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 […]

Discussion with Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman

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

On February 24th, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman joined the Dems at our Monday Meeting. In a discussion of Connecticut politics, Wyman answered questions an provided insight on the current budget surplus, the state of transportation in CT, National Popular Vote, and the successful implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act.

Monday Meeting with Alyssa Rosenberg

On February 17, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On February 17th’s Monday meeting, Alyssa Rosenberg, the features editor of ThinkProgress, joined the Dems to discuss the intersection of culture and politics. She talked about her dislike for House of Cards (it sacrifices its authenticity by discounting ideology as a motivating factor for politicians) and her love for Scandal (it taps into what Americans are […]

Education: Policy and Practice Panel

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

On Monday, February 10th, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, the executive director of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and Professor Elizabeth Caroll from the Yale Education Studies Department, joined the Yale College Democrats to discuss the state of education locally and nationally. They fielded questions concerning the sudden popularity of the issue, the necessity of high-quality programs, and […]

State of the City

On February 4, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Tuesday, February 3rd, Mayor Toni Harp addressed the Board of Alders in her first State of the City. The Yale Democrats gathered to watch the speech, which framed Harp’s vision for New Haven. She described the city as “poised,” and in a position to enhance public transportation, urban development, education, and services for the […]

SOTU Watch Party

On January 30, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Tuesday, January 28th, the Dems assembled in the Calhoun Buttery to watch President Obama deliver the State of the Union address. The group cheered as the President outlined his progressive agenda for 2014, particularly as the President articulated his plans to help boost the middle class through planned Executive Actions. Afterwards, Dems President Becca […]

Internship Panel

On January 27, 2014, in Events, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

On Monday, January 27th, Maya Binyam, Eric Stern, and Rachel Miller joined the Dems to discuss their summer internship experiences. Maya spent one summer working in the Ugandan parliament and another traveling around the country interviewing queer farmers. Eric talked about interning in D.C. and his time with MP David Lammy. Through a Yale program […]