Former Berkeley College Republicans member creates conservative society to ‘bring back political decency’

Pictured: Berkeley Conservative Society President Celine Bookin (left) and Vice President Meera Nagpal (right). Bookin was formerly an active member of the Berkeley College Republicans.
Pictured: Berkeley Conservative Society President Celine Bookin (left) and Vice President Meera Nagpal (right). Bookin was formerly an active member of the Berkeley College Republicans.

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Several UC Berkeley students have come together to create the Berkeley Conservative Society, aiming to “bring back political decency to Berkeley,” said society founder and president Celine Bookin.

The creation of the student organization comes at a time of political contention among students on campus. The society was established at the start of the semester with a focus on bipartisan debate and discussion, and it aims to collaborate with the Cal Berkeley Democrats, according to the society’s vice president, Meera Nagpal.

“We decided to launch the Berkeley Conservative Society … to create a place where conservatives of all shades of red on the spectrum can come together to discuss the important policy issues of today,” Bookin said.

Nagpal added that the society will promote a public forum for people with a range of conservative beliefs to learn about differing political ideologies on campus. According to Bookin and Nagpal, many former members of the Berkeley College Republicans, a prominent conservative student organization on campus, have been involved with the society since its launch and are ready to participate and aid in future events and activities.

Bookin was previously an active member of BCR, but she said she has not been active in the club since last year. BCR made national headlines this year in the midst of protests and riots surrounding the scheduled campus appearances of several controversial conservative speakers, such as Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro. All three were invited to speak at UC Berkeley by members of BCR.

“They’re great people,” Bookin said of BCR. “They’re definitely focused on advocating for the Republican Party and bringing high-profile speakers.”

Bookin said the Berkeley Conservative Society will take a collaborative and “civilized” approach to inspiring political discourse on relevant issues.

On Thursday, BCR secretary Bradley Devlin impeached club President Troy Worden, citing his alleged poor handling of activities surrounding Shapiro’s Sept. 14 appearance on campus. BCR allegedly intends to elect a “less ‘alt-right’ ” member as its new president, according to a BCR member who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for his reputation.

Devlin, who intends to run for president of BCR in Worden’s place, said he encourages members of the Berkeley Conservative Society to attend BCR meetings and even join the organization. He added that he does not find the presence of another conservative club on campus to be a source of competition for BCR.

“If students create more clubs and have more power on campus, the principle of being decent human beings in discourse shouldn’t just apply to conservative groups — it should apply to every political group,” Devlin said. “I hope the officers in the Berkeley Conservative Society do what they can to uphold that.”

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Clarification(s):
A previous version of this article may have implied that Ben Shapiro is a far-right speaker.

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  • TaiFood

    How did the renegade Secretary Devlin ‘impeach’ BCR’s President Worden?

    Don’t the rules require some other process than collusion with the Daily Californian?

    What differentiates Devlin from a coup attempt?

    Or a sit-in bolstered by Fake News?

  • CalGoldenPetticoats

    “where conservatives of all shades of red on the spectrum can come together to discuss the important policy issues of today.”

    So: 1) How to make the wealthiest 1% even richer; 2) How to keep healthcare unaffordable for millions of Americans; 3) How to create wars with as many enemies as possible; 4) How to dismantle the First Amendment; 5) How to make assault weapons even easier to obtain; 6) How to make Mexico pay for the wall; 7) How to allow the 6 corporations that control 90% of the media to consolidate into one major corporation that controls 99.9% of the media; 8) How to reduce the minimum wage to $3.01 an hour.

    I’M IN!!!!

  • Emilia M.

    Better not invite any snowflakes, unless you want the group to devolve into mindless hysterics!

    • C Bierbauer78

      Too late!

  • SMH

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    I wonder if the Berkeley Conservative Society can bring back **political decency** to the *White House* — and The Groper-&Sexual-Assaulter-In-Chief.

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    • SMH

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      Hey, how are those two Berkeley College Republicans lawsuits against the University comin’ along???…

      Hahaha…!!
      .

      • BerkeleyMews

        Is this an article about UCB student Republicans or are you just stupid?

      • BerkeleyMews

        Read the article. They founded a separate organization. If you want to comment about UCB’s College Republicans, then post in a thread that is related.

        I imagine the purpose of the organization is to evade the control that the state body places on UCB conservatives.

        • SMH

          Yo BerkeleyMews…, I can comment on *whatever* I want to comment on, *wherever* I want to comment on it — as I *did*… Who made you king & arbiter BerkeleyMews….?

    • lspanker

      Sexual harassment ceased to be a political issue about a quarter of a century ago when the liberals gave Bill Clinton a pass. Where have you been again?