Naked Protesters Crowd Boehner’s Office; DREAM Alternative Proposed in Senate
Naked Protesters Crowd Speaker's Office. On Tuesday, seven naked protesters flooded Speaker Boehner's Longworth House Office. Covered in body paint that read slogans like AIDS CUTS KILL and chanting, "Boehner, Boehner, don't be a dick. Budget cuts will make us sick." The protestors were demonstrating against a proposed $1.2 billion fiscal cliff budget cut to HIV/AIDS funding. The debacle ended after police threatened to arrest the protesters for indecent exposure. Three female protesters were taken into custody. [HuffPo College]
University of Tennessee Students Fed Up With Flyers. The University of Tennessee's student newspaper The Daily Beacon received an interesting letter from a freshman concerned with the gross amount of protests and organization flyers passed out in between classes. This "harassment," according to the letter's author Mary Latham, not only makes students late to class and distracts them from their schoolwork, but also results in increased pollution. "These organizations should realize what the college student really wants: the freedom to walk to class without having someone's opinion or the interests of a club forced upon them." Latham proposes a university-wide ban on passing out leaflets, and that groups who refuse should be banned from campus activities or escorted off campus. The university has not released a response to Latham's letter. [The Daily Beacon]
First Ever "Millennial Impact Challenge" Winners Announced. IgniteGOOD Millennial Impact Challenge, a first-time competition for young innovators and thinkers 30 years old or younger, announced its 10 winners on Tuesday. To enter, entrants pitched a "solution to a pressing social challenge, while specifying how they will inspire other Millennials to rally behind their worthy cause." The 10 winners— 5 chosen by a group of Generation Y experts and 5 chosen by public vote on Huffington Post— will receive a Millennial Impact Grant worth $10,000 to help their visions become reality. [HuffPo]
GOP Senators Propose DREAM Act Alternative. Three GOP Senators have proposed an alternative to the DREAM Act that would grant legal permanent residency to young undocumented immigrants. Senators McCain (Ariz.), Kyl (Ariz.), and Hutchison (Tex.) sponsor the bill, known as the Achieve Act, that would encourage young undocumented immigrants to either seek higher education or enlist in the military in order to achieve legal residency— but not citizenship. The Achieve Act would grant a new visa for undocumented people under 28 years old who have no serious criminal history, who agree not to seek government benefits (including federal student loans), and who were brought to the US before age 14. After completing their schooling or military service, these young undocumented people would apply for a work visa and then, after four years, would be eligible to apply for a visa granting them permanent legal residency. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the author and primary driver of the DREAM Act, admits that although none of the GOP Senators approached him with their plan before its introduction, he "appreciate[s] their efforts to help." [Washington Post]
Jennifer Hicks is a Communications Intern for Campus Progress.