Amherst College Democrats

Amherst College Democrats The Amherst College Democrats are the official representative body of the Democratic Party at Amherst College.

The AC Dems are excited to see who is going to win the Iowa Caucuses tonight! And we can't wait to put in the work to su...
02/04/2020

The AC Dems are excited to see who is going to win the Iowa Caucuses tonight! And we can't wait to put in the work to support whoever wins the nomination

The results from Kentucky and Virginia today show that when we organize and fight, we win. Congrats to Governor-elect Be...
11/06/2019

The results from Kentucky and Virginia today show that when we organize and fight, we win. Congrats to Governor-elect Beshear and the new Democratic Majorities in VA! We can’t wait to see all the progress you’ll bring!

A mammoth thank you to Congressman Jim McGovern and Ro Khanna for a great town hall tonight! Glad that ACDems Harry and ...
10/25/2019

A mammoth thank you to Congressman Jim McGovern and Ro Khanna for a great town hall tonight! Glad that ACDems Harry and Hayley could get a photo with the two of you too (and with UDems friends like Tim and Carla!)

So proud of all the ACDems members who led today’s #ClimateStrike. Olivia and Cole, thank you for all your work! And tha...
09/27/2019

So proud of all the ACDems members who led today’s #ClimateStrike. Olivia and Cole, thank you for all your work! And thank you to all the Amherst students who came out to show that our generation will not sit by in the face of the climate crisis. #FridaysforFuture #StrikeForClimate

When young people are engaged and turn out to vote, we can truly make a difference. We’re going to work in 2020 to make ...
09/19/2019
Exclusive Analysis: College Student Voting Doubled in 2018

When young people are engaged and turn out to vote, we can truly make a difference. We’re going to work in 2020 to make sure that these numbers keep going up!

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Sept. 19, 2019)—College-student voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, marking a watershed election year for student voter turnout, according to a report today from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts ...

ACDems had a great time yesterday at the NHDems convention in Manchester! We got to hear from over a dozen candidates, a...
09/08/2019

ACDems had a great time yesterday at the NHDems convention in Manchester! We got to hear from over a dozen candidates, and many of our members got the chance to meet them one on one! Come to our intro meeting tonight at 8:00 in the McCaffrey Room of Keefe Campus Center to hear more about our time in NH and to learn more about ACDems!

Quick note: The Amherst College Democrats are not endorsing anyone in the primary, but we encourage all of our members to find candidates they like and to vocally support them (as seen below!)

Ben and Hayley working at our table during the Get Involved Fair today! We were glad to get so many new members, and can...
09/02/2019

Ben and Hayley working at our table during the Get Involved Fair today! We were glad to get so many new members, and can’t wait to fight for progressive change this year!

08/25/2019
Kinder Guardians | Who Is America? | Sacha Baron Cohen SHOWTIME Series

Joe Walsh might be challenging Donald Trump in the primary, but he’d hardly be an improvement as President. Walsh has repeatedly tweeted out racial slurs, called the science around climate change “inconclusive,” believes there shouldn’t be a social safety net because it’s not in the Constitution, and called the LGBT community “constitutional terrorists.”

Being a critic of the President does *not* automatically make someone a viable replacement!

He also famously starred in this video:

https://youtu.be/QkXeMoBPSDk

A comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen. All Episodes Available Now, only on SHOWTIME. #WhoIsAmerica Learn More About WHO IS AMERICA? https://s.sho.com/2JuGkPH Subsc...

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08/07/2019

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Having a white nationalist as President emboldens other white nationalists to commit acts of violence, it’s that simple....
08/04/2019

Having a white nationalist as President emboldens other white nationalists to commit acts of violence, it’s that simple. And in recent years, the Republican Party has continued to enable them. What happened today in El Paso is a reminder of why we need both comprehensive gun control, and a serious plan to tackle domestic white nationalist terrorism.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is working hard to keep Floridians from voting, but Andrew Gillum is working even harder t...
06/29/2019
How to Fight Florida’s New Poll Tax

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is working hard to keep Floridians from voting, but Andrew Gillum is working even harder to make sure everyone has fair access to the ballot box.

Read what he has to say about what we can do to help:

Last night was one of the darkest days in Florida history.

