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DNC Unveils Voter Expansion Project

Annie Kehler Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director

The Democratic Party has a mission when it comes to voting: that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. This seems simple, but Republicans have very different ideas for the future of the democratic process. They have decided that if they can’t win with fair and equal polling practices, they’ll work the system to get the results they desire.

Restrictive voter ID laws have been passed in Texas, Alabama, Arizona and Kansas, in order to keep eligible voters from the polls. They’ve restricted early voting periods in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina. They’ve even gone to outrageous lengths like suing their states to stop online voter registration.

Their goals ...

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Apply to the College Leadership Academy!

Jamie Zieno Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

The Young Democrats of America and College Democrats of America recently announced the first annual college leadership academy, a 5 day program in Washington D.C. from July 13-17. The program will be modeled after YDA’s annual high school leadership academy, which I attended in 2011. This is an exciting opportunity for College Democrats to meet national leaders, participate in important trainings, and tour the nation’s capital.

In 2011, I came to the high school leadership academy somewhat skeptical and left with memories that will last a lifetime. Last year’s high school leadership academy attendees met Senator Elizabeth Warren, Governor Martin O’Malley and Representative Nancy Pelosi just to name a few.

The leadership academy was not only informative, but also very fun. We ...

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State Spotlight: College Democrats of Tennessee

helmkea Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM
by ,

The College Democrats of Tennessee have hit the ground running this school year. They have started off the year hard at work developing a better statewide organization with the Tennessee Young Democrats and the Tennessee Democratic Party to make sure student voters are a priority.

Christopher Jerrolds, Chair of the College Democrats of Tennessee, notes that he is “most proud that we have started to unite the chapters across the state to form a more unified voice for advancing our concerns. Realigning our organization with the TN Young Democrats to form a stronger partnership is just one example of how CDTN is making positive steps in turning the tide in Tennessee.”

They are focusing on building their membership base ...

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College Democrats Stand With President Obama, Ready To Fight For Progressive Priorities

Matthew Metz Posted January 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM
by , Director, College Democrats of America Alumni Association

Tonight, the College Democrats of America congratulates President Obama for outlining a bold progressive vision in his fifth State of the Union address. “President Obama has always stood up for progressive values, and tonight was no exception,” said Taylor Barnard, CDA president. “The President has put the issues that matter to Americans front and center, from raising the minimum wage to lowering the cost of college to making sure that nobody can be discriminated against because of where they’re from or who they love.” As the President said tonight, 2014 must be a year of action, and College Democrats across the country stand ready to fight for change with the President. “The President has an long record of accomplishment-from resolving ...

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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 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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