Thursday, April 20, 2006

April 20, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: J. Bruno, B. Garrett, D. Riczo, A. Rogers (CRNC Visitor)

I. CRNC Visitor
- Ashley Rogers of the College Republican National Committee met with the group to talk about our efforts and plans for next fall and Election '06.
- AR provided ideas for recruitment and voter registration efforts, and offered the group some materials for publicity.
- AR commented on our nice website.

II. Debate On Capital Punishment
- Thursday, April 27, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
- West Lecture Hall.
- CRs Speaker (from Ohio AG's Office) will argue in favor of capital punishment.
- Debate will be recorded and possibly filmed.

III. Update on Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series

- John Fund will be speaking May 2 in West Lecture Hall.
- Flyers will be done soon.
- Will try to get the lecture recorded for our records and to make available online.

IV. Lorain County GOP Pizza Party
- Party to be held in Lorain, OH on April 27.
- D. Arredondo gave us four tickets when he visited last week.
- JB, DR, and BG will attend, and will invite one other CR.

V. T-Shirts
- Discussed T-Shirts.
- BG will do more research and report back next week.

VI. OCIR Statement
- Oberlin Coalition for Im/migrant Right (OCIR) asked the CRs to sign on to their statement on immigration reform.
- Statement reads, in part, "We oppose racist and xenophobic legislation, such as the recent HR4437, which criminalizes im/migrants..."
- JB expressed that the GOP, too, is against "racist and xenophobic legislation," but stressed that (although the Oberlin CRs have no official position on the bill) HR4437 would make it a felony not to have immigrated, but to have immigrated illegally. That very important distinction was never made in the OCIR statement.
- CRs voted unanimously not to sign on to the statement.