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Campus Activists Advocate Against Candidate’s Ideas



UCSB’s Pro-Choice Students for Boxer will rally on behalf of Senator Barbara Boxer this week at the Arbor.

Campaign members will place wire hangers around campus next Monday at 5 p.m. in order to demonstrate Carly Fiorina’s — Boxer’s opponent in the upcoming November Senate elections — extreme pro-life views. The group will partner with The Feminist Majority, Associate Students Womyn’s Commission, Campus Democrats and Lois Capps’ campaign to initiate discussion about women’s health issues on campus.

The group will table at the Arbor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.

UCSB alumna Monica Ruiz, who works for the Feminist Majority, said the movement is meant to encourage political discussion about the upcoming Nov. 2 elections, not indoctrinate people.

“It’s different, we’re hoping it will get people’s attention,” Ruiz said. “It’s more about getting the word out there than changing people’s minds.”

Additionally, Ali Tweten, one of the leaders of the statewide campaign at the Feminist Majority, said the wire hanger demonstration is supposed to reflect the conditions women faced when abortion was illegal. The hangers represent the poor methods women resorted to when performing home abortions.

“Before Roe v. Wade, this was real,” Tweten said. “We don’t want to go back to the days of back-alley abortions.”

However, Cathy Dominski, a first-year psychology major, said she is skeptical that the events will foster much dialogue.

“I think it’s fair,” says Dominski. “[However] It’s a bit far-fetched though and makes [Boxer] come off like a dramatic politician.”

Furthermore, campus campaign coordinator Taylor O’Connor, an alumna, said she hopes the group’s actions will encourage people to adopt more enlightened opinions about abortion.

“We want to make a bold statement on how important this is for women’s health,” she said.

Additionally, O’Connor said Boxer’s platforms on immigration, the environment and marriage equality reflect the opinions of the voters in the state.

“Once Californians see her positions, [they will see] it doesn’t fit with California values,” O’Connor said.

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