building community through conversation
During the school year, CU Dems hold weekly all-member meetings every Wednesday night at 9 PM. These General Body Meetings (GBMs) are forums for political discourse, excursion planning, and information about upcoming initiatives and events.
GBMs usually include some combination of the following:
At some meetings, we split up into small groups - circles - that focus on a different political initiative or issue. These circles can be reactive, event-based, and sometimes discussion based, allowing for diverse opportunities for body members to engage.
Some weeks, an expert CU Dems member or group leads the GBM in an informational session on a particular interest area. Previous crash courses have been offered on U.S. LGBTQ+ history, Black political representation, state and local politics in New York, and more!
We bring a variety of different speakers to campus each year to speak on social activism, progressive legislation, community outreach and sustainability. Many of our remote meetings have included speakers from across the nation.
Past speakers include:
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district
- State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, of New York’s 34th District
- Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, U.S Representative from Florida’s 26th Congressional District
- Mondaire Jones, Candidate for New York’s 17th Congressional District
- Albert Cahn, Legal director of CAIR-NY
- Jumaane Williams, New York City Public Advocate
- Five Mualimm-Ak, Prisoner's rights advocate and author
Though we are unified under the umbrella of progressiveness, you will find a diverse range of ideologies among CU Democrats. Some weeks, body members have the opportunity to present an issue with differing progressive opinions in the form of a brief, friendly debate.