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Sammy Velazquez, Not Fit For SGA Presidency

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This petition is to be signed by Indiana State University Students only:

On February 14, 2017, at an emergency Senate meeting, articles of impeachment were brought against Sammy Velazquez, Director of Finance of Student Government Association.

Following the hearing on February 22, 2017, the Senate voted 22:0:2 (yes:no:abstain) to impeach Sammy Velazquez from his position in the SGA Executive branch. In an article in the Statesman, he called the Senate, which is comprised of men, women, Republicans, Democrats, LGBT members, straight people, international students, and members of his own fraternity, discriminatory against him. Since there is nothing in the SGA code or constitution about impeached person(s) running for office, he continued with his campaign for SGA President, with Mariangel Morales as his running mate for Vice President. 

During their campaign, members of their party exhibited inappropriate behavior and their campaign was reported many times; therefore, the Board of Elections and SGA Supreme Court convened and ruled that there be a ban put in place for March 11th-March 19th. This prevents Sammy and Mariangel from campaigning on social media and in or around certain buildings on campus in the run-off election against Tanner Smith and Justin Ottino.

Upset by this ruling, Sammy and Mariangle took to their social media accounts and posted stark photos of themselves with red tape on their mouths that read "They Took My Voice". Many students, staff, and faculty are deeply disturbed by these images and the implications of them; furthermore, the resulting conversations around these posts are even more troubling.

There have been far too many instances of inappropriate and unprofessional behavior on Sammy Velazquez's behalf that prove him to be unfit for SGA Presidency. Please sign and share this petition and do not vote for him on March 21, 2017. 

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