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RG 19/3/6 - Oberlin College Democrats
Administrative History


1982: Americans for Democratic Action become chartered.

1984: Obies for Democratic Action re-write Constitution and become chartered.

April 16, 1986: Obies for Democratic Action submit amendments to their Constitution.

May 1986: Obies for Democratic Action become formally affiliated with the Ohio College Democrats.

Fall 1990: Obies for Democratic Action members attempt to change the organization’s name to College Democrats.

1997: College Democrats chartered.

Fall 2000: Students organize for presidential candidate Al Gore, but after the election stop organizing as Democrats; fail to re-charter the organization.

Fall 2001: Freshman Matt Kaplan begins recruiting members to re-charter the Oberlin College Democrats.

January 2002: During the Congressional Internship program in Washington, D.C., U.S. Congressman Sherrod Brown encourages the College Democrats, which creates interest in the organization.

February 2002: The Dems organize a letter writing campaign for the campaign finance bill.

April 2002: College Dems bring Representative Marcy Kaptur to Oberlin.

September 2002: Steady membership doubles as preparation for midterm elections begins.

September–November 2002: Members work on Sue Morano for State Senate, 13th District, and Tim Hagan for Governor campaigns.

September 30, 2002: College Dems bring gubernatorial candidate Tim Hagan to the campus of Oberlin College.

November 2002: Members attend the National Young Democrats of America conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

December 5-8, 2002: Members Val Baron, Abby Deats, Tom Fazzini, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Matt Kaplan, Kyle Smith, and Renata Strause travel to Shreveport, Louisiana to work on Senator Mary Landrieu’s runoff re-election campaign.

December 13, 2002: College Dems co-host a Holiday Party with the school unions OCOPE, UAW, and Security. This event is held at the same time President Dye hosted her annual holiday event.

Spring 2003: The Dems create an Anti-War Caucus within the group for people who strongly oppose the war in Iraq.

May 2003: Members work on the Yes-Yes school tax levy campaign in Oberlin.

September–December 2003: College Dems register 500 students to vote.

September–November 2003: Members work on local City Council campaigns.

September 2003: Dems bring Representative Sherrod Brown to Oberlin to help kick off the voter registration drive.

October 3-5, 2003: Members Abby Deats, Georgia Hollister-Isman, and Renata Strause attend Camp Wellstone, a campaign training camp, in Columbus, Ohio.

November 3, 2003: College Dems host a City Council candidates’ forum.

December 12, 2003: College Dems co-host Holiday Party with unions OCOPE, UAW, and Security.

February 11, 2004: College Dems host presidential candidate and U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

February 28, 2004: College Dems hold Mock Democratic Convention.

March 1, 2004: College Dems and Oberlin town Dems co-host a local candidates’ forum.

April 16-18, 2004: Members Charlie Sohne and Cecilia Hayford attend Camp Wellstone in Pittsburgh, Penn.

March–May 2004: Members plan voter registration drive for fall 2004.

May 3, 2004: Members participate in the Big Parade.


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