Ben Slightom, junior architecture and philosophy major, was one of many students gathered in the Alexander M. Bracken Library on Jan. 30 for the event 'Call Your Members of Congress' organized by Muncie Resistors, a collective group of people striving to preserve democracy and advocate for social justice in the sixth district. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to call U.S. and state senators and representatives to urge them to stop Indiana's SB 285, the Devos Confirmation, the ACA Repeal and the Muslim ban. Reagan Allen // DN
Ball State students call for action from members of congress
Following President Trump's recent executive order on immigration, one graduate student felt a grassroots event — called "Call Your Members of Congress" — could potentially change future political outcomes.
"I recognize that it can be a little intimidating to contact your
A variety of Ball State students, alumni and employees attended the event to call their representatives about certain topics that are on the state and national political agendas, including Senate Bill 285, Betsy Devos' Confirmation, the Affordable Care Act repeal and the current immigration ban.
Women's and gender studies instructor Cheri Ellefson attended the event and said she felt strongly about Senate Bill 285 — which would put restrictions on protestors — calling it "ridiculous" and "unnecessary."
"It has already been demonstrated that the protesters have acted peacefully and also in cooperation with the police, so it's just more unnecessary legislation wasting people's time," Ellefson said."You have to have a permit to even have a protest, and this one, obviously the people behind the scenes worked very hard to make sure the permit happened and that was the same in every single city where there was a protest."
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"I'm worried about how my own family will be affected by the kinds of restrictions on personal rights and public liberties that the new administration seems to be bent on pushing forward," Slightom said. "Education is in for an incredibly tough time, not only in the state of Indiana but the country."
Although callers left messages on their congressional representative's phones after hours, Hendershot said she's determined to hold another similar event in the future.
"With the political climate within the past year, I think