On Friday, October 30, the day before Halloween, Temple University's YAL Chapter set up a Civil Liberties Graveyard to educate our fellow Owls about rights that the government has taken away from us.
A few weeks prior, we went shopping to get candy, a costume, fake flowers, and the supplies to make our tombstones. It took quite a bit of time, but we were really happy with the finished product!
Originally, we had reserved a great spot on campus, but do due last minute College GameDay filming, we were moved elsewhere with less foot traffic. At first we were really worried that we wouldn't attract many people, but we decided to get creative and make the best of it! It was an added obstacle, but it all worked out.
Many people that walked past us stopped to read out tombstones. The first few people were hesitant to lay a flower down, but with some encouragement people really got into it! In fact, there were multiple people that asked if they could have multiple flowers because they couldn't pick just one liberty. One girl actually placed her flowers in the center because they were "just all so good." We also gave out candy with additional information about YAL and how to protect yourself against big government.