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2013 February

Debate with CUCR on School Vouchers:

On February 27, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih

Watch body members David Kang ’2015 and Marilyn Robb dish it out with the College Republicans on the detriments of school vouchers!


Circles for Week of 2/27/2013

On February 27, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih
New York City Mayoral Elections: Circle leaders Melissa Quintana (mgq2102@columbia.edu) and Sarah Gitlin (sarahgitlin@gmail.com)

Who’s vying to replace Bloomberg- who has defined City Hall for more than a decade as the next Mayor of the City of New York? Some of the city’s top political players are in the running. Who are the five democratic candidates? What are they all about? What issues are at stake?  Have strong opinions or want to get informed on the upcoming Mayoral elections and the democratic elections in general? Stop by our circle this week for some interesting discussion!


Stop “Stop & Frisk”! : Circle leader Sejal Singh (sejal.singh.11@gmail.com)

If you’re infuriated by the continued practice of “Stop & Frisk” by New York police officers, or if you just have a steadfast commitment to civil liberties, come join us to see how you can help plan our protest!  We’ll also be planning our lobbying trip so come with ideas!


Women’s Equality Act! : Circle leaders Janine Balekdjian (galadriel391@gmail.com), Austin Heyroth (austinemc2@gmail.com), and Samantha Gilbert (sag2193@barnard.edu)

Governor Cuomo has recently given his support for the Women’s Equality Act in New York!  Help us keep up the momentum by taking part in the making of our video in support, which we’re going to put up on our YouTube page!




Check out Janine and Ella dishing it out on the ethics, repercussions, and benefits on American Drone Policy!



A Stand For Marriage Equality (2/16/2013)

On February 19, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih

The Columbia Democrats would like to express thanks to everyone who participated in the protest against the “Family in Modern Society Conference” that took place this Saturday the 16th.  On our own progressively minded campus, this event featured a key address by Sherif Girgis, a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Princeton and J.D. candidate at Yale, who, using quite abstract conceptions, argued that marriage could only be between one man and one woman.  While we affirm that Mr. Girgis had his right to speak freely on the matter, we took hold of our own right to free speech by expressing that his argument was still hurtful to those still striving to have their right to marry the person they love, and detrimental to the cause for LGBT equality.

We had a great turnout, with Democrats members and non-members getting up at 7:30 AM (on a Saturday!) to protest at the entrance of Lerner Hall, where the conference was taking place, and then later in the day at 4:00-5:00 PM when Girgis’ speech began.  For this portion of the protest, we silently held up signs displaying our disagreements with the speakers’ audacious argument, submitted challenging questions (via note cards for the Q&A session), and stood up and left at the end of his address.  We did not engage in any rowdy behavior, nor did we once attempt to interrupt Girgis’ speech.  It is evident that our civil display balanced respect with a strong display of activism, allowing us to leave a stark impression on the “Family in Modern Society Conference” and respect their right to expression (as repugnant as we find their message).  Let’s all keep up the fight guys!





Protesting the anti-gay conference at Columbia

On February 15, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Austin Heyroth
The CU Dems are proud to announce that we’ll be protesting a major anti-gay conference being held in Lerner Hall tomorrow (Saturday). We’re protesting to show that Columbia believes in equal rights for ALL people, no matter their gender or sexual orientation. We’re going to fight for people who have had their rights taken away from them, and for the right of gay couples to be welcomed, recognized, and supported just like anyone else. The idea that people are discriminated against because they fall in love with someone who’s the ‘wrong’ gender is ludicrous, and we don’t agree with it. This protest is about making sure that everyone knows that Columbia supports love and equality and civil rights, no matter what some anti-gay speakers say.

At the same time it’s also important to remember we support the free speech rights of everyone, ESPECIALLY people we don’t agree with. We’ve worked with Public Safety so we can be sure that we won’t be disrupting the event or limiting the organizer’s ability to spread their message. We have always fought for uninhibited, robust, and wide-open free expression for everyone. But we will be exercising OUR rights to show that the Columbia community doesn’t believe in bigotry or discrimination, and that the CU Dems are going to fight for equality. We don’t agree with words that hurt people or marginalize members of our community, and we’re going to say so.

We’ve made some amazing gains for equal rights of the past few years and we’re on track for even more incredible victories, but that doesn’t mean we can get complacent. We have no doubt that marriage equality is going to come to every state in America, but it’s only going to come because committed activists are willing to work for it! Tomorrow is our chance to make sure the world knows that Columbia supports equal rights!

For more information go to our facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/108971189287689/