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Political Comedy Night f/ Jeff Kreisler, writer for Comedy Central & Huffington Post

Drexel Dems present
Comedy Against Evil
THE forward-thinking, progressive political comedy tour and its coming to Drexel!
Wednesday, May 12th at 7pm in Disque Hall 108

Jeff Kreisler's COMEDY AGAINST EVIL is THE forward-thinking, progressive political comedy tour and its coming to Drexel!

COMEDY AGAINST EVIL has performed at the College Democrats National Convention, with major candidates for President, the Senate, the House, Governorships, and local offices, been featured on Air America, Sirius, and CBS Radio, and made political funny at millions of colleges and clubs, fundraisers for regional caucuses, conventions, festivals, rallies, protests, seminars and more. COMEDY AGAINST EVIL makes politics awesome.

Who is Jeff Kreisler?

* A writer for Comedy Central's Indecision2008, Huffington Post, and the Independent Film Channel, winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award For Thought Provoking Comedy, cast member of Shoot The Messenger (from the creator of The Daily Show), executive editor of My Wall Street Journal, and author of Harper Collins' bestselling “Get Rich Cheating” and TheStreet.com's Funny Money, Kreisler and friends dissect American politics and culture with passion, absurdity, and hope.

For more information and videos of Jeff, visit www.JeffKreisler.com

We hope to see you there!

Health Care Resources

I'm sure many of you, like myself, followed the Health Care Debate over the last few weeks and is very pleased with the passage of the bill! An important part of the health care bill dealt with student loans, an issue that's very important to many college students.

The links below will tell you more about the bill, help you understand it and make better sense of all of the things you've heard over the past few weeks. Check them out!

* Obama Signs Bill on Student Loans and Health Care
* How Different People Will Be Affected by Health Care Reform
* See How Your Representative Voted!
* Speaker Pelosi's Resource Page for All Things Health Care GREAT RESOURCE!!
* Implementation Timeline
* Provisions That Will Take Affect Immediately
* What's In It For Young Americans SPECIFIC TO PEOPLE OUR AGE!

I hope these resources were beneficial to everyone. If anyone has any links they'd like to share with the Dems, including articles, blogs, media, etc, please send them my way!

Vote Tomorrow!! Tuesday, Nov 3rd

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov 3rd) is Election Day!

This year there are judicial and municipal elections and I highly encourage you to vote and vote Democrat! Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.

Unsure of who to vote for?Take a look at a sample ballot for tomorrow here: http://seventy.org/Elections_Upcoming_Election_Information.aspx

All judicial candidates supported by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party can be found here: http://www.padems.com/Officials/Candidates/

Two important races:
Seth Williams for Philadelphia District Attorney: The Drexel Dems endorsed Seth last winter and helped him win the Democratic primary in May. Support him tomorrow! The District Attorney is extremely important to keeping our streets safe in Philadelphia. Learn more about Seth at www.votesethwilliams.com.

Judge Jack Panella for Supreme Court: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will play a large role in congressional redistricting that will take place after the 2010 U.S. Census.

Voting & Polling Place Info

Do you live in a Drexel residence hall? All residence halls vote in Van R Hall at 3320 Powelton Ave.

Not sure where to vote? To find your polling place, click here: http://www.phillyvoter.org/locator/%28S%28ilifrm45heyhdt45du3yiz55%29%29...

Not registered at all? Click here to register: http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_register.html
(Please note: This does not allow you to vote tomorrow. There are deadlines before each election)

Hope you can make it to the polls tomorrow! For any other info, visit our Student Voting Guide on the right side menu!

The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes

Don't have time between classes and homework to learn about President Obama's healthcare plan? Learn it in just 4 minutes!

100 Days of President Obama

Come check out "100 Days of President Obama" tonight! It's a student panel discussion about the Obama administration also featuring the Drexel Republicans and Student Liberty Front. Discussion moderated by Prof. Scott Knowles. Q & A to follow.

Starts at 7:30 in Mitchell Auditorium in Bossone (JFK Blvd and Market St)

Dems Endorse Seth Williams for D.A.

We have chosen to endorse Seth Williams as the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia’s upcoming District Attorney race.

The Drexel Democrats voted overwhelmingly in support of Williams because of the range of experience and initiatives that he will bring to the office. The endorsement kicks off three months of support and volunteer efforts for Williams’ campaign in anticipation of the May 19 Democratic primary. For more information about Seth William’s campaign, visit www.votesethwilliams.com.

