Thursday, April 10, 2008
CALL ON THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN TO REINSTATE LOYAL YOUNG DEMOCRATIC LEADERS
California Young Democrats
For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 10, 2008
Contact: Claire Conlon, CYD Communications Director, (916) 266-1006, email@example.com
CALIFORNIA YOUNG DEMOCRATS
CALL ON THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN
TO REINSTATE LOYAL YOUNG DEMOCRATIC LEADERS
AS DELEGATE CANDIDATES
The California Young Democrats (CYD) expressed dismay and disappointment over the large numbers of young activists "pruned" by the Obama campaign from the list of eligible delegates for this weekend's Democratic National Convention delegate selection caucuses.
"Lots of young activists are being shut out of their first opportunity to go to a convention as a delegate. Many of these volunteers have spent weeks setting up Facebook groups, organizing friends, family, and fellow organizers to come to the caucuses, to register as Democrats, and get them to vote,” said Rocky Fernandez, President of the California Young Democrats. “This is on top of the volunteer work many did and the money and time spent traveling to other states to support the Obama campaign."
CYD urged many of its members to get active on the presidential campaigns, and lobbied the state Party to set an ambitious 10% youth goal for its delegation. This is the highest state goal in the nation.
Over 60% of the Obama youth activists were cut from the final lists just days before the caucuses.
The California Young Democrats strongly urge the Obama campaign to reinstate the loyal young Democratic leaders as candidates for this Sunday’s elections.