Fall 2019 Newsletter

Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee newsletter

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A s I write this letter, we have just re- ceived an update on the federal lawsuit against Harvard and its unfair sanctions policy. News flash: The judge in the federal case denied Harvard's motion to dismiss. This ruling is a good sign and provides hope that the judge will find Harvard's blacklisting policy violates federal law. The judge's deci- sion creates momentum as we begin our fund- raising work this fall. Make a Gift to FSPAC Timing is everything, and it is time to escalate our efforts as FSPAC supporters. We have just over 100 days to reach our fundraising goals. Please consider this a call to action, as we need $150,000 to reach our goal for the year. Start your engines! Attend a Regional Event I am pleased to report that we had another suc- cessful regional event in Indianapolis, with Rep- resentative Susan Brooks (R-IN/AOP) updating us on her efforts to advocate on our behalf in Congress. The next event will be in Dallas on October 28 in conjunction with our fall FSPAC board meeting. More information is available on the back page of this newsletter and at www. fspac.org. Please make plans to attend if you are in the area. Acts Affecting Greek Life As you are aware, we are on a mission to ad- vance the Collegiate Freedom of Association Act (HR 3128) in one form or another. The CFAA would allow students the right to freely the Fraternity and Sorority P O L I T I C A L A C T I O N C O M M I T T E E AΒΓ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ O P Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω Fall 2019 Preserving the Greek experience for future generations of student leaders Act Now to Further LegisLAtioN VitAL to greek commuNity FSPAC BY THE NUMBERS Fundraising Goal: Received in 2019: Contributions to Date: $1.4 million $494, 000 $674, 460 2019-2020 Election Cycle (Pledges and cash gifts). join any single-sex association without penalties from universities or colleges. We are working diligently with members of Congress to have it inserted into the forthcoming Higher Education Reauthorization Act. The CFAA currently has 25 sponsors in the House of Representatives. Rep- resentatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ/ΣΧ), both Harvard graduates, are our co-lead sponsors of the bill. Fraternity and sorority leaders nationwide are working hard to secure co-sponsors for the bill in the Senate. The END ALL Hazing Act (HR 3267) has 16 co-sponsors thus far in the House of Represen- tatives. This Act requires any college and or uni- versity to report to campus police and law en- forcement within 72 hours any hazing incident that "involves serious bodily injury or significant risk of serious bodily injury of a student." We ex- pect to see a Senate version of the bill introduced in September. The REACH Act (HR 662/S 706) has gained support over recent months—with 67 House co-sponsors and six co-sponsors of the Senate version. Introduced in January 2019, this bill would require institutions of higher education to disclose hazing incidents. Our lead sponsors are Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH/ΔΣΘ) in the House and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the Senate. I hope that this short summary of legislative is- sues vitally important to the Greek community has been helpful to you. We Need Your Help Before I close, I need to ask for your help on two fronts. One, please share this information with your sorority sisters and fraternity brothers and ask for their support. It is critical that we get more people engaged to help make members of Con- gress aware of the situations and communicate the urgency for passage of these important piec- es of legislation. Please encourage your sisters and brothers to contact key members of Con- gress who are sympathetic and supportive of our causes. The future of fraternities and sororities is impacted by these policy debates. Two, please continue your support of FSPAC and encourage your friends to do likewise. Mo- mentum is with us, and the time to act is now. I hope I can count on you. Let's work together to get things accomplished this fall! Interfraternally, Howard C. Pickett, ΣΝ FSAC President President Howard Pickett, ΣΝ, speaking on key leg- islative issues and the value of supporting FSPAC.

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