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04/26/2019

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Are you a member of a chartered College Democrats of Massachusetts chapter? Are you working an unpaid or low-paying political internship this summer? CDM has put together TWO $500 scholarships for CDM members working unpaid internships! Apply in the link below by June 1st at 11:59 PM to be considered!
Apply here!: https://forms.gle/qUfBjy94CfmFL9q59
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Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to hear Rhiana Gunn-Wright speak about the Green New Deal! Despite the rain, ...
04/23/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to hear Rhiana Gunn-Wright speak about the Green New Deal! Despite the rain, over two hundred people made their way to Johnson Chapel to learn about why the Green New Deal is such an important way to look at tackling climate change. We hope that everyone came away with a clearer understanding of why the Green New Deal is the way it is, and that this Earth Day gave you some added motivation to fight for climate justice! A big thanks to our partners from the Amherst College Office of Environmental Sustainability, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Delighted to see that this necessary piece of legislation has been signed into law! Thank you Mindy Domb, State Represen...
04/08/2019

Delighted to see that this necessary piece of legislation has been signed into law! Thank you Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA and Jo Comerford for working to pass this!

We just learned that Gov. Baker has signed the bill to ban conversion therapy in Massachusetts!!! Congrats and thank you to everyone who has called and emailed your state legislators to get this through! ❤️❤️❤️🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

We had a great time hearing from Clare Malone tonight! She had so much to teach us about identity politics and how we sa...
03/27/2019

We had a great time hearing from Clare Malone tonight! She had so much to teach us about identity politics and how we saw these dynamics play out in the past few elections. Thank you for everyone who came out tonight and everyone who asked great questions

We had the opportunity to attend a Town Hall about the Green New Deal with Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Jim ...
03/25/2019

We had the opportunity to attend a Town Hall about the Green New Deal with Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Jim McGovern. Their hope and optimism were a refreshing sign that we can and will take action on climate change.

03/16/2019

We want to express our horror and devastation at seeing what happened in Christchurch New Zealand. Yesterday’s events are a reminder of the rising prevalence of white-nationalism and Islamaphobia across the world, and remind us that we must double down in the fight against bigotry and hatred.

To the Muslim members of the Amherst College community, we understand how you are feeling. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies.

We want to echo the sentiments of President Martin, that Amherst College should be a community where everyone feels safe and welcome, and we are committed to making sure that that sentiment is not an empty promise.

We’re so glad Representative Mindy Domb came to our weekly meeting to talk with us about this legislative session and th...
03/04/2019

We’re so glad Representative Mindy Domb came to our weekly meeting to talk with us about this legislative session and the bills she’s supporting. It’s great to have representatives who are so accessible and willing to meet with groups like ours. Thanks again Mindy Domb, State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District, MA!!

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley speaking at the Every Voice Advocacy Summit. She reminded us that “you do not need a fancy...
02/23/2019

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley speaking at the Every Voice Advocacy Summit. She reminded us that “you do not need a fancy title or a comma next to your name to effectuate change.” Thank you to Congresswoman Pressley and the Every Voice Coalition for your hard work and advocacy.

02/10/2019
Senator Jo Comerford

So great to have the opportunity to speak with Senator Jo Comerford about the Massachusetts legislature and the bills she’s planning to support!

LIVE. I'm at MHC for a teach-in with Mount Holyoke College Democrats UMass Democrats Amherst College Democrats Smith Democrats and students from Greenfield Community College on the legislative process. Later today, we'll do another FB Live on the bills I filed.

Please help! We have worked with Eduardo Samaniego in the past and know that his courage, generosity, and grit is a prec...
12/05/2018
Click here to support Emergency fund for Eduardo organized by Karla Rojas

Please help! We have worked with Eduardo Samaniego in the past and know that his courage, generosity, and grit is a precious gift that we must protect at all costs.

Eduardo Samaniego is a powerful immigrant rights leader who has built nationwide networks to support Dreamers, DACA, and comprehensive immigration reform. He was arrested in mid-October for a misdemeanor, stemming from a misunderstanding with a taxi driver, and has been in jail in Georgia ever si...

12/04/2018
Bernie Sanders LIVE Town Hall – Solving Our Climate Crisis | NowThis

Tune in while you prepare for your finals! Climate change is as an important consideration for your future as is your GPA because it dictates ALL of our futures!

Join Senator Bernie Sanders LIVE for a national town hall about the current state of our climate crisis. Senator Sanders will be joined by experts and enviro...

HORRIFYING. This conduct is despicable, heartless, cruel. As inhabitants of this country, we must confront our responsib...
11/25/2018
The Other 98%

HORRIFYING. This conduct is despicable, heartless, cruel. As inhabitants of this country, we must confront our responsibility in this abuse. Seeking asylum is a lawful pursuit; reckless abuse like this should not be.

