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Spring Lobby Weekend: What is it and Why is it Important?

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Spring Lobby Weekend (SLW) is an opportunity for students to learn how to be effective change-makers in society. The weekend takes place over spring break and allows students, no matter their major, to engage in promoting a peaceful solution in Washington D.C..

Each year there is a different topic the students lobby on and this year it is immigration.

Kelly Johnson, a freshman Social Justice Advocacy major from Massachusetts, shares, “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we take action to make sure the people we have elected into office are doing their job to serve the people’s agenda, not just their own.”

“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we take action to make sure the people we have elected into office are doing their job to serve the people’s agenda, not just their own.” – Kelly Johnson, freshman

Kelly Johnson, a freshman Social Justice Advocacy major

Our government is currently facing a large predicament about where they stand on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This executive order was signed by President Obama in 2012. DACA protects minors from deportation who were brought here illegally as children. DACA members, referred to as DREAMers, are able to request consideration from the government for deferred action which lasts two years and can be subject to renewal.

The problem is that President Trump and the new administration want to end DACA. He has a four-pillar plan to persuade the general public. Included in his plan are these four main points: end chain migration, obtain twenty-five billion for a wall along the border and money for enforcements, a pathway for DREAMers, and ending the visa lottery. “Spring Lobby Weekend is the perfect opportunity to show up and tell our elected officials where we stand on immigration. Having a more lenient immigration policy is important to me because strict immigration policies lead to human rights abuses,” Kelly Johnson continues.

Spring Lobby Weekend is important to the Wilmington College campus because it is sponsored by FCNL

Tess Delcamp, student in lobbying class at WC

(Friends Committee on National Legislation). FCNL lobbies Congress to advance peace, social justice, and opportunity to all persons. The organization focuses on Quaker values and inspires students to stand up for diversity. To further prepare students for this life changing experience, Wilmington College has a lobbying class which educates students about the topic they will be lobbying on. This class also teaches students the importance of the trade craft that comes along with lobbying.

Tess Delcamp, a student in the lobbying class on campus, conveys, “I want to lobby on immigration because it is a very important and pertinent issue. Advocacy is important because I am being active while making my voice heard.”

“Advocacy is important because I am being active while making my voice heard.” – Tess Delcamp, student in lobbying course offered at WC

Spring Lobby Weekend commences March 17, 2018 and the Wilmington College campus thanks these brave students for using their Quaker values to create peaceful solutions in Washington D.C..

FCNL link to learn more: https://www.fcnl.org/

Ariana Riccardi
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My name is Ariana Riccardi and I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. I am an avid reader and I love to write. When I am not writing newspaper articles, you can find me watching The West Wing or hanging out with my friends. I am very active on campus. I am apart of the Honors Program, the Peace Corps Prep Program, I am an RA, PR for Amnesty International, SLEB Grand Socials Chair, APB Comedy Chair, a peer mentor, secretary and PR for RSA, Fundraiser Chair for the Relay for Life Committee, Westheimer Peace Symposium board member, It's On Us member, Student Alumni Association, and NASA.

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