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Toward Justice: CDA Celebrates Equality

Matthew Metz Posted June 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

A Statement from CDA President Tori Taylor on yesterday's Supreme Court decisions:

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed what College Democrats across the nation have long held as common sense: every American, regardless of whom they love, deserves equal rights. College Democrats from Rhode Island to California have been fighting to bring about equality for all. We are thrilled that the Supreme Court proved Dr. King's words true: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." These two decisions, one striking down the Defense Against Marriage Act and the other enabling marriage equality in California, move our great nation closer to equality for all.

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#CDALeads: Sharing the College Dems Experience

Jonathan Dame Posted June 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

Lynette Barnett came to University of Vermont in 2005 with a slight but blossoming interest in politics. By her graduation in May 2009, she had managed a successful campaign to elect one of the youngest state legislators in the country and fallen in love with the friendly, small-town style of Vermont politics.

In the middle was the College Democrats.

Lynette is from Bakersfield, Calif., a conservative stronghold in a fiercely Democratic state, but she inherited the political views of her mother, a solid Democrat.

“I had just gotten involved with politics for the first time when I was high school,” Lynette said. “I liked what I saw and was interested in the experience, so I immediately switched to political science and got involved ...

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Students in TN and Across the Country Feel Effects of GOP Sequestration

Matthew Metz Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

It has been over three months since sequestration took effect and the GOP refused to compromise. The latest round of cuts targets students. Tennessee, for example, is soon to see the loss of “opportunity grants,” federal aid reserved for needy students, as well as a decrease in work-study programs. According to Tennessee education officials, approximately 1660 students could lose assistance from the grants and additional 720 could lose work-study positions. Some schools in the state could lose up to $100,000 of federal aid.

Christopher Jerrolds, President of the Tennessee Federation of College Democrats, is deeply upset by these impending cuts. "Being part of the 60% of students at Vanderbilt that receive financial aid, I am very concerned about the hurt that ...

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Celebrating Our History: AAPI Heritage Month

Kenzi Green Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Every year, Americans celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our great nation. CDA AAPI Caucus Chair and College Democrats of Ohio President Daniel Rajaiah shares his family's story of perseverance and success:

My parents are both first generation Americans, coming to the United States from India in the mid 1980’s. My father came to America to pursue higher education in science and research. His dream of coming to America would not have been possible without a merit-based assistantship he earned at the State University of New York. My mother’s story is slightly different. Upon arriving in America, she was fascinated by the advanced technology in computer graphics this country had to offer. She pursued a ...

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#CDALeads: Pursuing a Career in Social Change and Public Service

Matthew Metz Posted May 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

I have been interested in public service since my high school AP Government class  at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont. This class not only introduced me to government and politics from an academic standpoint, but the teacher noted my passion for the subject and encouraged me to get involved in the 2008 presidential election. Taking his advice, I went to Democracy for America, where I made my first campaign calls. From that moment on, I was hooked.

At Kenyon College, I continued my activism in Democratic politics. I joined the Kenyon College Democrats and started volunteering on behalf of local Democratic candidates and causes with the Knox County Democratic Party. During the summers, I sought internship opportunities to ...

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