This March and April, 93 YAL chapters in every region of the country participated in YAL's Generation of War activism project!
Thanks to this mass activism effort, we declared loud and clear that our generation is ready to end our unconstitutional, unaffordable, immoral wars. At the same time, we recruited hundreds to join YAL.
Now, we're excited to honor the top Generation of War activism events. Competition is one of the central tenets of our philosophy. As Ludwig von Mises put it, "Competitors aim at excellence and preeminence in accomplishments within a system of mutual cooperation."
That is why with every YAL national activism project, we include an incentive for chapters to compete. For 2013 Generation of War, that incentive was:
- Best Report: $250
- Biggest Event: $250
- Best Generation of War Display: $250
- Honorable Mentions: $50
Of course, since we can't be there for each and every activism event on campus, your documentation of your event (blog post, pictures, video) plays a huge role in our ability to determine if your chapter is deserving of a prize. You will never win an activism event without good documentation!
So here are our activism contest winners:
Best Report: UNC-Chapel Hill — Don't drone me, bro!
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chapter of Young Americans for Liberty went above and beyond with their Generation of War activities. The day of their event, the UNC chapter tabled at a high traffic location, and then hosted Jacob Hornburger for a lecture on foreign policy. Wearing "Don't drone me bro" t-shirts and even a drone costume, the UNC chapter brought attention to their group by standing under a giant drone, giving participants in their "Pin the Drone on the Warzone" game a taste of being targeted by a drone strike.
What truly separated them from the pack was their ability to attract attention for themselves in a creative yet simple fashion, especially by making the short video above. The t-shirts were all branded to go along with the event, and dressing a member up as a drone made for a fun and easy way to engage the campus.
See their entire report here!