Sonoma State Star
By Kelly Fitch
May 7, 2012
Democracy Matters is a student led national organization with 38 campus chapters nationwide. Democracy Matters at Sonoma State University plans campus events around the issue of getting money out of politics and people back in.
Democracy Matters was started in the Fall of 2011 but was at the time not a charted club.
They had little resources to work with and very little name recognition. Now that Democracy Matters is a charted club, more and more people know who they are and they are making an increasing impact on campus and the political sphere.
Brandi Robinson, the founder and president of Democracy Matters, explains how when she started the club, there was very little civic engagement and political activism going on at SSU, and it has been great to engage students who may have never been politically involved before using their voice and take action.
“It has been really exciting to see the club grow from nothing into something,” said Robinson.
Robinson has been involved with political activism and organizing for a long time, but explains how starting an organization from the ground up was a new and difficult challenge for her, but will take the skills she uses to help her career in the future.
“I learned a lot about how to effectively get my message out, how to engage people in political actions, and how to plan and coordinate political campaigns,” said Robinson.
Democracy Matters is always looking for new members to help further the cause. Currently, the club has six students, but generally they have about 20 students who participate in each club event. The club meets every Monday in Charlie Browns. Since Robinson is graduating, Kimberly Soeiro will be taking over as president.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about Democracy Matters, contact Soeiro at
or visit their Facebook site. Also, to get more information about the National Organization, check out the website: www.democracymatters.org.