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Katie Naranjo

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Egyptian Elections Report: Challenges With Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 7:55 PM

Note: For the last year and a half, I have been working on-and-off with Egyptian political parties and youth activists. Below is the first blog post in a series of reports on the upcoming Egyptian elections. This series represents my views from interactions with activists, party leaders, and candidates on...

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Student Aid: The Future of Educated Youth in America

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 1:57 PM

The economic downturn has created a college affordability crisis for America's students and families. Without action, our nation will simply be unable to rise to President Obama's challenge to make America once again lead the world in college graduates by 2020. Today, Speaker Pelosi addressed the pressing issue of college...

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Don't Forget the Youth: College Democrats of America Fighting to Represent Students Across America

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 1:47 PM

November 2008 displayed the power and importance of young Americans participating in their government. Millions of young voters showed up at the polls to vote for President Obama. A lesser-known fact is that there were millions of young activists working hard in every state on national, statewide, and local campaigns....

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Progressives Just Get It: The New Organizing Institute's Mock Campaign Election Supersizes DC Politics

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 5:56 PM

Young progressive organizers from across the United States join the New Organizing Institute's BootCamp to learn and engage their peers in the newest wave of campaigning -- New Media.

The 60 participants, selected from over 600 applicants, are charged with creating and executing a simulated campaign for Mayor of DC....

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Liberty University Revokes College Democrats Chapter for Being UnChristian

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 7:47 PM

Last Friday the students at Liberty University were notified that their recognition by the university had been revoked. Recognition by the university allows students to organize, use classrooms for meetings, and hold events on campus. Recognition was revoked despite the college democrats at Liberty University signing a statement saying they...

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President Obama's New Proposals to Help Students by Increasing Access to Education, Training, and Financial Aid

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2009 | 1:45 PM

Today President Obama announced a plan to give thousands of unemployed Americans around the country an extra hand by empowering them to go to college, learn new skills and get ahead in their careers. The Obama Administration will work with leaders to make sure that young people don't have to...

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President Obama's Commitment to Higher Education and College Affordability

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 1:27 PM

Students all across America are struggling to cope with the skyrocketing cost of higher education. In recent decades tuition has grown ten times faster than a typical family's income, putting an undue strain on families and making the cost of higher education too expensive for far too many.

At the...

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College Students: GOTV During Last Day of Early Voting and Election Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 4:19 PM

This election year, more than ever, campaign experts and media pundits have attempted to understand the youth vote. After 21 months of trying to "understand" young voters, this 22-year-old has a few positive and optimistic pointers to provide:

The Obvious Facts

College students have and continue to increase their...

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Students: Making the Difference in Florida

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 10:56 PM

Young people in Florida are kind of a big deal. A native of Texas -- a reliably red state -- it's refreshing for me to see all the excitement surrounding our Democratic process in the hottest (literally it's a beautiful 77 degrees today in Miami) battleground state. In Miami alone,...

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Respect Our Vote: College Democrats Launch Nationwide Campaign to Protect Students' Rights

(11) Comments | Posted October 8, 2008 | 6:39 PM

Senator Barack Obama inspires younger generations like no other politician in recent history. Rather than ignoring young people and writing off our entire generation as apathetic, Senator Obama reaches out to us and understands our needs. He offers the youth a refreshing alternative to regressive Bush-McCain policies, which continue to...

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Yes We Can, Yes We Will: College Democrats are Prepared to Mobilize Young People in November

(23) Comments | Posted September 12, 2008 | 4:35 PM

At the College Democrats of America (CDA) Convention in Denver, young voters proved that we're ready to change the political landscape as we know it. Students from across the country engaged experts on issue panels ranging from the environment, faith in politics, and new media to hip hop's influence on...

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