Writing at CampusReform.org, reporter Mariana Barillas noted that the Democratic Party may be encountering difficulty in engaging young Millennial voters in the current presidential race. In a July 24 report, Barillas said that noted speakers such as Democratic Vice Chair Donna Brazile spoke to a nearly empty hallt at the annual conference of College Democrats of America.
 
The conference began on July 22 and continued until July 25. Barillas observed the conference for several hours on July 24.
 
Brazile used a prop to emphasize a point during her speech. Pointing to an empty chair, Brazile called on the youthful activists to fill “this seat.” She said that she has been politically active since an early age. However, she admitted that she has yet to endorse any Democratic Party presidential candidates.
 
During the conference, Ashley Spillane of RockTheVote said that the current crop of candidates is uninspiring, while observing that voters are frustrated by politics. Also on hand was HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
 
The event was held at University of the District of Columbia, a community college in Northwest DC. It is the first time that the College Democrats have met on the campus of a community college. 
 
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was among the speakers. On July 22, Gillibrand fielded question about Lesbian and Gay issues, as well as women’s rights. Among the bills she is supporting is The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which is intended to remove discrimination against LGBT parents by adoption agencies. In breakout sessions at the conference, among the issues raised was which pronouns members of the LGBT community (he,she) prefer to use.
 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) spoke on the evening of July 23, blaming Republicans for the downfall of the middle class. Said the former professor, “The game is rigged. Washington works great if you are a millionaire or a billionaire or are a giant corporation….Washington works great if you hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers. Washington works great if you are a certain race, a certain gender or a certain economic status. But Washington is not working for millions of the people across this country, and it’s up to us to change that.” 
 
In the same vein, Warren said “This country isn’t working for working people, it is working only for those at the top. That is not the American dream, that is the American nightmare,” while she discussed the rising cost of post-secondary education and the inability of all families to afford it based on income inequality. 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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