College Students Team Up To Urge Manchin To Support For The People Act | Tuesday News
FAIRMONT – West Virginia University students are joining together to urge U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, DWVa., To support the For The People Act that was introduced in Congress.
A new chapter of a group called “A-PAC” has been started at Fairmont State University, led by senior Zachary Fancher. According to a press release. “Un-PAC is a student and youth organization coming together to mend our shattered democracy by taking a lot of money out of politics.”
“Fixing our democracy is not a partisan issue,” said Fancher, founder of Un-PAC Fairmont State. “After learning the law for the people, I knew that the students in my school had to participate in the passage of this existential bill. Today West Virginia lost a seat in Congress, and we all know why.
“Young people understand that our government is not working for us. We will continue to flee our state as long as corporations and the ultra-rich have control over our politics and our opportunities remain fleeting. Senator Manchin can define his legacy in saving our democracy and demonstrate that he stands by our side, against corruption and for a truly bipartisan bill, supporting the law for the people.
Last week, the West Virginia University Student Government Association voted to pass a resolution supporting the For The People Act. The day before, the Marshall University Student Government Association also unanimously passed a similar resolution in support of the bill. These LGAs collectively represent over 29,000 West Virginians in the two schools.
Otherwise known as House Resolution 1 or Senate Bill 1, the bills call for various finance and voting rights reforms. None of the West Virginia senators have yet co-sponsored the bill, although the vast majority of West Virginians support its components (58% support, 13% don’t know and 29% oppose), according to a recent one. Data for Progress survey.
“One of the main reasons I supported President Trump is that he was right: we need to drain the swamp. This is what passing the For The People Act would do, ”said Jacqueline Bonar, SGA member and WVU student. “The root of too many problems we face here in West Virginia is our broken democracy. We have to get a lot of money out of politics and make it easier for everyone to vote, and I hope Senator Joe Manchin knows that if he is to win the support of young Tories like me, he has to make sure that this bill is adopted.
Un-PAC is a statewide organization that works to ensure that students and youth in West Virginia are involved in advocacy for the For The People Act.
This group believes that fixing democracy is the only way to get Congress to address pressing issues facing Western Virginians, such as the opioid crisis and crippling student debt. Un-PAC employs dozens of students and youth organizers who are leading efforts to get the For The People Act passed on their campuses and in their communities, and has a presence at WVU, Marshall University, the Fairmont State University, West Virginia State University, and several high schools.