The Yale College Democrats works to protect and further progressive values at Yale, in Connecticut, and beyond.
"[The] common room of Yale's Branford College... is becoming a regular stop on the campaign trail for candidates seeking statewide office." -New Haven Independent, February 16, 2010
We campaign for candidates who will stand up for progressive values on the local, statewide, and national levels. In the past, we have helped elect New Haven Ward 1 Alder Sarah Eidelson, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and President Obama. Currently, we're gearing up to support Hillary Clinton and other candidates in the 2016 election cycle!
We run issue campaigns, communicate with state legislators, and travel to Hartford to testify on behalf of legislation that promotes equality and justice for all. Our efforts were critical to repealing the death penalty in Connecticut, mandating that all colleges and universities in our state have affirmative consent policies, and in closing a loophole that allowed rapists to claim parental rights.
Every Monday evening, we host speakers from a variety of reputable progressive organizations, campaigns, publications, and government bureaus to promote political dialogue on campus. During the 2015-2016 school year, Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson (pictured above), Governor Malloy, and former National Security Advisor to President Obama Tom Donilon. Stay tuned to see who'll be joining us in the upcoming semester!