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This Country’s Sexual Assault Epidemic is Personal: My Story

Natasha McKenzie Posted January 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM
by , National Vice President, College Democrats of America

My name is Natasha Mckenzie, I’m your National Vice President of College Democrats of America, and I am a survivor of sexual assault.

Today, I woke up to the news that President Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses. After shedding a tear, I felt the need to step up and break my silence. There are too many young men and women experiencing sexual assault in this day in age for me to stay silent. Sexual assault is a subject that is blanketed by shame, with many young women like me feeling ashamed and blaming ourselves for the heinous actions of another person.

I wish my story was unique, yet in todays society I share a similar ...

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Matthew Metz Posted January 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

Today we celebrated one of the world’s most inspirational Americans, Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King’s life work has gone on to have an incredible impact on the lives of everyday Americans. He was a prominent leader of The American Civil Rights Movement, which tore down racial barriers and paved the way towards equality.

Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr., standing in our nation’s capitol, proclaimed, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

On that day in Washington, a mission was put forth in our great nation, a mission that ...

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CDA Leads: Ruy Laredo

Laura Epstein Posted January 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

Ruy Laredo, a senior at University of California – Davis, is an exemplary College Democrat who has taken initiative on projects important to Democrats and stepped up to leadership on a local, statewide, and national level.

Though his family was always politically engaged, Ruy, a native of California, initially got involved in politics through a high school project his senior year where he examined minority voters in the 2008 election.

Given his interest in politics, it was only natural that he check out a UC Davis College Democrats meeting when he got to campus; he became very involved. During his first months, Ruy started a project to reach out to Hispanic voters. It was a huge success! During Ruy’s time on Executive Board, ...

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The Real Victims

Matthew Metz Posted January 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

The following is a statement from New Jersey College Democrats Vice President Michael Tucker

This morning, Governor Chris Christie attempted to make himself a victim of the ever growing ‘Bridge-gate’ scandal. He claims he was mislead by senior staff that run his office, and that he knew nothing about it until yesterday’s extraordinary release of documents that point the finger at his Administration. With his reputation at stake, as well as the specter of a doomed 2016 before it even began, he quickly fired his Deputy Chief of Staff, his former campaign manager, and hinted at further house cleaning. There is an important thing to remember, though; he is not a victim.

If not him, who was? What about those who were ...

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A People That Stands Together: Unemployment Insurance

Laura Epstein Posted January 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

Today, President Obama addressed the American people about unemployment insurance, stating, “We make this promise to our fellow Americans who are working hard to get back on their feet because when times get tough, we are not a people who say you're on your own, we're people who believe that we're all in it together.” He reminded us how important it is for Congress to reinstate unemployment insurance, which ended right after Christmas.

Democrats have been standing with those who lost their benefits. It is time for Republicans in Congress to do the same and extend benefits. Today, GOP Senators took the first step by joining with Democrats to bring the bill to the floor. The debate, however, has only ...

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