 million young adults stay on their parents’ insurance.

-The Administration's Pay As You Earn Program is helping ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Jamarr Brown

Matthew Metz Posted January 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM
by , Director, College Democrats of America Alumni Association

Countless great Democrats have been a part of CDA over the years. This year, we are excited to be re-launching the College Democrats of America Alumni Association (CDAAA) to give all graduates a continued voice. This is the first post in a series where are spotlighting our alumni. Do you know a CDA alum who is doing great work? Let CDAAA Director Matthew Metz know at metzm@collegedems.com.

Clemson University alumnus Jamarr Brown first joined College Democrats in 2006. He became both a state and national leader, which helped to fuel his passion for political strategy. Jamarr has made his mark in the Democratic Party as a leading political strategist and political trainer.

Jamarr got his start in College Democrats when he attended ...

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