The University Democrats of The University of Virginia announced their counter-action agenda in response to President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office Thursday, according to the Cavalier Daily, the student newspaper.
The University Democrats are affiliated with the national Democratic Party, and work to facilitate local and statewide races. The group’s objective is “to inform students and the community about the values of the Democratic Party,” the group’s website asserts.
To that end, Democratic students at UVA created their “first 100 days” action plan to help students oppose Trump, and a lot of the entries are weak at best.
“In recognition of Donald Trump’s plans for his first 100 days, the University Democrats at UVA have prepared our own list of 100 concrete actions to complete,” the group wrote on the action page.
“Over the next 100 days, the University Democrats will provide ample opportunities to complete these actions for all who wish to do so. We hope that you will join us in confronting the challenges before us, because we are, and always will be, stronger together.”
Some of the items, like “Contact your representatives” and “read the Democratic Party platform” aim to get more students involved in the political process, but others betray the bubble that a majority of Democratic students at UVA occupy.
“Participate in ‘the SNAP challenge’ for a day” encourages UVA students to only spend the same amount of money on food as the average family on food stamps for a single day. Another item on the checklist is to “donate to a charity” and watch a series of documentaries on Netflix.
UVA Democrats also urge members to “make a political piece of art,” “buy a political bumper sticker,” and “ask a University employee how their day has been” in order to fight Trump’s agenda in the White House.
“There’ll be sweeping changes and executive orders, which we’ve already seen, and starting to set policy and goal agendas,” UVA Democrats President Brett Curtis told the Cavalier Daily.
“That really sets the tone, so it’s incumbent to the minority in both the House, Senate and in the presidential administration to makes their voices and ideas and requests and goals just as importantly heard.”
Curtis asserts that the list acts as a way to encourage civic involvement among students, and ends the 100-point checklist with the somewhat meta “Make a list of 100 actions to accomplish in the next 100 days of the Trump administration.”
University Democrats did not immediately return a request for comment.
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