With Obama accepting the nomination of the Democratic party tonight, perhaps now is a good time to provide an update on our club’s direction.
This past week, we had our first meeting on the VKC steps. The tremendous turnout was quite inspirational for all of us as we move into the last months before the election. Members broke into groups and drew chalk pictures that represented their Democratic pride. We had statements of why people support Barack Obama, the Obama “O” logo, an Obama Fight On logo, and even a portrait of Obama. So lots of Obama and lots of excitement. You can see photos from our first meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.408936952497269.93352.405954522795512&type=1
For this year, we’ve got a lot planned – voter registration, Vegas trips, and a party. This next week on 9/11, we’ll be tabling with the USC College Republicans to raise money for the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, our city’s heroes.
And, of course, we’ll have meetings like we always do. A place to talk politics with fellow Democrats, engage with interesting speakers, and participate in fun activities. This is a special year, however, with the 2012 elections coming up. So we’ll be joining forces with Trojans for Obama to aid in the reelection of President Barack Obama. If USC College Democrats meetings are a rallying call to action, then Trojans for Obama meetings are how we actually make a difference. We’ll be phonebanking, registering voters, doing more phonebanking, recruiting people for the campaign, and more!
The achievements of these past four years (the Recovery Act and Stimulus, Auto Bailout, Wall Street Reform, increased investment in clean energy, Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act, ending DADT, support for marriage equality, and more) are because students like ourselves helped to elect President Barack Obama four years ago. We did all of this in just one term, even with a highly polarized and deadlocked Congress of Republicans pushing against change. Imagine what the next four years could bring. What we can accomplish. And that’s why this election season is so important. That’s why being involved in politics, staying informed and active even when there isn’t an election going on, is so important. Because four, eight, twenty, or even fifty years down the road, you can look at the change we accomplished and realize, you did that.