The BU Dems Invade Taunton

Freshman Representative Emily Prescott recaps the BU Dems’ weekend of door knocking at the 2012 CDM Campaign Invasion in Taunton.

by Emily Prescott

On the morning of September 22nd, 7 fearless members of the BU Dems woke up early, grabbed coffee at their respective café favorites, and hiked over to Tufts before embarking on a bus with Harvard and Emerson. So began a weekend of door knocking for democracy, as we were on our way to the CDM Taunton campaign invasion.

The event’s itinerary included lunch at home base, a brief training session in the fine art of canvassing, and an address from Massachusetts state senator, Mark Pacheco, as well as local candidate Sharry Costa Hanlon. We jumped into volunteer cars (it was a very transportation focused weekend) and set off to canvass.

After knocking on doors and ringing doorbells for a few hours, we headed to the hotel where this year’s Fearless Freshman had an opportunity to bond over our experiences of the day and conveniently similar political beliefs. The next day ushered in phase two of canvassing and a bus ride back to Harvard Square where we were given the chance to hang out with the Harvard democrats.

Going to Taunton was an immensely rewarding and exciting opportunity. It was many of our first
experiences with canvassing and it was great to become involved in something so close to the
community. Personally, I loved being able to really talk to people in Massachusetts about something I
care about with students from other schools around the Commonwealth.

Overall, Taunton was a great experience and we’re all riled up and ready to go for future canvassing
adventures!

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Get Involved with the BU Dems this month!

We have come so far. We have seen so much. But there’s so much more to do.

– President Barack Obama

We are getting closer and closer to the November elections, but there is still much to be done! Here are some ways you can get involved with the BU Democrats this month:

• October 4th: Join us for a viewing of the first presidential debate in CAS 226 & 235 after our weekly meeting! (more info here)
• October 10th: BU Phone Bank for Joe Kennedy in South Campus (more info here)
• October 11th: Vice Presidential debate viewing party right after our weekly meeting.
• October 13th: Obama for America GOTV Training (place and time TBD but find info here)
• October 20th – 21st: CDM Campaign Invasion Weekend in Plymouth! (more info here)

Need to register to vote? Catch us at our voter registration tables in West Campus on October 5, 8, 10, 15, and 16.

And as always, we have our weekly meetings on Thursdays in CAS 226.

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Elizabeth Warren Rally at Morse Auditorium!

by Margarita Diaz 

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The BU College Democrats had the honor of hosting a rally for US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at Morse Auditorium on Saturday, September 15th.

Fired up Warren supporters from BU and all over Massachusetts came out early Saturday morning in muggy weather to line up in front of Morse, while volunteers proudly held up signs around the Blandford T stop on both sides of Comm Ave!

Anticipation buzzed through the auditorium as it filled to capacity. Beginning with a stunning introduction from the BU Dems’ president Caitlin Mauk, attendees got the chance to hear from Congressman Mike Capuano and Governor Deval Patrick before a rousing speech from the woman of the hour.

Here are some of the BU Dems’ favorite quotes from the speeches:

Congressman Mike Capuano:

“We need to remind people what’s at stake. How serious it is. It’s not just another election.”

“Like Democrats believe, I cannot do this on my own. I need you — we need Elizabeth Warren.”

Governor Deval Patrick:

“I have had the great privilege to serve this Commonwealth as your governor. And I am proud of what we have done together. I have never asked you to look the other way at hard choices. I have never ever asked you to agree with me and the choices I’ve made in every case. What I have asked you to do is turn to each other, but not ON each other.  We have to be about lifting the whole Commonwealth up, not tearing each other down. That we have to look ahead to another generation, not just at the here and now.”

“There are just a few days left. Knock on doors. Call people. Talk to people: your friends, family, co-workers, your neighbors. People that don’t already agree with us. Go walk up to that door with the other guy’s sign on the lawn and say, ‘I’m with you, and you need to be with us. And you need to be with the candidate that is with us, and that is Elizabeth Warren.'”

Check out the Governor’s entire speech here!

Elizabeth Warren:

“Scott Brown voted against three jobs bills. Paychecks to be spent on our families, paychecks to be spent in businesses here in Massachusetts. Me, I want to go to Washington to fight for jobs for us.”

“There are two competing visions here. These are about our values. And the vision of my Republican opponent and the Republican party can be boiled down to this: I got mine, the rest of you are on your own. We are a better people than that. We are better than that. We are a people who believe in the future. We’ve seen this happen before in America. We came out of a great depression, and what did we do as a people? We invested. We invested in ourselves, we invested in our kids, we invested in our future.”

Check out the entirety of Warren’s speech here!