During the summer of 1964, the state of Mississippi became a focal point in the ongoing civil rights movement. Leaders and activists from prominent and influential civil rights groups gathered to organize a massive voter drive in the most disenfranchised state in the Union, establish summer “freedom schools” for black residents throughout the area, and create an alternate political party to challenge the Democratic Party, which remained segregated and turned a blind eye to many of the liberties denied to African-Americans at this time.
Delegates in this committee will represent the leaders of civil rights groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as local Mississippi activists. The delegates will have to tackle the following issues all while navigating intergroup rivalries, competing with other leaders for influence within the movement, and upholding a public image before the rest of the nation.
The delegates will be challenged to empower black residents in Mississippi through increasing their access to voter registration.
Education is another essential aspect of empowerment for the black residents of Mississippi, and thus the delegates will be tasked with creating Freedom Schools.
The delegates will be tasked with drafting a political platform to present to the 1964 Democratic Convention in August.
Kurdish groups throughout history have been divided against each other by foreign powers. The Ottoman and Persian empires backed warring Kurdish emirates in the 19C. Likewise the Iran-Iraq War was a catalyst for war among Kurds in the two countries. Even today Kurds in Iraq are allied to Turkey as Turkey wages counterinsurgency against The Kurdish Worker’s Party. The challenge of the Pan-Kurdish Summit will be to stop infighting and develop a common foreign policy on how Kurdish groups treat foreign powers.
Kurdish populations in the Middle East have been persecuted because of their nationality thus has an acute interest in preserving Human Rights. On the other hand Kurdish parties have perpetrated terror and political repression. What is permissible in war? And how can Kurdish groups protect the Human Rights of the non-Kurdish residents of their territory.
Nationalist movements of the 20C led to persecution of Kurds. Social services were denied to Kurds or were created to promote the erosion of Kurdish culture. Some Kurds are self-governing; others still struggle for representation. How do Kurds provide for themselves when the state is not interested in helping? Will political parties fill the void, or can all Kurdish groups work together in providing education, health, and welfare?
The Assembly of the African Union is a regional organization focused on bettering African society for Africans, by Africans. Through debate between the heads of states of all African Union states, this year’s assembly hopes to fulfill this goal through three topics. The Assembly of the African Union hopes to create comprehensive solutions to all of these issues, looking towards a brighter future.
The Assembly of the African Union will discuss combating corruption in African society, at local and national levels.
The Assembly will also discuss looking at the state of economic development in Africa and how it can be improved.
Also discussed by the Assembly will be regarding the displacement of African persons, such as refugees and migrants, and the resulting intolerance, both within and outside of Africa.
Tutankhamen’s Court will take delegates back thirteen hundred years before the Common Era. King Tut’s father, Akhenaten, has just died and the boy king has been named king. His court is tasked with helping him solve a slew of problems dropped at his very young feet.
The boy king’s father forbade the practice of polytheistic religions, leading to societal uproar and extreme discontent from the king’s followers. The movement toward monotheistic religions caused such a sharp change in daily religious practices as well as the arts and culture of the society. Entire buildings and shrines had to be torn down, redesigned, and rebuilt, causing an arguably unnecessary amount of work for laborers. Akhenaten’s rather sudden death left Tut to put out this fire on his own.
During his rule, Akhenaten moved the capitol approximately 200 miles north of its original location, Thebes. He named his new city “Akhetaten,” after himself. This caused many families to have to uproot their lives to travel to the new capitol in search of the opportunities, thus contributing to the widespread disapproval of Tut’s father. Tut, in turn, was forced to deal with the aftermath of this mess.
Akhenaten’s negotiation skills were, to put it lightly, subpar. Given his greed for power and expansion, he stirred up quite a bit of trouble with the neighboring societies, the Asiatics and the Nubians, eventually leading to an all-out war. After his father’s death toward the beginning of this conflict, Tut was left to navigate foreign relations on his own.
The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues. In particular, issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic that will be discussed have arose in the wake of climate. The topics that will be addressed by the Arctic Council all have some degree of overlap, and competing regional interests have raised the potential for conflict drastically. Decisions for the MSUMUN XVII Arctic Council will be taken after a consensus has been reached amongst the eight Arctic Council states, indigenous groups, and member corporations.
This has become an increasingly large issue across the globe, but particularly in the Arctic region. If delegates do not act quickly, it may soon be too late.
This topic will address how best to deal with newly found energy resources once buried under thick sheets of ice.
This topic will address how to manage trans-arctic transportation routes that previously never existed.
The Commission to Restore Detroit is a fictional body dealing with very real issues. The Commission will be tasked with finding solutions for some of the most challenging and multifaceted issues in a location very close to home for many delegates.
DPS has in many ways served as a microcosm of the city’s various difficulties. Dwindling student enrollment, uncontrollable debt, and unsafe school environments have resulted in strong state control, teacher sick-outs, and little positive changes for the students. While the state legislature recently passed a $617 million rescue plan, many questions still remain. Delegates will discuss the new realities facing DPS as a result of the plan, the role of state control, teacher-administration relations, state-level school funding and charter school laws, and most importantly, how to ensure that every child in Detroit has access to the education they deserve.
Detroit is far too often associated with crime rates and names like Kwame Kilpatrick. And while addressing issues like drugs, murder, human trafficking, and political corruption remain pertinent for the city, the solutions are by no means simple. Police resources are stretched thin, and corrupt politicians, police officers, and even DPS principals have only further drained these funds. In addition to discussing how to solve these problems, delegates will also work to address police-public relations – something that has gained widespread attention across the country in recent months.
Detroit’s many abandoned homes and factories are infamous nation-wide. Arson with the goal of destroying decrepit and often crime-filled buildings has become a regular occurrence. However, cheap-to-live neighborhoods have also led to a rise of local artists, musicians, and young professionals, helping to reduce crime and attract new businesses to the city. Subsequently, property values (and property taxes) have risen – often pushing out many Detroit natives from the neighborhoods whose culture they helped create. Delegates will work to reduce Detroit’s urban blight problem, but must also bear in mind the consequences such programs might have on the local community – the good and the bad.