1982: Americans for Democratic Action become chartered.
1984: Obies for Democratic Action re-write Constitution and become
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
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
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
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
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
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
September–December 2003: College Dems register 500 students
September–November 2003: Members work on local City Council
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,
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
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
May 3, 2004: Members participate in the Big Parade.