Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Smith Dem Kate Moore Blogs the College Democrats of America National Convention: Day One

Hey Smith Dems!
I just got back from 5 amazing days in Washington DC at the College Democrats of America Convention! As the Campaigns Director of the College Democrats of Massachusetts, I got to attend the annual convention, but members of any CDA chapter are encouraged to come, so definitely think about attending next year’s convention! I was planning on live blogging, but unfortunately I didn’t have internet for the entire convention, so my posts won’t be as detailed.

On Thursday morning I arrived at GW to check in and then rushed over to the DNC for lunch. After meeting up with the rest of the Massachusetts delegation and eating some pizza, Majority Whip Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) came to speak to us! He had to make it quick so he could get back to the House for a vote, but he talked to us for about ten minutes about the Health Care Bill. He focused most of his speech on the problems people with pre-existing conditions face in getting health care coverage.

The Convention’s theme this year was “50 Years of Service” so, accordingly, we split into groups following the luncheon and headed off to do a service project. My group went to the Septima Charter School to help the school prepare for the student’s arrival. Septima is an all boys charter elementary school, and after meeting with the school’s founder and having a chance to ask some questions, we split into teams and began our projects. I helped put up bulletin boards, and other teams moved furniture, organized t-shirts, as well as many other projects!

At about 3 we left the Septima School and I had some down time to hang out with other members of the Massachusetts delegation while the National Council Meeting and Elections and the Election and Credential Committee Meetings took place. At 6 we headed back to the GW Marvin Center for the Welcome Reception and Opening Ceremonies. After hearing Katie Naranjo, the CDA National President, and Cory Struble, the GW University Convention Chair, speak and gavel in the convention, Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) addressed the convention. As many of you know, Senator Specter recently changed his party affiliation after being an elected Republican for 44 years! Needless to say, the Pennsylvania delegation was especially excited to hear the Senator speak. After a quick speech, Senator Spector opened it up for questions, answering over 20 questions from College Democrats even though his staff was anxious to get him back to the House for a vote!

After the Opening Ceremonies, everyone headed to Tabaq for the “Celebration of Youth” CDA/DNC Youth Council Fundraiser where I got to hang out with and get to know the rest of the Massachusetts delegation and meet students from chapters from the 38 states represented at this year’s convention!

Lots of Dems love,