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, and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Currently, we're gearing up to support the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in the fall of 2016.
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, and we're currently fighting to extend rights to undocumented students and to make affirmative consent a reality in all Connecticut universities.
Every Monday evening, we host speakers from a variety of reputable progressive organizations, campaigns, publications, and government bureaus to promote political dialogue on campus. In fall 2015, some of our speakers included Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson (pictured above), Governor Malloy, and Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel. Stay tuned to see who'll be joining us in spring 2016!