UNC’s political clubs and organizations are finding ways to stay connected to their members away from campus as the COVID-19 outbreak continues, and the 2020 elections approach.
Many of these groups are using virtual methods to meet and organize, focusing on issues ranging from textbook availability to the 2020 election.
The UNC Young Americans for Liberty is an organization based on "the principles of individual liberty," according to its website. Paul Buttles, a first-year physics and math major and president of the club, said the group plans on holding Zoom meetings to connect.
“We’re definitely going to continue doing the weekly Zoom meetings, as they worked really well,” Buttles said. “We had the same amount of attendance as we normally do.”
Buttles said the club aims to find new ways to stay politically involved without needing to be around each other, including writing letters to representatives on a variety of different issues.
Rupanil Jain, a junior majoring in global studies and philosophy, is the president of the UNC-CH Young Democrats.
Jain said the Young Democrats had many events centered around the North Carolina primaries and are glad those were able to occur before UNC moved to remote learning. They are using this time to reorganize and prepare for the fall, Jain said.
“It’s definitely become harder to organize and prepare, but that doesn’t mean we should stop,” Jain said. “When we do come back in the fall, knock on wood, we will be able to help organize campus again.”
Other political groups on campus are also using this time to recollect and plan for next semester. The UNC-CH Young Independents are planning voter registration drives and other events for the fall, Colin Lowe, the co-president of the club and a junior political science major, said.