Statistics do not tell our story. Our sheer numbers don’t tell you anything about our experiences. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, races and distinctions creates an even more diverse context in which we live and make decisions. Our sacrifices of leaving our home countries unify all of us with one similar story.Read more
Make no mistake, the Charleston shooting is about anti-blackness in the United States. The Charleston shooter* is today’s manifestation of centuries of racism that have been cultivated in the United States. He and the 5,000 active Klu Klux Klan members in the United states are proof of this racism, as are our segregated communities and schools, our criminal justice system, and our wealth distribution. We will reject any narrative that suggests that the shooter was a mentally ill, lone actor. He is part of a system of violence towards Black Americans. This system has been upheld by various people, policies, and narratives over timeRead more
PRESS RELEASE: Official Statement by the CDM Executive Board on the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling Legalizing Marriage Equality
On June 26, 2015, The Supreme Court of the United States declared the legalization of marriage equality across all 50 states. Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to marry, and the College Democrats of Massachusetts Executive released the following statement on the Supreme Court's declaration of nationwide marriage equality.Read more
The first Pride march in the United States was held on June 28, 1970 and covered 51 blocks, from Christopher Street to Central Park in New York, to commemorate the Stonewall Riots the year before. The parade, though fully legal, ended early because marchers walked too quickly, both out of excitement for their movement and out of fear for violence against them.
We’ve come so far since that first event. This year, Pride parades across the country celebrate how different states and cities have joined the LGBTQA+ community in their own unique ways. At our very own Boston Pride last weekend, CDM members marched with Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Senator Ed Markey, in partnership with MassEquality, for a great cause and the turnout was amazing. It was exciting to see many young and enthusiastic progressives, including CDM Vice President Brian Hough, Communications Director Scarlett Ho, and Social Media Coordinator Tyler Shelepak represent young Democrats from around Massachusetts in the parade.Read more
Bill Gates once said “I’m a great believer in any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the freedoms that they’re interested in.” In today’s political landscape, communication in any form, from social media to infographics, is crucial to enacting change that accurately reflects the will of the people. Any political organization would be crippled without the ability to communicate, and the College Democrats of Massachusetts is no different. Our organization serves as the hub of progressive thought for an entire Commonwealth of college students, so we simply must have a way to share our ideas, promote causes that we are passionate about, and connect with the broader national community of Democrats. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we introduce those who will fulfill this mission - our ‘15-’16 Communications Team.Read more
The College Democrats of Massachusetts recently voted to endorse MA Senate Bill 650, which would mandate all MA colleges and universities to conduct a climate survey regarding sexual assault on campus. Senator William Brownsberger’s proposed Bill 650 would create 1) awareness of how each school community handles/view sexual assault, and 2) accountability on the part of school administrators. The bill would require schools to release their survey results, which is vital if we are to learn about issues faced by local schools and get a sense of where work must be done. Without this mandate schools lack the incentive to report sexual assault, prioritizing their image over the safety of their students. Bill 650 removes this stigma and would enable schools to better understand sexual assault as it pertains to their respective campuses, and thus aid them in creating pathways for progress. Furthermore, a publicized survey means that schools can no longer bury sexual assault and shirk their responsibility to provide resources and care for survivors.Read more
Dear Governor Baker,
As you know, on November 25 of last year Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an Executive Order #552 on Environmental Justice which decrees that state agencies designate resources to protect the health, safety and environment for the most vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth. It recognizes that low-income communities, communities of color and communities with limited English-proficiency live in areas with greater exposure to environmental health hazards.
The mad frenzy that comes to characterize election season has at long last come to a close, and the College Democrats of Massachusetts look to join Democrats and Republicans across the Commonwealth in moving forward this spring with the goal of working to keep Massachusetts squarely in the leadership business.Read more