Slippery Rock Young Americans for Liberty Protest the TSA

Brandon  Cestrone
Mar 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

On March 6th and 7th the Slippery Rock University Young Americans for Liberty protested the TSA by building a mock scanner on our campus and dressing up as a TSA officer. To do the event, the Slippery Rock chapter used our strong network of communication and organized an emergency conference call to plan for the event.  Josh Weitzel decided to take the lead with the event and designed and built a large TSA scanner with humorous stick figures on both sides depicting naked people being scanned.

Not originally planning an early March event, Slippery Rock quickly organized using a conference call to gather input and ideas on how to effectively coordinate the event. Always ones for originality, the chapter decided to encourage students to write on the scanner expressing their thoughts about the TSA. Additionally, I dressed up as a creepy TSA officer, and we handed out flyers describing students rights when dealing with the TSA and Government Gone Wild beads.

Students laughed and really had a good time writing on the mock scanner. Even with weather difficulties, the Slippery Rock chapter improvised and ended up having a great success! A lesson was learned:  Always have a back-up plan and never throw in the towel when things don't work out perfectly. Activism is not an easy job, it requires strict discipline, above everything else.  With discipline and a passionate team, the options are endless.