On November 16, 2017, the Law & Politics Society Club (LPS) hosted a panel at Reed Science Hall. The event was a forum discussing how legislation is passed, how to communicate with a representative, and the impact of peaceful protesting on public policy issues. The LPS, the Capitol Hill Gang (CHG), and the Social Justice Club all teamed up to provide different insights and perspectives.
“We want people to take this information and use it for things that they care about. The event is focused on activism…Just because people say they are young, they can still get involved, and I want to give them the skills and tips to get involved,” President of LPS, Corrie Stout said, a senior political science and history major.
The event encouraged students to become more active in state and community government by showing them how much our vote and voice can impact our representatives and laws. Anyone can get involved, whether they’re sending an email to their local representatives, calling them, visiting their office, exercising their first amendment rights by participating in a peaceful protest, showing up to a town hall meeting, or volunteering for any organization they’re passionate about.
“I was first interested in CHG because I’m a public policy major, so I love discussing policy issues and possible solutions. Last year was also an election year, and CHG was very involved in watching debates and working through the candidates’ platforms. Also, the people there are super cool, and I got to know them right away,” senior Jackie Reif said.
Capitol Hill Gang meets on Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. They construct open debates on a current hot topic in politics (anything from foreign policy to free college). The primary purpose of this is to educate themselves on both sides of an issue, and they frequently have good discussions even after the debate is over. It’s a great way to get people talking about politics because it creates an environment where it isn’t a social faux pas. The clubs occasionally host events and work cooperatively with Law and Politics Society.
“Sometimes it could be overwhelming seeing things that you care about, but you don’t know how to make the change. This could benefit students because it could be hard to know where to start to make a change, and I think it’s beneficial to know how to get involved. I got interested in the club because I am a political science and political policy major, and I am interested in going to law school, so I wanted to find different clubs that would connect to what I want to” junior Amanda Spriggs said.
On November 28-29, CHG is preparing for and participating in a mock trial, and on December 3, LPS is hosting a ball that will include fun games and dancing in the Warming House. Even if you are not a member of the club or have nothing in common with the major, you are still able to get involved.
“What I want to do with this club [LPS] is to work with people and help them with political issues. The change starts with us, and I want people to know that and help fight for what they believe in and how to use their political voice. They won’t know how to do that if they don’t know anything about politics. I want to be able to help them understand how to use this skill,” Stout said.