Monday Meeting with Dean Esserman

On October 13, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

“Last night in America, the body count was about 30-40. It was zero in Afghanistan” New Haven Chief of Police Dean Esserman opened the October 13th Monday Meeting on a sober note, putting media’s attention in perspective. He commented on the lack of moral outrage towards the state of violence in America. President Becca Ellison […]

Monday Meeting featuring Jodi Kantor

On September 29, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

Jodi Kantor, bestselling author of The Obamas and New York Time Correspondent, spoke at our Monday Meeting on September 29 2014.  She discussed her relationship to the Obamas in the current media moment, saying ”what feel creative to me feels invasive by a president.” In response to President Becca Ellison’s question about Michelle Obama’s engagement with politics, […]

Panel: The Intersection of Religion and Politics

On September 23, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Monday, September 22nd, the Dems hosted a panel titled The Intersection of Religion and Politics. Rabbi Leah Cohen from Slifka, Rev. Bonita Grubbs, Director of Christian Community Action, and Corey Saylor, the National Legislative Director at the Council on American-Islamic relations spoke as part of the panel. Corey Saylor discussed his work at CAIR, saying […]

Monday Meeting with Mayor Toni Harp

On September 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Monday, September 15th, Mayor Harp spoke at the Dems Monday Meeting for the first time. She discussed ways in which Yalies can get involved in New Haven, citing community service through Dwight Hall and internships in the city government as excellent examples. She described her vision for her term in office and fielding questions […]

Malloy kicks off elections season

On September 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

Governor Dan Malloy joined the Yale College Dems at our first Monday Meeting on September 8th. State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield and State Representative Robyn Porter opened the meeting. For many attendees, that was their first introduction to the Dems and Connecticut politics. Malloy spoke about the importance of political engagement in CT this election season. He […]

Dems get fired up at Clinton-Malloy rally

On September 2, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Tuesday, September  2nd, President Bill Clinton joined Connecticut lawmakers including Mayor Tony Harp, Senator Chris Murphy, and Senator Richard Blumenthal to fire up Connecticut residents and rally supporters behind Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. 30 members of the Yale College Democrats attended, and left the rally ready to launch a strong, […]

Dems clean up Beaver Pond Park

On April 21, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Saturday, April 19th, a group of Dems gathered for our first community service project. Organized by Vice President Ray Noonan, the Dems traveled to Beaver Pond Park in West Haven to help with spring clean up. We erected a sign and picked up trash along the river with the assistance of other New Haven […]

Politics of the Supreme Court with Linda Greenhouse

On April 14, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

Last week the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Linda Greenhouse joined us at our Monday Meeting to discuss the politics of the Supreme Court. She talked about the areas in which the Court has most recently been playing a major role: campaign finance, voting rights, and gay rights.

Immigration Panel

On April 1, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

The Dems hosted a panel on immigration on Monday, March 31st. Nicole Hallet of Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, Megan Fountain from Unidad Latina en Accion, and three ULA members currently fighting their deportations spoke to the group. Fountain translated for the ULA members who detailed episodes of racism, violence, and encounters with […]

Meeting with Matt Yglesias

On March 26, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On March 26th the Dems hosted Matt Yglesias, a premier political and economy blogger, at our weekly Monday meeting. He was recently named the executive editor of, a new media venture started by Ezra Klein. He talked about  his vision for the site along with sharing insight into his career, from blogging from his […]