BREAKING: Trump's border patrol just sprayed innocent women and young children with tear gas. Dozens of young children are collapsing from not being able to breathe but are being refused medical help. What have we become?

Anti-Black police violence. Devastating in all forms but strikingly so here. Here is a long report discussing steps we c...
11/17/2018
Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Shooting Suspect

Anti-Black police violence. Devastating in all forms but strikingly so here.

Here is a long report discussing steps we can take as residents in this country: Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Justice in Policing (http://populardemocracy.org/sites/default/files/Justice-In-Policing-Toolkit-sm.pdf)

Here is a summation of that report: https://mic.com/articles/121572/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-to-end-police-brutality#.ArFgB7gvB

The suggestions in this report are actionable, only if we pressure our elected officials to commit to these policy/practice changes or if we run ourselves!

What will you do?

A police officer arriving on the scene shot and killed Jemel Roberson, a uniformed security guard who had detained a suspect after a shooting in a suburban Chicago bar.

Representative Ro Khanna forcefully confronts Congress about our complicity with Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen. How w...
11/16/2018
Rep. Ro Khanna: By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War & Peace

Representative Ro Khanna forcefully confronts Congress about our complicity with Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen. How will we Democrats heed his important call?

House Republicans have quashed debate on a resolution that aims to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, by sneaking a single line into an unrelated resolution about wolves. The House voted 201 to 187 on the bill Wednesday, approving a provision that blocks the Democrats from for...

The answer seems clear!Image: a scatter plot showing the rate of guns compared to the mass shooters in different countri...
11/08/2018
What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

The answer seems clear!

Image: a scatter plot showing the rate of guns compared to the mass shooters in different countries. The United States' dot falls far above all other countries.

Americans advance a lot of theories for why they have so many more gun deaths than other countries do. The answer is lying in plain sight.

11/02/2018
NowThis Election

NowThis Election

Students across the country are walking out of class on Election Day to head to the polls

Gregory Alan Bush: wife had an order of protection against him, punched a deputy in Family Court a few years ago, charge...
10/27/2018
'Whites don't shoot whites,' suspected gunman told man after killing 2 black customers at Kentucky Kroger

Gregory Alan Bush: wife had an order of protection against him, punched a deputy in Family Court a few years ago, charged with menacing after inappropriately touching a 15 year old girl at a movie theater.
Gregory Alan Bush: had guns and hate.
Gregory Alan Bush: murdered two innocent Black people after unsuccessfully trying to enter a Black church.

Police: "motive unclear"
Elected officials, probably: "There's nothing we could have done to prevent this."

A white man with a history of violence fatally shot two African-American customers at a Kroger grocery store and was arrested as he tried to flee, police said.

A lesson from Georgia/Brian Kemp: When you can't win based on your ideas, you have to control voter registration and use...
10/24/2018
Georgia NAACP files complaints alleging voting machines incorrectly registered votes

A lesson from Georgia/Brian Kemp: When you can't win based on your ideas, you have to control voter registration and use machines so outdated that they miraculously choose your candidate over the opponent.

#democracy

https://www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2018/10/22/georgia-and-the-right-to-vote

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/brian-kemp-leaked-audio-georgia-voting-745711/

https://kpfa.org/episode/democracy-now-october-24-2018-2/

The Georgia NAACP filed a complaint Tuesday with the state alleging some votes cast for Democrat Stacy Abrams registered for Republican Brian Kemp.

10/19/2018
NowThis Politics

Representation! In the campaign, in the votes, in the policies!

Sri Kulkarni, dedicated and inclusive community member, is running to represent Texas' 22nd district and we think you should take a look at his platform: https://kulkarniforcongress.com/.

This candidate is campaigning in 13 languages to mobilize his diverse district

There are many reasons to walk to the polls or mail in that absentee ballot, these are some of ours. -written by our Pre...
10/18/2018
For the Millions Who Can't, You Must

There are many reasons to walk to the polls or mail in that absentee ballot, these are some of ours.

-written by our President Ali Bien-Aime and Field Director Ben Gilsdorf in the spirit of the Dems

Voting for Democrats this fall is not simply voting against the Republican Party and its platform. It is committing to an America not based on hatred and division but unity and progress.

