Saturday April 5, Guilford College Young Americans for Liberty hosted an End the War on Drugs Paint Party. The event was held at Serendipity, Guilford College’s yearly live music festival and street fair held on the Guilford campus in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Guilford YAL's table had an array of face paint, spray-in hair color, sparkly faery dust, candy, and Constitutions. We also passed out souvenir stickers to fit the End the War on Drugs Paint Party theme.
As a club, we knew we were taking a slight risk with the “Legalize it!” stickers. And we are aware some individuals may consider the language choice implicates a lax attitude towards drug use and thus deem it negative for the movement. However, one thing I have learned through my activism training is the importance of language choice, venue, and audience demographics.
In fact, language, venue, and audience are the key dynamics to a successful event. And this elemental triad worked together perfectly for Guilford YAL’s End the War on Drugs Paint Party. The event was by far one of our most successful endeavors and we would argue our chapter managed to discover the ideal libertarian recipe for music festivals and street fairs.
Through the End the War on Drugs Paint Party, Guilford YAL created an