Help Common Sense Action win Brown the Up to Us Competition!

Here’s a quick quiz: Do you like Brown? Do you like Bill Clinton? Do you like the idea of Bill Clinton recognizing Brown? I bet you answered ‘yes’ to all three. Also, gotcha – the time you spent taking that quiz could’ve been spent taking one of these quizzes and directly contributing to the prospect of the whole Bill Clinton recognizing Brown thing actually happening.

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Some of you may already be familiar with Common Sense Action, a student organization led by Samuel Gilman ’15, Andrew Kaplan ’15 and Heath Mayo ’13 (maybe you read our post on it last month). The group has led Brown’s participation in the Up to Us Competition, and has us close to the top of the leaderboard (University of Texas is currently in the lead) with only a few days left. Clinton will meet with the leaders of the winning school’s campaign and publicly recognize the school as a whole. If you want to help Brown edge out University of Texas, make sure to check out Common Sense Action’s Causes page and sign its petition or take any of its many quizzes – every action counts.

But on a larger scale, Common Sense Action is just getting started. Its marquee event, the Rhode Island Fiscal Summit, brought together student leaders from five colleges in the state for a discussion about approaches to the debt and deficit that focus on the well-being of our generation. The conference was co-sponsored by both Brown Democrats and Republicans, as well as many other campus groups – the Swearer Center, the Taubman Center, UCS – in a remarkable display of Common Sense Action’s ability to bring together all sides of the issue to work toward pragmatic solutions. 

Common Sense Action’s leaders also had the opportunity to travel earlier this week to Washington, D.C., where they met in person with congressional leaders like Paul Ryan and House Republican Conference chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, as well as with staff for Providence congressman David Ciciline. The group presented a three-part message on the young person’s perspective on the debt and deficit: Know (the millenial perspective), Show (the impact on future generations), Grow (the economy now and for the future). Its practical approach has attracted the attention of the USA Today, President Paxson, and the non-profit group The Can Kicks Back, which was responsible for inviting Common Sense Action to DC.

Currently, Common Sense Action’s attention remains focused on their Up to Us campaign, which ends this weekend, as well as its Whiteboard Project, which can be found on the group’s Facebook page. The end of the competition will only be the beginning, though, for Gilman, Kaplan, and Mayo: they plan to continue their advocacy of common sense solutions to the United States’ fiscal woes, and hope that their success in Up to Us will enable them to take the message to campuses nationwide. Help them out online while you still can, and if you are interested in becoming more involved, contact one of the group’s leaders. The campaign to save our generation’s economic future can always use another voice.

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