May 2016 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...DEMOCRACY SPRING/AWAKENING...ENVIRONMENT INTERNSHIP...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...$1,000,000...MONEY ON MY MIND...FACTS YOU CAN USE... CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT – EMERSON COLLEGE DM chapters everywhere celebrated Earth Day April 22nd. But Emerson College DMers took it one step further, hosting an exciting premier for their great new video, “Money in Politics & the Environment.” It dramatically highlights the connections between big campaign donors and environmental degradation. (Also see “Facts You Can Use” below). Led by Cabot Petoia, Emerson DM also registered new voters, helped get out the vote for the Massachusetts primary, and produced a second great video, “Student Loans: A Story of Corruption.” Go Emerson! Video: Big Money in Politics & the Environment Video: Student Loans: A Story of Corruption DEMOCRACY SPRING/DEMOCRACY AWAKENING When the fight for money out of politics and voting rights took to the streets, Democracy Matters ... Continue Reading

Student Debt

Wealthy people gain political influence by making large campaign contributions. The opposite is also true. Those who do not fund office-seekers can expect to be disregarded at decision-making time. This political precept is particularly applicable when it comes to young people and students. Survey data do not exist to indicate how much money young people contribute to political campaigns. But we do know that far fewer of them make contributions of any size than is the case for older people. In 2012 (the last year for which data are available) 7 percent of people 21 years or younger donated to political campaigns. That percentage for people older than 21 was more than double – 15 percent. With that the case, it is not surprising that issues of importance to those under 21 will be neglected. Because students do not provide campaign funds, support by state and local governments for something very important to ... Continue Reading