Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs has been hard at work.
Starting out for the first time as a registered club on our campus at the club fair in August 2011, we found 55 people who scored libertarian on the worlds smallest poltical quiz that opted to sign up for our email list. Then, with the help of our new activists we found 100 more people in the month of September, 80 on a Wednesday and 20 on a Thursday, who scored libertarian and signed up for our email list. This was a huge success, especially considering the small size and commuter campus (very small number of students living on campus) nature of our campus!
An excellent film festival has been scheduled and fundedraised for this weekend by our vice president and SFL campus coordinator Todd Hollenbeck with a substantial ammount of promotion within local liberty groups. A free speech wall is working its way through the school event processing and 2 local speakers have already made appearences at the weekly group meetings. Altogether we are off to a great start and look forward to more involvment by Colorado Springs and UCCS residents who are for liberty!
Many KU jayhawkers came up to KU YAL's free speech board surprised that they could write anything they could think of, many flabbergasted at such a claim! This was all done with support from KU NORML and the members within our group. We strongly encouraged students to support first amendment rights as we spent over 5 hours outside in the beautiful kansas fall weather out in front of Watson Library on campus.
We actively educated students on the extreme restrictions on free speech here on campus. When KU YAL questioned our administration on where "free speech zones" were located, they replied with a succinct: everywhere but three buildings. We believe sincerely that such arbitrary and useless limits on free speech are outrageous, and we were out there to relate it back to Constitution Week. In addition to free speech zones the university severely limits flyering in dorms and restrictions on literature distribution.
October 21st-23rd is destined to be an amazing weekend in Austin, Texas for all those who get excited about liberty. Seriously, it has me on the edge of my seat knowing that it’s less than three weeks away. If you are in the state of Texas and enjoy liberty then you need to be getting ready for one of the most well rounded weekends in liberty history.
The weekend will be kicked off on Friday night at 7 pm when the founding fathers will awake from their graves and convene at the University of Texas Tower and march to the Capitol building. This Founding Fathers Zombie Crawl will be featuring the founders of this country, as well as founders of liberty. You may even see Mises and Hayek show up!
The weekend will end on Sunday with the Young Americans for Liberty Campaign Bootcamp at 10 am. If you are interested in working on a campaign in the upcoming election season then you need to get to this bootcamp. Come hear from some of the best in the industry on best practices to get the voters to the polls. Register here!
If you are going to be in Texas or nearby then you need to get to Austin for this weekend. You will not be disappointed.
In all, we gave away 133 YAL Pocket Constitutions and a few dozen YAL "Philosophy of Liberty" Palm Cards, and many cheerful wishes of "Happy Constitution Day!" -- which actually elicited quite a few more happy (if occasionally befuddled) responses than we expected.
We hope we did Harrison Ford -- ahem, President James Marshall -- proud.
Bringing the Wall of Free Speech to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Library Mall took a few ounces of sweat, a couple pints of beer, and an unrelenting drive for freedom. In the end, everyone at the UW-Madison chapter of Young Americans for Liberty pitched in to help the students of UW-Madison embrace their 1st Amendment rights of expression.
With over 100 pocket Constitutions, innumerable fliers, handouts, and words of liberty distributed, the UW-Madison YAL chapter helped show Madison what it really means to be free. Between the student organization fair and the Constitution Week event, we signed up over 100 new liberty recruits! Check out some of the amazing footage from our free speech Constitution Week event (set to Jordan Page’s inspiring “Liberty”):
With quotes ranging from “Bong rips 4 jeezus” to “I <3 ostriches,” the free speech wall became as much a forum for humor as it did for personal or political outpourings. And while some expressed fear or outright defiance towards America’s first right, the wall of free speech and its enthusiastic companions offered messages of peace, freedom and equal rights for zombies all through the day.
For Liberty. For Peace. For freedom. YAL @ UW-Madison Forever.
Being a new chapter can be intimidating, but for the SRU Young Americans for Liberty, it presented an opportunity to make a first big splash on campus. During Constitution week, the SRU Young Americans for Liberty quickly organized an event to promote the first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of speech. To do this, the chapter built a 4 x 24 long wall. With limited resources and a generous grant from YAL, the six dedicated members of the newly formed chapter build the wall, handed out numerous pocket constitutions, and spread the message of liberty.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign YAL chapter held a Constitution Week event on our main quad on 9-20-11. It was a huge success!
We co-sponsored the event with the Illini Conservative Union (another RSO). We used two large displays of the Constitution and the principles embedded within it. We handed out free cookies that were wrapped with red/white and blue bows, YAL Constitutions, and gave everyone a five-question Constitution quiz to test their knowledge of the document. We had more than 10 of our members manning the table throughout the day.
To get the word out about the event, we created a Facebook event, and sent out an e-mail to our 160+ member mailing list. We signed up 10 new members, and we had a blast talking with all the students on campus about how important our founding document is to the preservation of our great republic!
This fall the Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Central Florida kicked off the semester with a two week long recruitment drive. Here is a short video of what they accomplished and all the fun they had in the process. For a more detailed report, click here.
YAL MTSU's recruitment drive started with the We Haul Move-In Days. Kristen Breux and Eric Sharp helped move in new students to their dorms wearing YAL shirts, Friday the 26th of August and Saturday the 27th.
Things really kicked off at the anual student organization fair, September 9th. We had been planning and prepping all summer, so we were ready!
It was a big visual draw and lots of people walked over from the circus tents to see what was on the big board. We had six different members working the table throughout the day, though only Alex Mosely is shown here. We garnered 50+ sign-ups that day.