Our YAL chapter joined with the ASU chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy to host Marc Victor, a prominent local defense attorney, former senatorial candidate, and outspoken advocate of individual liberty, on ASU's Tempe campus.
We covered the school with 11 x 17 posters, as well as some creative hand-made advertisements advertising our "Know Your Rights" event.
YAL activists then took to the pathways, common areas, and even the library, passing out event flyers and pocket Constitutions while striking up conversations with ASU students about our nation's founding document.
On the night of the event, more than fifty students showed up to learn about how to deal with police and exercise their rights!
Afterwards, we headed to Buffalo Wild Wings to relax, connect, and talk about the event!
During Constitution Week, Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Illinois-Springfield decided to take a stand against mass surveillance and NSA spying!
Our chapter targeted students attending the Constitution Day lecture on campus and took action. Armed with pocket Constitutions and petitions, we talked to students who walked by or entered the event. We offered them a pocket Constitution and asked them how they felt about government spying. While there were many enthusiastic signatures, there were also plenty of unconcerned responses.
This was HUGE!! Our chapter got backstage passes and access to private receptions, we got to meet Ron Paul, and our president got to go on stage and introduce Jeff Frazee! (All photos by Gage Skidmore)
We stayed at the hotel, went to the speeches, and met a lot of great people. Our president, vice president, photographer, and treasurer all got to go. The entire event was incredibly well-run; it was exciting and very educational to hear the wonderful speakers, including Jeff Frazee and Ron Paul!
We thank Campaign for Liberty for the all-access passes and for making it an unforgettable weekend. We really appreciate all that they do to promote our freedom! A picture is worth a thousand words, and I really could write thousands of words about LPAC, so here are some pictures instead!
Last week, YAL @ UNCC celebrated Constitution Week by raising awareness about school policies that violate the First Amendment. We built a Free Speech Wall, chalked off the boundaries our school's "free speech zones," and passed out liberty pong and Constitution swag bags.
I'm proud to say we ended up with 80 new sign-ups and distributed out over a hundred constitutions!
Let's rewind to the beginning...
To prepare for the week's festivities, we started out by building our Free Speech Wall.
We built our wall around the Belk Tower in the middle of our campus's "free speech zone." This is a tower built in the shape of a giant pen, with an inkwell nearby. It's dedicated to the First Amendment, with a plaque which made it an even better location for our wall.
We had a great Constitution Week here at West Chester University!
Our Free Speech Wall was set up in the academic quad on campus, where hundreds passed by, and many stopped to chat and write their thoughts and feelings. We distributed a ton of Constitutions throughout the day, and even received a full page of sign-ups!
What a week to recap at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!
We started with our meeting early last week, which, with Uber possibly coming to Champaign, built anticipation for Constitution Week.
We saved the big Constitution Week event for Friday. Truth be told, it is becoming something of a tradition for UIUC YAL to host a Free Speech Wall for Constitution Week. It was my first experience with it, but many more seasoned students and faculty showed signs of recognition.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, many people had priceless reactions to the wall. More than one international student said that they intended to write things that would get them arrested in their home country. Faculty members, some more wary than others, scribbled messages in small corners.
I am grateful for the engagement and interest in free speech, as well as other fundamental liberties, in our country.
YAL @ Elizabethtown College tabled at our school's activity fair with the goal of recruiting more members than the previous year. We handed out over 100 copies of Peace, Love, and Liberty, along with many other resources, and gave one lucky student an American flag. Unfortunately, due to the pouring rain, we had to end our tabling early and neglected to take any pictures of our set up!
We were, however, able to successfully get 30 sign-ups within a 50 minute time period. The YAL team nailed it this year with eight participants helping at the table including 3 members roaming the fair talking to students about liberty.
Our table setup included the usual YAL materials as well as giant pong and GenOpp's national debt banner.
We held our meeting the same night at 8 PM, where we gave away free pizza and had a great turnout.
We recruited a number of new faces to our chapter and we are excited to see what is in store for the rest of the year!
For Constitution Week, Young Americans for Liberty at Millersville University hosted a Free Speech Wall on campus. This event was co-sponsored by several organizations on campus including The Walker Center, College Democrats, and College Republicans. The importance of free speech is something that all of these organizations can agree to, and we felt it was important to show a unified front on campus.
Tuesday evening, we came together to build our Free Speech Wall. First, we went to a local store to get out supplies. Then we worked late into the evening painting our Free Speech Wall and assembling it on the Quad.
We started off early the next day day by setting up our table and touching base with local newspapers and TV stations that to whom we had sent our press release. We even got a spot on the local talk radio morning show:
Once things got rolling, it was easy to see that our Free Speech Wall was a success! We immediately began to draw a lot of attention on campus. Millersville students were so enthusiastic about their First Amendment right to free speech that they filled up our wall during the first hour and a half of our event!
Students continued to squeeze things onto the wall until we finally decided to take it to the streets! We started exercising our First Amendment right to free speech on the sidewalk in front of our Free Speech Wall. Our event was so popular that we kept it going for an hour longer than we originally anticipated because we kept having students who wanted to express themselves.
During our Free Speech Wall we raffled off a liberty basket. The winner received a pocket Constitution, the abridged version of The Road to Serfdom, Are We Good Enough For Liberty?, The Intellectuals and Socialism, Economics in One Lesson, and several other pieces of YAL swag.
We had 104 new sign-ups and hosted a successful informational meeting, where seven new members came out to discuss liberty!