The UNC Young Americans for Liberty had an outstanding Constitution Week, consisting of speakers, demonstrations, campus outreach, and culminating in a filming of the Stossel Show, which aired on Fox Business Network on Thursday, September 27th.
Since UNC was recently demoted to a red-light rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), we decided to focus our energies on the First Amendment of the Constitution in particular and the ideals of free expression in general.
On Constitution Day (Monday, September 17th), we went out on the quad to hand out Constitutions and talk about free speech. Some of our members were wearing UNC-brand duct tape over their mouths, to symbolize the restrictions that UNC places on our freedom of expression. The duct-tape gimmick was a huge success, inspiring an enormous amount of curiosity among passers-by. We handed out all of the constitutions that YAL sent us in the mail, as well as a few Cato-published copies we had left over from last fall’s Constitution activism.
In addition to the founding documents, we handed out flyers informing students that Robert Shibley, executive vice president of FIRE, would be speaking on campus that evening about “How UNC Stifles Free Speech, and What You Can Do About It.” These were the same flyers that we had plastered campus with the week before, making our model Audrey somewhat of a campus celebrity! Apparently, people still come up to her and ask “Aren’t you the girl with the duct-tape from all those flyers?"