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New Form of Passive Resistance!

Travis Washington -

"I received a bachelor's degree in University studies with a minor in Africana studies, and Speech Communication from SIUC. During my undergraduate I was president of College Democrats. I lead 1,500 students on my campus to the voter polls. I did a press conference with U.S Senator Durbin, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon where I talked about the budget stalemate hurting the university. My Senior year I was and intern in the Springfield House of representatives. I research and work on multiple legislation. The bills that stick out Commuter tax, $15 minimum wage bill, and my report on pharmaceutical company abuse was read during a committee hearing.

While Travis Interned under the president of the University of SIUC. I had Senate budget hearing in front of the state appropriations committee, members of SIU’s administration defended an appropriation. This gave me the opportunity to speak before the house of representatives in the state to defend funding for education. Lastly, I’m the creator of the “Hands Up Act”. This bill will enforce a 15 year mandatory prison sentence if a police officer shoots someone unarmed. The policy has received more than 395,000 signatures. My interviews with Daily Egyptian broke a record for the most shares in school history. The goal is to make the “Hands Up Act’ the Federal Law of the land.

 

I asked Travis some questions to better understand this act

1. So what exactly is the Hands Up Act?

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2. What particular event occurred that pushed/motivated you to make a change by starting this movement?

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3. How do you plan on tacking police brutally through this form of passive activism?

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4. Through history the black community has debated and practiced dealing with brutality passively and actively (fighting fire with fire). Why do you believe that this form of peaceful surrendering would be the best solution?

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5. What are the possible risks that we can face by going a route that leaves us vulnerable and defenseless?

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6. What outcomes are you hoping to achieve from this movement?

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7. How do you plan on uplifting our community through this movement?

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8. What can we do to help this movement come to fruition? (sign the petition, etc.)

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