University of Wisconsin-Madison Young Americans for Liberty just wrapped up an exciting and eventful two weeks filled with all things liberty! Because we like to milk summer as long as we can, we got off to a bit of a later start than other schools with our first day back on September 2. But a quick launch into the Recruitment Drive and our chapter was off and running!
This years Student Organization Fair was a big success for us. Students from all across campus were jam-packed into the Kohl Center, and YAL was ready to reel in potential liberty leaders. And reel them in we did! Not only did we add over 120 sign-ups to our email roster, it seemed that those who signed up were overwhelmingly enthusiastic to get involved!
Aside from the excitement of liberty, we enticed students with some free pizza so that they would stop by our kickoff meeting the following Monday. Our efforts worked, turning out more than 30 new interested members! After giving an overview of what YAL is all about, we did an ice breaker and invited everyone to discuss some of the issues most important to them.
The same week of our kickoff meeting, we also celebrated Constitution Week! On Wednesday we hosted an activism event on campus centered around police militarization. Using a giant U.S. map, we pinpointed botched paramilitary raids all across the U.S. thanks to Cato Institute's interactive map on the topic. We wanted to show students just how often individuals have their rights violated, or even their lives taken, by excessive force.
It has been a challenging year so far at Campbell University. All but three of our members from last year had graduated. But this Constitution Week marked a major leap for our chapter. We had our first tabling event and a movie night, where we had a turnout of 13, making it one of our largest meetings ever!
We had a great time tabling, where we handed out over 200 flyers, several books, and over 50 pocket Constitutions.
YAL @ UW-Milwaukee stepped up our game this semester!
Once again doubling our enrollment numbers, the semester kick-off event and Constitution Week were both huge successes. Equipped with passionate members and new strategic partners on campus, YAL @ UW-Milwaukee has really come into its own!
The chapter has come a long way in a year. We are now close to 30 members strong and have our own office.
We certainly have become a presence of the campus of UW-Milwaukee!
YAL @ UCF hosted a Constitution Week activism event on Wednesday, Sept. 17. In preparation the weekend before the event, the chapter got together to build a free speech wall. This was actually quite the experience for all of us since most of the individuals who helped with building the wall did not have prior experience in building much of anything.
Through team work, diligence, and the help of the stipend YAL national gave us (which we are thankful for), we managed to construct a decent free speech wall.
Despite a brief run-in with campus staff before setting up, the rest of our activism event and protest went off without a hitch! Two university media groups came to cover our free speech wall and protest! YAL passed out more than half of our inventory of pocket constitutions and managed to fill up our free speech wall.
YAL also was able to make many students more aware of the free assembly/speech zones. Students were happy to receive pocket constitutions and loved the concept of our free speech wall.
Although the First Amendment allows for freedom of speech and expression, some students feel as if their speech is limited in free-speech zones on campus.
Students of the Young Americans for Liberty at UCF are standing up for their rights, and reminding others that they have the right to be heard.
On Wednesday, YAL created a free-speech wall in protest of the effects of free-assembly zones. Students were given the opportunity to write their ideas and opinions on the wall, with no censorship.
In addition to passing out pocket constitutions, I interviewed a few people on their opinions regarding the free speech/assembly zones. I got opinions that ranged from being in favor of the zones to being neutral and against the zones. Interviewing various students was one of my favorite parts of the event because I was able to not only talk one-on-one about the importance of freedom of speech/assembly, but also to connect with other students.
Right on Constitution Day, Wednesday September 17, we here at Binghamton University built a Free Speech Wall to display right in the middle of campus. We passed out Constitutions and had good conversations with students freedom of speech.
We made a name for ourselves on campus, with hundreds of students approaching us, hearing about our chapter, and signing up for our emails. Walking to class, you couldn't help but notice the wall and the crowds of people surrounding it!
Students wrote on topics ranging from spirituality to political issues and of course ridiculous, silly things. But hey, I'm not one to judge, this is to celebrate their freedom of speech!
American Majority visited the UVM campus on Thursday, September 25 to hold a campus activism training.
The training provided UVM students with some great ideas about how to promote the our YAL chapter on campus. The presentation covered social media strategies, working with student government and forming relationships with businesses and people off campus.
It was a great training! There was networking, pizza, and most importantly of all the sharing of ideas. We highly recommend this training to other YAL Chapters!
Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great Constitution Week, because we sure did! All across the nation, thousands of pro-liberty activists spread the ideals of freedom for Constitution Week on college campuses, including California State University-Chico! We got featured by CAVE, and we will have an article about our work featured shortly.
Here are a couple photos of our Giant Constitution!
Constitution Day was an unusual turn for YAL @ Oakland University. We've had a run of bad luck lately, losing our treasurer (for a second time), thus rendering us inactive due to our inability to attend our organizational training, where both the president and the treasurer must be present.
However, we received a stroke of good luck in that our university desperately needed constitutions to hand out on Constitution day and, while not being technically active, YAL was on the forefront spreading liberty and giving the organization some recognition with a great many students who didn't even realize they were liberty conscious!
We're actually thinking of hosting an event titled "You might be a libertarian if..."
Constitution Day was thus a major success for us at Oakland University, and we hope to use this good fortune to continue to kindle the fire of liberty on campus.