The activism kit we received from Young Americans for Liberty proved to be very helpful for Constitution week. Our Southeastern Louisiana University chapter used the chalk provided to participate in a police chalk protest with the words "End Police Brutality, Begin Police Reform" outside of one of the busiest sidewalks of our campus.
We sketched body outlines of some of our members to catch the attention of our fellow students. Our secretary also included the hashtag #ItEndsNow.
It was a great way to bring awareness to an issue that has received a lot of national media attention recently.
We also managed to distribute nearly the entire box of pocket Constitutions provided to us!
Slippery Rock's Young Americans for Liberty chapter celebrated Constitution Week this past Thursday, Sept. 18 by sponsoring a Free Speech Wall on the quad. What better way to celebrate the signing of the greatest document ever written then by allowing students to express themselves through their First Amendment rights?
The question posed to the SRU community was: "What is the biggest problem in our country?"
As you can imagine, we received a whole array of creative responses that did not disappoint.
The wall seemed to attract students all day Thursday, and all 32 square-feet of the wall were completely covered within only five hours of going up in front of the library. This high traffic area on campus was perfect for our wall, catching the eyes and interest of every student who passed.
While students examined their peers' answers, our members were engaging them in conversations about government overreach and societal decay. There was plenty of constructive small group debate
With the help of the Student Activities Board, our Honolulu Community College Chapter held our Constitution Week on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. We invited Hawaii's ACLU and people from the Office of Elections to make it more of an interesting event.
Our special fold-out Free Speech Wall stood proudly in the middle of the Campus Mall as we invited students, faculty, and staff to answer our question: which political issues are important to you and how can we fix them?
Students would stop by and read other responses, then put in their own. They ranged from having Corgis in Hawaii to dealing with the homeless and the situation with ISIS. Many people came by to talk politics, especially about how disappointing the Obama administration has been and that the President was only elected because of his social appeal. This led to responses about being an informed voter.
People were very respectful, despite conflicting ideas. One student thought we should cut funds to food stamps, but a teacher who disagreed simply wrote next to him that he disagreed - respecting the student’s right to their ideas.
In addition to our Free Speech Wall, for Constitution Week we hosted State Senator Mike Folmer, who lead a talk on the Constitution and medical marijuana. Senator Folmer represents Pennsylvania's 48th Senate district.
The event scored a story in our school's newspaper, The Snapper:
“The U.S. Constitution and the Issue of Legal Cannabis” discussion and question and answer session took place in the Old Main room in Gordinier at 7 p.m. this past Thursday. Kaytee Moyer, president of Young Americans for Liberty introduced Senator Folmer.
The senator started off the lecture by explaining that he “focuses on the constitutional organization of liberty.”
We started by partnering with The Walker Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement on campus to host Senator Folmer for dinner.
We had the opportunity to chat with the Senator and ask his opinion on a range of topics, such as his 2016 presidential pick and what it is like to fight against your own party on bi-partisan legislation.
The Senator was extremely inspiring and passionate during his talk. He spoke on the use of medical marijuana, and he also discussed how large and overreaching our government. He believe it is wrong for the government to deem illegal a medicine with proven success.
YAL at the University of Colorado at Boulder had a great Constitution Day! By 9:30 AM, we had already built our 8'x4' wall on the campus fountain forum.
Over the next five hours we tabled, passed out more than 200 pocket Constitutions, and invited students to write on our Free Speech Wall! Big thanks to YAL national for providing us with pocket Constitutions and other resources.
Our free speech wall was a great draw! We got things started by writing "Don't taze me bro," and then let spontaneous order take it from there!
Early in September, YAL @ Texas State University hosted our unique activism event on our university's quad, the Red Balloon Project:
The Red Balloon Project (#RedBalloonProject on social media) caught the attention of many students as well as campus media.
The Red Balloon Project was inspired by the German anti-nuclear war protest song “99 Red Balloons” by Nena, and the goal behind it was to open a conversation with students about their individual concerns and dreams. To facilitate this, students were invited up to the table to write two things on a red balloon: (1) a way in which government had made their lives worse off, and (2) a dream that they had for the future.
When we first arrived on the Texas State quad, our signs and the few first balloons garnered a lot of curious glances. Before we could even finish setting up we began to see a constant stream of students that rarely abated throughout the day.
Some things written on the balloons that were particularly impactful included:
“Government hurt me by not giving my people a chance before sending them back across the border.”
“I dream of a world with free flow access to resources, information, and human power. Food and energy to ALL!”
“I dream of a world beyond fear…people fear police, economic instability, the media, etc. We shouldn’t be scared of our government!”
Throughout the day the balloons grew in number, becoming a bright red beacon at the center of campus and drawing students’ eyes
I'm thrilled to report that Constitution Week at Glendale Community College has been a huge success!
In a time when the Constitution is being shredded by the current administration and our elected officials in Congress, the Glendale Community College chapter of Young Americans for Liberty sought to regain our Constitutional rights and use campus activism to promote our founding document.
We began Constitution Week with our guest speaker presentation featuring Shane Krauser of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, who listened to students voice their concerns and then provided a road map to taking an offensive posture against an ever-growing federal government.
On Constitution Day, we hosted a Giant Constitution display in the Student Union and passed out the nearly 200 pocket Constitutions provided to us by YAL National!
In the end, we got more than 150 signatures and passed out nearly all of our pocket Constitutions as well!
Many students were excited to express their support for the Constitution on its 227th birthday, and we were successfully able to create a mass awareness of our founding document through our Constitution Week efforts.
Our chapter is looking forward to continuing our activism for the rest of semester, including our next meeting, which will be a Youth Town Hall featuring Congressman Matt Salmon.