The 88th U.S. House of Representatives: El Movimiento
Hispanic-American political activism was rampant throughout the mid-1900s. A combined effort by Hispanic-American veterans, college youth, unions, and Hispanic political figures pushed for equality and political awareness throughout the United States. Grass roots organizations were mobilizing to challenge legal segregation, and with Mendez v. Westminster (1947) Hispanic-American activism was at its peak. After the election of President Lyndon B. Johnson and the 88th U.S. House of Representatives, representatives were tasked with writing legislation that ensured equal opportunity for Hispanics. This committee’s purpose is to write and enact legislation that will prevent future segregation and discrimination, while also considering the array of movements occurring like the Black Power Movement, the Chicano Movement, and the Environmental Movement.
United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
From peacekeeping operations to the representation of women in conflict resolution, the Security Council, since the creation of the United Nations, has had as its primary responsibility to maintain international peace and security. The Council takes the lead in identifying threats to the safety of the international community, and its first action is typically to recommend that the parties reach an agreement by peaceful means. Nonetheless, if deemed necessary, the UNSC further investigates and takes other measures to mediate a conflict. Furthermore, it has the authority to dispatch a mission, appoint special envoys, or request the Secretary-General to use his good offices. Every delegate, at the very least, should study Chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter carefully, which establish the Council’s procedures regarding a variety of situations.
Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)
SPECPOL, Special Political and Decolonization, is the fourth general assembly of the United Nations. The goal of SPECPOL is to research and resolve international issues relating to various fields such as peacekeeping, state sovereignty and self determination, public information, and matters of immigration and refugee rights. At ENMUNC, this SPECPOL committee will have two topics to be addressed. The first is that of protecting civilians from UN Peacekeepers abuses of power and sexual assault, an issue clearly banned by the UN but that continues to be a gross human rights violation by peacekeepers in the conflict areas they have committed to protect. The second topic for this SPECPOL committee is the discrimination and violence perpetrated against Afghan refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran is a country with some of the highest rates of refugees, thousands of which are from Afghanistan, yet has in place various discriminatory practices and acts of violence directed at Afghan Refugees. Today, these refugees are protesting against their unjust treatment in the country, yet Iranian officials have yet to acknowledge the humanitarian crimes being perpetrated against Afghans. The goal of delegates in SPECPOL will be to use research, policy, diplomacy and empathy to work to come up with resolutions for these two very important cases of abuse of power against vulnerable populations.
Flu of 1918 Pandemic: Spain
This crisis committee is based around the Influenza virus, H1N1 that began in Spain in 1918. Inspired by the current COVID-19 pandemic, delegates will be members of a specialized committee composed of Spanish and foreign leaders to help navigate Spain and its citizens during the difficulties from when the virus is first discovered and as it continues to spread. The virus will continue eventually reach other cities and nation and so it’s up to the committee to minimize the damage as they attempt finding a vaccine, retaliation from Spanish citizens, and more.
The Yuuzhan Vong Age
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Following the loss of Courscant, the reformation of the New Republic, and the expansion of the Yuuzhan Vong territory the diverse factions of the galaxy must band together. From the Chiss in the Unknown Regions to Hutt Space, governing bodies must deal with refugees, trade disruption, and a host of other significant issues. In this committee delegates will represent leaders from every major galactic government and organization as they work to resolve these issues and deal with the Yuuzhan Vong.