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CDA Celebrates International Women’s Day

Kenzi Green Posted March 8, 2013 at 9:06 PM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Today, as we celebrate International Women's Day 2013, CDA Women's Caucus Vice Chair Donya Nasser discusses the role of powerful women in politics and how their legacy helped to shape her own path.

In her address at the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton passionately stated, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.” This statement echoed across the world, sharing the beauty and stark truth in her words to the international community. Since then, Secretary Clinton has crafted history as an active and enthusiastic woman, enough to inspire ...

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#CDALeads: From College Dems to Town Council

Jonathan Dame Posted March 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

When Lee Storrow won election to the town council of Chapel Hill, N.C., he was 22 years old. After growing up three hours away, in Asheville, N.C., Lee came to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina, where he found his niche in the College Democrats.

“When I got to UNC I was looking to involve myself in some type of progressive organization, and I worked with a couple different organizations at UNC,” Lee said. “But I really found my home with the College Democrats.”

By his senior year, Lee was the president of the UNC Chapel Hill College Democrats and the political director of the College Democrats ...

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CDA Rundown: What You Need to Know About Sequestration

Matthew Metz Posted March 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

On August 2, 2011, the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law. Among the numerous provisions, Congress included a deficit reduction clause in the hope of forcing bipartisan cooperation for the subsequent times the issue would be considered. In specific, the “sequestration clause” mandated that if Congress failed to pass a deficit reduction totaling $1.2 trillion by the start of 2013, across the board cuts would be implemented between the years of 2013 and 2021. As Republicans yet again demonstrated an unwillingness to compromise on Friday, the cuts have begun. No one will be spared from these cuts; they pose a grave threat to our economy and our national security. The cuts will be especially harmful to college ...

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CDA Celebrates Black History Month

Kenzi Green Posted February 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Every February, College Democrats across the country celebrate the incredible contributions made to our nation's history by black Americans. CDA Black Caucus Chair CJ Jackson and Vice Chair Milton R. Patch III commemorate Black History Month 2013 by reflecting on the progress made by the President in his first term.

During his second inauguration, President Obama proclaimed, “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.” African Americans have struggled for equality, working to make our country truly the land of the free, only to be looked over by government ...

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#CDALeads: Staying Blue in a Red State

Kenzi Green Posted February 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Ever feel like you're facing an uphill battle? Are you a proud Democrat in GOP territory? Fear not, College Dems! With hard work and great leadership, you can do your part to bring much-needed change to your communities and your state government. Erik Lundstrom, President of the Arizona College Democrats and his fellow College Dems have worked hard to make big changes in the Southwest.

It isn't always easy being a Democrat in Arizona. Our state legislature and governor are always in the news with a new piece of crazy, right-wing legislation, like when they made the date of conception two weeks before the actual act, enforced racial profiling, or even attempted to require religious oaths as a requirement for a ...

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