FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2017

Contact: Eliana Locke, Press Secretary

elocke2@wisc.edu 443-768-5150

PRESS RELEASE: ALT-RIGHT GROUP FORMED ON UW-MADISON CAMPUS, COLLEGE DEMOCRATS STAND WITH MARGINALIZED GROUPS

MADISON- A new white supremacist, alt-right group, MadisonAFP, has been formed on the UW-Madison campus by a student formerly convicted of attempted arson to predominantly black churches. After the election of Donald Trump has hate crimes on the rise, students of color and other marginalized groups already do not feel safe on our campus and we all collectively have a responsibility to categorically denounce and reject this kind of hatred.

College Democrats of UW-Madison Chair Augie McGinnity-Wake had the following statement:

“The College Democrats of UW Madison denounces any group that does not stand with students of color, LGBTQ+ students, undocumented students, and other marginalized group on campus. We will continue to work towards a campus that is safe and inclusive for all, and we reject any group that attempts to normalize hate. We encourage other organizations on campus to stand with those made to feel unsafe by this rhetoric and will continue to fight against hostility and bigotry on our campus, whether it be in the form of legislative attacks, rape culture, or white supremacy.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6, 2016

Contact: Eliana Locke, Press Secretary

443-768-5150, elocke2@wisc.edu

PRESS RELEASE: WISCONSIN GOP TO PROPOSE CAMPUS CARRY, WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO UW

MADISON- Legislation is planning to be proposed in the Wisconsin State Legislature that, if enacted, will allow concealed carry of firearms in university buildings. The College Democrats of UW-Madison stand firmly in opposition to this legislation and to the representatives that choose to put the interests of the gun lobby ahead of the safety of the students, faculty, and staff of UW schools. Passage of this legislation would be detrimental to the lives of students on our campus, and campuses across Wisconsin. The incredible professors who are responsible for our university consistently ranking among the best in the country may be forced to find jobs elsewhere—at institutions that do not jeopardize their safety and wellbeing. Heated debate and intense discussion may be stifled in classrooms where students are afraid that one moment of frustration could have disastrous, permanent consequences. On a campus with an undeniable drinking culture, the possibility of an intoxicated person having access to a gun in their dorm room is terrifying.  When similar legislation was passed in Utah, the rate of campus sexual assault increased by 50%.

College Democrats of UW-Madison Chair Augie McGinnity-Wake had the following statement:

“The risk of passing campus carry far outweighs its supposed benefits. Guns in the classroom do not make the vast majority of students feel safer; in fact, studies show that the presence of a gun in a room makes people act with more aggression. We urge the State Legislature to show their commitment to our safety by categorically rejecting this dangerous and reckless legislation.”

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