Young people are now a major force in American politics. Millennials and Post-Millennials are the largest voting age bloc today, meaning the engagement of these voters can determine the future of our country for generations. As the official student arm of the DNC in the nation’s capital, and as the central institution through which College Democrats and their campus chapters organize in the District of Columbia, we have an obligation not just to our own state, but to the nation.
We will never take a victory for granted. We will not be passive in the face of injustice, and we will not rely on a “blue wave” — or on anyone but ourselves — to preserve our values. To that end, it is the mission of this plan to provide the District of Columbia’s College Democrats the tools and the strategy to perform groundbreaking work over the course of the following year. We will not settle for anything less than extraordinary. We insist on progress, and we believe that we will win. This plan will serve as a starting point for an organization that will, this year, do work unrivaled by any other organization in the country, and that will serve, in the future, as a model for College Democrats chapters around the nation.
"Every election matters. Anyone that tells you otherwise doesn't understand politics. That said, not every election sends sweeping messages that are easy to discern, but every election provides lessons worth learning."
— Chuck Todd
We, the College Democrats of the District of Columbia, do hereby dedicate ourselves to organizing college students in our state in order to encourage and develop the participation of young Americans in the political process and the Democratic Party. We strive to better our country and to promote the principles of equality, opportunity, social justice, and freedom within a just and strong society. As college students, we dedicate ourselves to representing the interests of students and youth within the political process.
We recognize our unique place in the nation. As students in the District of Columbia, we are made up of life-long residents as well as citizens of other states. As students in the nation’s capital, we have equal obligations both to our state and to our nation. As Democrats, we aim to promote the principles of our party. We call for full participation without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, handicap, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. For these ends and upon these principles, we, as Democratic college students, associate ourselves as the District of Columbia College Democrats.