The endorsement took place following an open forum with the Democratic candidates for District Attorney. The Drexel Democrats co-hosted the forum with the Penn Democrats of the University of Pennsylvania. The forum was held to introduce students to the candidates and their agendas so that a meritorious endorsement could be made.

View the campaign's official press release here: http://www.votesethwilliams.com/sites/default/files/Drexel_Dems_Endorse_...

D.A. Candidates Forum on 2/16

We will be co-hosting, with Penn Dems, an Open Forum with the Democratic Candidates for District Attorney. Here is all of the information:

District Attorney Candidates’ Forum (D.A. Election May 19th)
Monday, February 16th at 5:30 PM
Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall

The Candidates Are:
Seth Williams www.votesethwilliams.com.
Dan McElhatton http://www.votemcelhatton.com/
Michael Turner http://www.turner4da.com/
Brian Grady http://www.votegrady2009.org/
Dan McCaffery http://www.mccafferyforda.com/

Candidates will each receive 2 minutes for opening and closing statements. There will then be a moderated panel for 20-30 minutes and then they will entertain questions from the audience. The event should last about an hour.

This is a very important election in Philadelphia and the District Attorney often goes on to higher elected positions. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) once held the post and Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) was also did prior to becoming Mayor and then Governor.

The Drexel Dems will meet at 5:00pm (no later) outside of the front doors of the Hagerty (Drexel’s) Library. We will then head over to Penn as a group. If you wish to head over on your own or have to come a little late, here is the information on how to get there:

This building is in the Perelman Quadrangle (Between Walnut and Spruce, off of 34th Street, (Enter on Walnut St., across from CVS).
Here are maps that should help:Map - http://www.upenn.edu/admissions/tour/map.php?map=2 Building -http://www.perelmanquad.com/facilities/logan_hall/index.php).

This event promises to be exciting and is very important. It will play a large role in the future of Drexel Dems. Please attend and bring questions!

2/8 Meeting Recap

Thanks to all of you who came out to the meeting tonight. If you did not, you missed a very productive meeting so I'd just like to recap everything we covered.

-We shared inauguration stories and experiences.

-We unanimously voted in favor of endorsing candidates in the future. This provides an opportunity to support a candidate to the fullest extent as an organization and many volunteer opportunities.

-We will be participating/attending an open forum with the 2008 Democratic candidates for District Attorney in the near future. Dates and location TBA. This event will be in conjunction with the Penn Dems and possibly other college democrats. We will endorse a candidate the following Sunday after the forum.

-Leon King, Candidate for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, came and spoke to us about his experience, campaign and the importance of judges and the judicial system in Philadelphia. Visit www.LeonKing.org if you are interested.

-We are in the process of planning voter registration and education drives in anticipation for the May primaries.

-We will be cosponsoring a film event with the Women's Studies program. We will be showing "Iron Jawed Angels", a film about the women's suffrage movement of the 1900's starring Hilary Swank. This event will be held March 13th* at 5pm in Nesbitt 125 (Ruth Auditorium). Free food served. *Note the date change from March 6th.

-We encouraged everyone to sign up for an account on drexeldems.org and feel free to blog about anything politically related.

-Most importantly, we will be participating in an event this Tuesday at 7pm. Our social director, Anna, will be representing us on the "Scrutiny of Marriage" discussion about Prop 8, Same-Sex Marriage, etc. Anna brings experience as a member of her high school's Gay-Straight Alliance and a California native, the home of Prop 8. See blog post below.

Here is the link to the Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47770361798

Panel on Gay Marriage

We will be participating in the following panel discussion This Tuesday, February 10th at 7pm in Disque 103.

This event will be worth CEO credit. Light refreshments will be served.
The Foundation of Undergraduates for Sexual Equality is teaming up with Commuter, Graduate, and Transfer Student Programs and Services to host a discussion panel on same sex marriage and the recently passed California Proposition 8. The panel members are representatives from several Drexel organizations, including:

FUSE, Outlaw, Student Liberty Front, Drexel Democrats, Drexel Republicans, Campus Crusade for Christ.

Our aim is to educate members of the Drexel community about same sex marriage and Prop. 8 while representing all viewpoints on the subject.

View the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47770361798

Renato's Obama Experience

Renato, our Obama intern, recently posted this video on his Facebook and on YouTube. It's an account of his experience and I wanted to post it because it really is an account of all of our experiences too. There's also a few shots of the staging location and of the party truck. Check it out!