The newly named Defend Affirmative Action Party/Fighting for Immigrant Rights and Equality, or DAAP/FIRE, announced campus sophomore Stephanie Gutierrez as its candidate for president in the 2019 ASUC elections Saturday.
The DAAP/FIRE party has a number of goals, including starting a national movement to impeach President Donald Trump, fighting for the rights of immigrants and women and “forcing” alleged rapists “off our campus.”
Gutierrez, who is studying sociology and American studies, currently does not hold a position in the ASUC. Gutierrez is running for both ASUC president and senator this year after running for the same positions in the 2018 elections and failing to be elected.
Gutierrez said she decided to run for president and senator again after seeing the escalation of Trump’s “attacks on immigrants” such as the family separation policy and its resulting human rights issues. In light of these issues, Gutierrez said running for president is “just as important as last year, if not more important.”
She added that while she would like to lead the ASUC, if she is not elected as president she would still like to be elected as a senator to have a voice and advocate for her platform.
Gutierrez has been helping to organize protests since her freshman year through the activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN. In September 2017, Gutierrez helped organize protests against Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled campus appearance.
“BAMN has shown that we don’t waste time,” she said.
Gutierrez is running on the same platforms as she did last year, including pushing for Eshleman Hall to be a sanctuary building for undocumented immigrants. She is also pushing for the campus to lead a nationwide movement to impeach Trump.
“It’s absolutely urgent to mobilize students across the nation to lead this movement,” Gutierrez said.
Voting for the ASUC elections will be held April 8, 9 and 10.