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

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

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 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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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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