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Roanoke College

Salem, VA

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As a club before we even seriously contemplated mobilizing to become officially recognized on campus, we became an important catalyst and vehicle for discourse on campus. This past Fall, our club took part in both the “Debate Before the Debate” debates alongside the College Democrats and College Republicans.

As a club before we even seriously contemplated mobilizing to become officially recognized on campus, we became an important catalyst and vehicle for discourse on campus. This past Fall, our club took part in both the “Debate Before the Debate” debates alongside the College Democrats and College Republicans. We also organized in tabling an activism event “Your Right, Your Life”, where we gave students informational pamphlets detailing such things as how to interact with law enforcement, statistics regarding self-defense, and the importance of the Second Amendment in the U.S Constitution.
Events like “Your Right, Your Life” are made possible by us applying for “kits” through the national chapter for events like these. In the mail, just days later we receive items such as pocket constitutions, books, posters, buttons, stickers, etc. that help us promote our ideas and engage fellow students during these events.
As we are hoping to soon be approved on campus and look towards the future, we are working to be even more active on campus. We intend to host even more activism events on issues such as free speech, government waste, mass incarceration, the surveillance state, etc. Likewise, we intend to invite public figures to speak here on campus. As we speak, we are currently in the process of mobilizing and organizing to host former Libertarian Party presidential candidate and potential 2018 U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen within this next month. Once approved, we also hope to attend some of the conferences that YAL hosts at various cities around the country. These include the YAL seasonal summits and YAL National and State Conventions, where students can hear public figures speak, learn about libertarian and constitutional conservative philosophy, and make professional connections in these political circles.
Finally, we also plan on coordinating and organizing trips to places such as Washington D.C. to tour some of our government’s most impressive and most powerful buildings and institutions. These include the U.S. Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Building, etc. We will also attempt to coordinate with the offices of Congressman like Senator Rand Paul and Representatives Justin Amash and Thomas Massie—whose voting records and personal ideologies reflect values like that of YALs—to get tours of these offices and potentially even meet them. During these trips, we will also make visits to important and influential think-tanks like the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, etc.

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