A Conversation with Jay Carney

On November 10, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Lily Sawyer-Kaplan

Jay Carney, former press secretary for President Obama’s White House, spoke at a special Dems event cohosted with the Yale Political Union. Carney discussed the transition from reporting to working from the inside, describing his experience at the White House as very community oriented. Addressing criticism that named the Administration press-hostile, Carney pointed to the […]

Monday Meeting with Jake Sullivan

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

On October 27th, Jake Sullivan, CC ’98 and former deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Clinton and Biden’s national security advisor, spoke to the Dems about his time in government and his view of the foreign policy landscape. He started off the meeting discussing his experience playing a role in major decisions at a young […]

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.