Saturday, August 25, 2007

UM College Democrats need YOUR help!

"Building the Next Generation of Democrats"
2007 University of Memphis College Democrats Fundraiser
Monday August 27, 2007 – 7:00 p.m.
Fresh Slices

1585 Overton Park , Memphis, Tn 38112

Host Committee
Congressman Steve Cohen, Chair
Jim Strickland, Co-Chair
Chip Armstrong, Co-Chair

Dear Supporter,
With the 2008 presidential election approaching, it is vital that the youth becomes actively involved in the political process. As college students, we understand that our participation in the upcoming presidential election will be more important than ever, as we have the opportunity to elect officials that will represent and uphold the values of the Democratic Party at both the state and the national level. We need to make sure that we gain more seats in Congress, and put a Democrat in the White House to repair the damage caused by eight years of the Bush administration.

During the 2006 election, the College Democrats at the University of Memphis played a vital role in increasing voter turnout on campus and its surrounding areas. The College Democrats helped elect Steve Mulroy to the County Commission, causing the Democrats' recent takeover of the County Commission. Members of the College Democrats served as staff on both Harold Ford, Jr.'s Senate campaign and Steve Cohen's congressional campaign. Combined, these campaigns enjoyed over forty interns and numerous volunteers. Over 100 college students knocked on doors for Steve Cohen's campaign and the rest of the Democratic ticket in the 2006 general election. We plan on working even harder in the upcoming 2008 election, and we hope to establish an internship program that will work directly for the party when they will need us the most.

A top priority of the University of Memphis College Democrats is to raise the funds and resources that will enable us to continue our efforts in helping to elect Democrats and cultivate new leadership. This year's fundraiser will take place on August 27 th at Fresh Slices in the Evergreen Historic District. The funds raised in this event will be used primarily to promote voter outreach efforts on and off campus, volunteer recruitment, canvassing, grassroots volunteer training seminars, GOTV events, internship programs, organizational meetings, and all the administrative costs that these tasks entail.

In advance, we thank you for the time and the effort that you have already invested in us, and we look forward to working with you in our support for the Democratic Party.

The University of Memphis College Democrats
John R. Marek, President Fall '05-Summer '07
Michael Lipe, President Fall '07
Jon Paul Hataway, Vice President Fall '05-Summer '07
Kate Mauldin, Vice President Fall '07

Suggested Contribution: $50
RSVP or more information please contact John Marek (901) 351-7695 or

If you cannot attend, but you would still like to contribute to the University of Memphis College Democrats, please send your contributions to:
The University of Memphis College Democrats
2257 Nelson Ave
Memphis, TN 38104


leftwingcarolinablue said...

I could be picky and raise a couple of questions, but I wish them well. Have they thougth of some type opf concerted effort with ASU folks to increase turnout in the "Mid-Delta" region? Arkansas and Tennessee, with effort, can be won agin and with them, we have a much better chance to win the White House.

John Marek said...

I wouldn't mind speaking with the President of the ASU College Democrats if you could direct me to that person. I would love to help them get internship programs set up on campus so that they can have a strong canvassing team in 08.

Michael Lipe said...

I agree with John that we need to work with schools all around this region to build up College Democrats. Maybe a round table discussion with the presidents of the College Dems from around the region to open the lines of communication and share ideas on getting students involved.