The Committee on Sponsoring Organizations just gave official recognition to a new student group, Democracy For America at Dartmouth, whose primary aims include
establishing a chapter of the national organization of Democracy For America (Burlington, VT) for Dartmouth students, in order to pursue a range of projects focused on activist training, candidate recruitment, and sponsorship of progressive academic causes and speakers on campus.
Though it will focus on advancing the causes of social progressivism and fiscal responsibility, and will endorse political candidates who embody these ideals, DFA Dartmouth, or "Dartmouth For Democracy," will be oriented not so much around political parties but around issues and activism, like the greater DFA itself, which was an offshoot of Howard Dean's presidential primary campaign, and somewhat like America Coming Together and MoveOn.org.
I know this because I was at the COSO meeting speaking for DFA Dartmouth.
Sarah Ayres '06 is the founder of DFA Dartmouth.