Resident Constitutional Scholar Austin Heyroth gives us his take on the proceeding from this week:


Circles This Week (3/26/2013)

On March 26, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih

Every week at the Columbia Democrats we make progress on our activities through our circles in body meetings.  If you can’t make the meeting this week but would still like to help out with any of our activities, please contact the circle leaders below!


Planning for Earth Week: Circle Leaders Sarah Weinstein ( and Ryan Morgan (

This April 18-24, Columbia University is having its annual Earth Week!  We’ll be tabling to tell people about Environmental Issues circulating the political arena that need attention.  Some potential examples include the Keystone Pipeline, Hydrofracking for Natural Gas, and how we can go about tackling Climate Change.  Come help us plan the Democrats construct our game plan!


NYC Mayoral Campaign: Circle Leaders Evelyn Jagoda ( and Samantha Gilbert (

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final term as mayor finishes at the end of this year.  Which progressive democrat do we want to succeed him?  Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, or someone else? We’ll be having the first in a series of discussions on which candidate each of us prefers and why.  Come and make your case for which candidate you like!


National Security Policy Discussion: Circle Leaders Sejal Singh (  and Janine Balekdjian (

Has the Obama Administration continued to step over civil liberties as the Bush administration did in the name of national security?  How should we be conducting it?  For one example, the issue of drone policy has surged in the news media and public discourse.  One of our liberal sparrings was on the question of whether we should use them at all.  What do you think?  Come let us know your opinions on a range of issues of national security.


Columbia Students’ Immigration Stories to Present on Lobby Trip: Circle Leaders Melissa Quintana ( and Nikita Ash (

On our Lobby trip to DC we’ll be pushing for further immigration reform.  If you have a personal immigration story, then we ask you to come and contribute to our circle.  We’ll be compiling all of them into a booklet that we will present to Congressional members on our trip.  Let our legislative body know the importance of this issue to you and reformers everywhere!



Infrastructure Policy Talk (3/7/2013)

On March 9, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih

Dr. Julius Change of the Civil Engineering Department at Columbia University enlightens us all about the need of a coherent infrastructure policy in the US!  (FYI, Rachel Maddow says infrastructure is sexxy)


Circles this Week (3/6/2013)

On March 5, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih

Interested in helping us achieve our political objectives?  Then come to our weekly body meeting this Wednesday at Lerner 569 from 9-10!  If you are unable to attend but are still interested in helping our, please contact the circle leaders below!

Environmental Activism: Circle leader Sarah Weinstein (

Passionate about protecting the integrity of our natural resources and our environment?  Come to our circle to discuss issues like the Keystone Pipeline, how the US stands compared with other countries on the issue of sustainable development, and what legislation at the state and federal level we should be supporting.  We’ll be circling these ideas, covering the basics for an activist campaign, and discuss what environmental issues we may want to lobby for!  Let’s protect the Earth!


Stop “Stop & Frisk”! : Circle leader Sejal Singh (

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 how we’re going to lobby the issue so come with ideas for how we can do this!


Women’s Equality Act! : Circle leaders Janine Balekdjian (, Austin Heyroth (, and Samantha Gilbert (

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!


Liberal Boot Camp 2/27/2013: Sequestration

On March 1, 2013, in Uncategorized, by Swara Salih

Sarah Gitlin gives us an insightful take of the consequences that will arise from sequestration if President Obama is unable to make a last minute compromise with the Republicans today.