REGISTER REGISTER REGISTER REGISTERCOME OUT SWINGING (YOUR PENS!) AND SHAKING (YOUR FISTS!)vote.org --> check if you're ...
10/09/2018

REGISTER REGISTER REGISTER REGISTER

COME OUT SWINGING (YOUR PENS!) AND SHAKING (YOUR FISTS!)

vote.org --> check if you're registered, just to be sure

(Image: map of the United States with Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas outlined above the words "October 9th is the last day to register to vote!".)

If you live in

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Today is the LAST DAY you can register to vote! Go to IWillVote.com RIGHT NOW to make sure you’re registered!

10/03/2018
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Name: Deb Haaland's

Motivation: "I'm running for Congress because I believe that New Mexico can be a place of strong, safe communities where our kids can be happy growing up, and can build a life here when they are grown."

Priorities: climate and environment, income inequality, access to resources for working families, medicare for all

District: New Mexico's 1st Congressional

Official Campaign Site: https://debforcongress.com/

She’s part of a wave of Native American candidates running for office. Meet Deb Haaland.

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We are trying to recruit students from across the Five Colleges to participate as staffers for our conference. We are looking for Chairs, Vice Chairs, and conference Staffers. They would be responsible for attending all committee sessions during the conference weekend (March 6-8 2020) and attending a training session. We think that the students in your department would be great candidates for our conference. Can you please share with the rest of the students in your department? Here is the link to the application which closes on January 31st: https://forms.gle/b5TGV56hhoRJDDF1A Please email the Under Secretary Generals Mallory Linn ([email protected]) or Hannah Pozzebon ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Thank you so much.
Please join us for the 47th Annual Amherst-A Better Chance Fall Foliage 5Kwalk/run on Saturday, October 20th. The course begins on the Amherst town common and will include beautiful vistas during peak foliage! You can also create your own fundraising page to support the ABC house and our Scholars! The ABC program has been in Amherst for nearly 50 years and has changed the lives of over 125 high schoolers. The community has played a critical role in making this program happen, so please sign up today. This will be a family event with lots of great post run entertainment. Click here to register
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Hello, dear members of Amherst College Democrats, Monte Allen here. I’m with Indivisible Somerville (MA) and this message is about the mid-term elections and helping the Democrats retake the US House of Representatives - an interest that I hope we both share. Strategically, college students will be pivotally important in achieving this outcome and that’s why I want to connect with you. Indivisible Somerville is going to implement an innovative effort to engage students – particularly students from out of state – who are attending not just Amherst College, but all of the 114 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Rather than spell it all out in this message, it would be way better to talk with the most appropriate person with Amherst College Democrats. But here it is in a nutshell. It’s called VoteRemote. There are approximately 90,000 out-of-state students attending the colleges and universities in Massachusetts. So VoteRemote is a big deal. Indivisible Somerville will make online contact will all of these out-of-state students to encourage them – and if they choose to participate, make it very, very easy for them - to register and vote via absentee ballots in their home states, NOT in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts congressional delegation is already very progressive and secure, so Massachusetts doesn’t need their votes in the mid-term elections. However, their votes could be very consequential in their home states. Most of our communication with out-of-state students will be done online, but the VoteRemote effort will need on-campus partnership support - primarily in encouraging out of state students to participate in VoteRemote. So that’s what I want to talk about with the most appropriate representative of Amherst College Democrats. I’d be asking for 10-15 minutes on the phone. Please just give me a call, send me an email, or respond to this posting, and we’ll take it from there. On behalf of Indivisible Somerville, thanks for your interest (we hope). Monte Allen 617-869-9564 [email protected] p.s. If your organization has a plan for influencing the outcome of the mid-term elections, we’d love to know what YOU have in mind.
A local data scientist wrote me: "As you’re certainly aware, Facebook in the news the past few days. In my past life working for Obama in 2012, I built targeted sharing models based on massive amounts of FB data (suffice it to say, I’ve been getting calls from reporters this week). Is this is a topic your students would find interesting? If so, I’d be happy to come give a talk." Would this be of interest sometime in April? If so, I'd be glad to help you organize it.
The Mount Holyoke College Republicans are hosting an event with Antonia Okafor, a conservative gun rights activist and former Democrat. The event will have an extensive Q&A and we would love to hear from you! See picture for information. https://www.facebook.com/events/157941004942215/
Hi all, my name is Hannah and I'm the campaign manager for Mayor Alex Morse's re-election campaign in Holyoke! If anyone is interested in volunteering or in an internship (unfortunately unpaid) I would be happy to meet with you! Mayoral campaigns are a great place to start for anyone interested in getting into campaigns/politics. Feel free to DM me or text me at (413) 230-6404