Issue Advocacy: Minimum Wage

The young people of Iowa deserve a raise. The current hourly minimum wage in Iowa matches the federal minimum wage at $7.25, or the lowest it can legally be. Many students and young people work low-wage jobs in order to pay for food, rent, books, and tuition, and much, much more. People often assume that while it may be difficult for adults to live on minimum wage, students can live…

January Issue: Unemployment Insurance

January Issue: Unemployment Insurance

In 2013, 2.5 million American workers were kept out poverty while looking for jobs thanks to the help of unemployment insurance. These weekly benefits ensured that Americans trying to find work in our ever-tightening job market could continue to put food on the table and heat their homes. However, on December 28, unemployment insurance expired for 1.3 million people. Without action from Congress these people will be faced with an…

Letter to the Editor Template: Education

Student Loans Letter to the Editor Template: [Date] My name is [name], and I’m a  [year] studying [major] at the [institution]. I love learning at this [positive adjective] school for so many reasons: [a few reasons why you love the your school]. Without the help of student loans, I wouldn’t be able to afford my education. With the costs of rising tuition, books, and cost of living, higher education is…

How Student Loans Helped Me

How Student Loans Helped Me

  Before going into college, I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for it. I didn’t want my parents to have to borrow money in order to pay for my education. I applied for scholarships and received a few, but it still wasn’t enough. If it weren’t for federally subsidized loan programs, I’d be facing sizably more debt in two years when I graduate. It is these low…

UDems go to Jefferson Jackson Dinner

UDems go to Jefferson Jackson Dinner

On November 2, 2013, several current and past members of the University Democrats of Iowa executive board had the opportunity to attend the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. We arrived in Des Moines around 6:00 PM and checked out the candidate and issue booths until the program began at 7:00 PM. Almost all of the candidates for governor, senate and the first congressional district had booths. One candidate that…

November Issue: Education

November Issue: Education

As a young child stories were recounted to me about the difficulties many people from other countries face when trying to further their education.  My parents told stories about a young boy who had to drop out of school just to take care of his family whilst working two jobs.  I heard another story about a young girl who graduated top of her high school class and sought to attend…

CYDI Fall Conference Recap

CYDI Fall Conference Recap

College Democrats from across the state of Iowa “stormed” the campus of Simpson College Saturday for the College and Young Democrats of Iowa’s 2013 Fall Conference, the first time the state federation has held a conference at Simpson. “Simpco Dems” hosted the conference in the nearly new Kent Campus Center at Simpson where the conference focused on chapter building, event planning, issue advocacy, and building your personal story. There was…

Urge the House to Pass Immigration Reform

Urge the House to Pass Immigration Reform

On June 27, the Senate passed its version of an immigration reform bill with overwhelming bipartisan support (68 Senators voted in favor of it). The bill is now stuck in the House, and although the road to its passage will be long, CYDI is optimistic that immigration reform will become law. That does not mean, however, that we have or will remain idle. On July 8, we hosted an immigration…