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Casey Stanton, MDiv, Duke University

Lydia Anderson-Dana, JD, UC Berkley School of Law

Helene Holstein, MA, American University

Meredith Ulle, BA, University of Notre Dame

Grace Pettey, BA, University of Notre Dame

Meg Mannix, BA, University of Notre Dame

Sara Plasencia, BA, Lafayette College

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We the people.

Watch President Obama's full State of the Union Speech here.

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After leaving DCS in 2011, she worked as the Program Liaison for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Washington, D.C., where she coordinated 100+ visits per year from ICRC officials on issues of international humanitarian law.

She then returned to her native West Coast in 2013 to begin law school at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she has worked on asylum and other immigration issues in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She is currently the Senior Executive Editor for the California Law Review and spent the summer working at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in Portland, Oregon (where she grew up).

She loved working for DCS, which gave her a great set of writing, editing, and client relationship skills that have helped her enormously as she begins her legal career.
After leaving DCS, Pia Nargundkar interned at the Center for American Progress and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee before landing in political polling – first at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and currently at Anzalone Liszt Grove Research.

As a political pollster, Pia has provided messaging and targeting guidance to Democratic campaigns up and down the ballot, from President to State House, and all across the country, from Hawaii to Virginia. But she is proudest of her work to move public opinion on various progressive issues, including marriage equality, women's health and economic rights, and criminal justice reform.

Pia is incredibly grateful for the 1.5 years she spent at DCS, under the tutelage of Gerry and Colleen Kavanaugh, and the guidance they have provided throughout her career.

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DCS is happy to announce the launch of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty's new website!

Not only can her constituents navigate her sleek new website on their desktop, but they can also do so easily on their smartphones or tablets using the mobile version of the website!

Check out Congresswoman Esty's new website and contact us today to get your own mobile ready website!

"For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."

“This is the greatest lesson a child can learn. It is the greatest lesson anyone can learn. It has been the greatest lesson I have learned: if you persevere, stick w/it, work @ it, you have a real opportunity to achieve something. Sure, there will be storms along the way. And you might not reach your goal right away. But if you do your best and keep a true compass, you'll get there.” 
“The state of a family's health should never depend on the size of a family's wealth”
“For all those whose cares
have been our concern,
the work goes on,
the cause endures,
the hope still lives,
and the dream shall never die.”- Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic convention 1980

As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of Selma  it is fitting to also remember to words of Fr. Ted Hesburgh, former President of the University of Notre Dame and  the 1st Chairman of the Civil Rights commission who passed away last month.

“The second phase of this civil rights revolution is still largely before us, and is more difficult, because it requires the passage from national to inpidual conscience in recognizing all these rights, and also involves the assumption by all Americans, whatever their color, of the long-range responsibility of living what we profess: to make full, responsible, and intelligent use of these rights, to do in the privacy of each of our lives what we profess in public as Americans. The second phase is largely educational, while the first phase was largely protest. The first phase gave quick results. The second phase will call on all our religious, educational, and social resources to come to full fruition. And it will call for much more courage, patience, perseverance, and understanding. The second phase must move family by family, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city, state by state to accomplish on the local scene what has been proclaimed on the national scene. This is where each of you comes in, as responsible, educated, inpidual human beings. This is why each of you is so terribly important. You may or may not have been among the chosen few who moved the first phase of this revolution. The second phase cannot move without each of you. You must become involved or the second phase will fail.”

—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Each intern comes from a unique background that will be valuable to DCS. Please read their bios below to learn more.

Join us in extending a heartfelt welcome to Meg and Anya!

Hi! My name is Meg Mannix and I am a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame. I am majoring in International Economics and Political Science and I will be studying abroad in France next spring. I am very excited for the opportunity to work at DCS Congressional this summer!

Hello there! My name is Anya Kelly and I’m a rising Junior at Lafayette College studying International Affairs and Spanish Language. Because of my two majors, I have taken numerous extensive writing courses that have strengthened my communicative skills—I’m excited to apply them at DCS! While I’m originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively with my both family and by myself. Next spring I will be continuing my study of the Spanish Language by studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m incredibly excited to begin my internship with DCS!

DCS is excited to announce the launch of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's new website. DCS worked closely with Congresswoman Gabbard's office to achieve an easy-to-use, constituent-focused website that also reflects the beauty of Hawai'i's 2nd District.

DCS is excited to announce the launch of Congressman Mike McIntyre's new website. DCS worked to give Congressman McIntyre's site a clean, modern look while keeping a strong focus on the issues and resources that matter most to the people of North Carolina's 7th District.

DCS is excited to announce the launch of Congressman Bennie Thompson's new website. DCS worked to give Congressman Thompson's site a bright, updated look while maintaining an easy-to-use layout that quickly directs constituents to important and relevent resources.

DCS is excited to announce the launch of Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards' website. DCS worked to give Congresswoman Edwards' site a fresh, vibrant look while maintaining a user-friendly layout with constituent needs in mind.

DCS is excited to announce the launch of Congressman Filemon Vela's website. DCS worked with Congressman Vela’s office to build a clean design that reflected TX-34’s priorities in an easy-to-use layout.