Sunday, June 28, 2009

An Open Question

A few days ago, Katie Naranjo and Jamarr Brown launched their campaign website for President and Vice President, respectively, of College Democrats of America. The CDA Constitution requires that the President and Vice President be of opposite sexes?. My question is: what happens if one of the two is transgendered/transsexual? The Democratic Party is supposed to support people of any sexuality, but how do we as a party determine a person's sex?

Friday, June 12, 2009

In coalition with PSJ and Anti-War

If you are around the Bronx, there is a protest taking place tomorrow at Fordham Road. This is happening in response to Senator Pedro Espada's switch to the Republican Party that is really make things crazy in the Bronx political scene. If you are around tomorrow, this is an important thing to be involved in as a member of the community.

Protest Senator Pedro Espada's
Betrayal of Bronx Residents
Friday, June 12, at 11:30 a.m.
400 E. Fordham Road

In front of Senator Espada's empty "District Office"

By joining with the Senate Republicans, Espada ensures the defeat of an important bill that would have protected tenants and affordable housing in New York!

Bronx tenants are likely to face serious challenges finding stable, safe, and affordable housing. Recently, Bronx tenants and their allies had been hopeful that a Democratic controlled State Senate would pass important legislation that would help protect tenants and preserve affordable apartments. This legislation would have been especially important in Senator Espada's district, which has 77,000 rent-regulated apartments, the majority of which are occupied by Latino and working class families.

In handing the State Senate over to Republican Leadership, Pedro Espada has directly halted legislation, which would have protected all 77,000 of those rent regulated apartments in his district, and all over New York City.

Tenants and other constituents of Senator Espada's district are also angry by the disregard that their Senator has shown them by failing to open an office in his district where he can offer services to the constituents he claims to represent. This is particularly offensive, given that it is well known that Senator Espada lives in the wealthy suburb of Mamaroneck, far outside of his Bronx district.

Tenants are offended by the fact the Pedro Espada is falsely claiming to
act in the name of his constituents and of Latino empowerment. Instead of fighting to pass legislation to support his tenant-heavy district, he
fought to take power for himself!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Register for the 2009 CDA National Convention!

Hey College Dems!

If your haven't registered for this year's College Democrats of America Convention from July 23-26th in Washington, DC, you're in luck! The deadline for early registration--only $50-- has been extended through June 15th.

This year's convention will feature the election of the new CDA executive board, several political trainings, speakers from across the Democratic political world, and even a trip to a Nationals' baseball game! Whether you're already interning in Washington or coming from across the country, this year's CDA Convention is a great opportunity to get more involved in Democratic politics and meet some amazing people!

Remember, early registration lasts until June 14th-- so check out right now and click on the right side "CDA Convention 2009" tab to register, check out the agenda, and read the FAQs.

See you there!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

College Dems: Help out on a NYC citywide campaign this summer!

Dear Democrats:

The campaign season this year is heating up, and Democrats in New York need your help. If you're registered to vote in New York City, here's your chance to get involved in competitive races, build up your resume with on-the-ground experience on some of the largest elections in the country this year, and help Democrats get on the ballot in local elections. We are looking for campaign workers who would enjoy being a part of something fun and exciting, and at the same time bring commitment, dedication, and eagerness to political campaigns.
As you may already know, this time of the campaign cycle is crucial for candidates in citywide elections. In order to get on the ballot, a candidate must first collect a specific number of petition signatures by a given deadline. We need your help getting signatures. The first two weeks of petitioning are extremely important, and starting Tuesday, June 9th, candidates for every office in the city will begin collecting these signatures.
One candidates in particular is looking towards College Democrats in order to help collect petitions: Melinda Katz
The Melinda Katz for Comptroller campaign is offering concerned citizens and voters a wonderful opportunity to join and contribute to an elite team of highly talented individuals who are working together to help the candidate become New York City Comptroller.  As Land Use Chair in the New York City Council, Melinda funded 90,000 units of affordable housing, protected more than 7,500 New York City blocks in historic neighborhoods from development, built new schools in all five boroughs of New York City and created tens of thousands of jobs.

Now Melinda is running for New York City Comptroller, where she will use the resources of that office to guarantee Federal stimulus dollars free up credit and create jobs, as opposed to fattening the bonuses of Wall Street executives. For local companies that are profitable but struggling under unsustainable debt racked up in periods of easy credit, she will tap pension funds as a source of capital while restructure their balance sheets in order to return them to viability.

If you want to volunteer or intern on this exciting campaign, please contact the campaign by emailing Josh at . Also, if you know anyone who may also be willing to help, please do not hesitate to invite them to be a part of the campaign and give them Josh's contact information.
To learn more about Melinda Katz, visit her website at

College Democrats of Fordham University

If you're in the NYC

Hello All-
Happy Summer everyone!
I hope everyone is off to a restful vacation. Firstly, I wanted to thank you for all of your work this past school year. Fordham Dems has really improved and it's all due to you. We have some amazing things planned for next semester including a big speaker of our own.
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know of the volunteer opportunties for those of you in the New York City region. As you know from my various plugs throughout the semesters, I work for Speaker Quinn of the New York City Council. She is currently running for relection in her district (Manhattan 3rd). If you have some free time and would like some campaign experience with some wonderful people, please think about the Quinn 2009 campaign. A couple of us helped out at an event a few weeks ago and they really like Fordham students and are completely flexible with days and times. If you are interested, you can email Nick at Hope to see you there. Have a great summer and please keep in touch!
The campaign will be marching in the Queens Pride parade this Sunday, information is below:THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 7th 















Please join Speaker Christine C. Quinn in celebrating Queens Pride 2009!


Where: The parade starts at 89th Street and 37th Avenue and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street.


When: Sunday, June 7, 2009 @ 11:00 a.m.


March begins: 12:00 p.m. sharp


RSVPVisit the following web site to RSVP: Or call Erik Bottcher at (212) 788-5646.


Please meet us at 11:00 a.m. at 89th Street and 37th Avenue. Erik Bottcher will be reachable on his cell phone at (917) 406-0269.




By public transportation, take the #7 subway train to the "74th Street - Broadway" station. The parade starting point is one block from the subway.


By car, the nearest expressway is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. From either direction, you get off at the "Broadway/Roosevelt Ave" exit ramp. Then drive up Broadway 3 blocks to the intersection of 37th Road & Broadway to reach the festival. The parade route is one block away from the festival on 37th Avenue between 75th and 89th Streets

College Democrats of Fordham University

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Personality Attacks

The other day, I came across an acquaintance's Facebook account. I saw the this person was a member of a group for people that cannot stand Bono. I looked at the group's message board and there were no explanations of why they dislike the rockstar. The closest to a reason I ever came across was a dislike of his demeanor. (One person quipped "what is the difference between God and Bono? God does not go around acting like Bono.") I do not believe that that is an adequate reason to hate a person.

Why do I tell this story? I have noticed this same criticism in politics (on both sides of the aisle). Critics of individual politicians typically do not criticize policies (though that happens often enough); instead, they criticize how they play to the crowds. People will say that they act too much like a celebrity, become too emotional, act too professional, act too informal, and so on. However, recall that people act differently in different situations (for example: talking to your best friend versus talking to a supervisor). Not to mention, everybody's personality is different. When people criticize personalities, they are, in fact, making character attacks. Unfortunately, all is fair in love, war, and politics.