A recent student government recommendation to boot Salvation Army donation boxes off the UC Berkeley campus has been met with silence from administrators, so student politicians have decided to press the issue.
In particular, student Senator Nolan Pack said he plans to send a letter to the chancellor this week to “pressure the campus to urge it to break all ties with the charity,” The Daily Californian reported.
Pack is a “CalSERVE” senator. The group, according to its website, “is a community organization that runs candidates through the (Berkeley student government) as a means to create student empowerment, social consciousness, and social justice.”
The student senate passed its anti-Salvation Army bill in late November, claiming the nonprofit discriminates against homosexuals. The organization has denied the charges.
The bill was co-sponsored by more than 20 student representatives and groups, including the Cal Berkeley Democrats and Queer Alliance and Resource Center, according to The Daily Cal, which reported Tuesday that campus officials have been silent on the legislation since its passage.
Pack’s letter is expected to change that.
“Matthew Enger, the communications director for CalSERVE and author of the bill, said the university will respond because Pack is an elected representative of the student body,” The Daily Californian reports. “As an elected official, he has a platform to ask the administration about policies. Even if the administration isn’t willing to give a response now, I believe in time they will because there are too many people in the student body who care about this issue to just let it lie.”
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