Young Americans for Liberty

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Young Americans for Liberty
Young Americans for Liberty logo.png
Abbreviation YAL
Formation 2008
Type Student Organization
Purpose Political Activism
Region served
United States
Executive Director
Jeff Frazee
Director of Programs & Operations
Edward King
Affiliations Students for Ron Paul, Campaign for Liberty, Youth for Ron Paul
Slogan Winning on principle
Website http://www.yaliberty.org

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is a 501(c)(3) political organization that was formed in 2008 at the end of Congressman Ron Paul's presidential campaign. They focus on educating their peers about various topics including libertarian values and emphasizing the role of the Constitution in the American government.

History[edit]

During the 2008 Presidential election, Republican Representative Ron Paul stirred a large grassroots movement, especially on college campuses around the U.S. As a result of this, students began to form organizations on campus under the banner of Students for Ron Paul.[1]

After the election, the movement continued and eventually splintered off to create Young Americans for Liberty, which expanded into a broader effort to support liberty. Many American colleges have Young Americans for Liberty chapters.[1]

Young Americans for Liberty has hosted several national events since its inception: Bringing Ron Paul to college campuses, protesting the War in Iraq, protesting the Transportation Security Administration — which received substantial recognition online, hosting political boot camps, promoting the Constitution, protesting the government to reduce the National Debt, and pushing for members to attend CPAC.[2]

Meanwhile, to raise awareness about liberty-minded beliefs, each chapter performs a variety of events on campus, including fundraising for liberty-minded causes, hosting speakers, or tabling/protesting. For example, beginning in March 2011, Young Americans for Liberty groups protested U.S. military intervention in Libya.[3] Besides protests, bringing speakers that are essential towards the liberty movement are invited by Young Americans for Liberty groups, such as Ron Paul, Thomas E. Woods, Justin Amash, and Gary Johnson.[4][5][6]

Notable activism[edit]

Visualize the Debt[edit]

In March–April 2011, Young Americans for Liberty held their largest event-to-date, reminding college campuses and their local communities of the massive federal debt. Over 70+ Young Americans for Liberty chapters participated in the event, which received nationwide press.The event was designed to protest the federal government to push towards lowering the National Debt by presenting petitions to members of Congress.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Federal lawsuit against the University of Hawaii[edit]

In April 2014 two students at the University of Hawaii filed a federal lawsuit after they were prevented from handing out copies of the US constitution.[15]

Controversy[edit]

CPAC 2010[edit]

During the February 19, 2010 CPAC panel, 2 Minute Activist: Saving Freedom Across America, Students For Liberty's Alexander McCobin opened his remarks by thanking the American Conservative Union for welcoming GOProud as a co-sponsor of the event. California Young Americans for Freedom chairman Ryan Sorba followed with less than kind words for McCobin, Students For Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty's Jeff Frazee, and the American Conservative Union condemning the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for inviting GOProud.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Free cigarettes[edit]

In 2011, the official University of North Texas chapter of the YAL protested a potential outdoor smoking ban on campus by handing out cigarettes in an effort to get students to sign a petition opposing the ban.[22] When university officials reprimanded them, the group claimed they would seek legal aid and that restrictions on handing out the cigarettes was a violation of their First Amendment rights.[23] The group collected 206 signatures for the petition.[24] The university implemented the no smoking ban at the beginning of 2013.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b George Dance, "Ron Paul Helps Launch Young Americans for Liberty," Nolan Chart, Dec. 7, 2008, Web, May 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "National Events". Young Americans for Liberty. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Libertarians Protest War in Libya". Student Free Press. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fall 2009 Report". Young Americans for Liberty. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Spring 2010 Report". Young Americans for Liberty. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fall 2010 Report". Young Americans for Liberty. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "National Debt Event". Young Americans for Liberty. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Campus group protests ballooning national debt". JConline. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Display to present U.S. national debt issue". Utah Statesman. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Master the balancing Act". Augusta Chronicle. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "UC San Diego students call for awareness of the national debt". KUSI News. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Grace students join national debt protest". Journal Gazette. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Congress doing little to slow debt, student group says". Polifact Georgia. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "National debt clock to be erected in Gautier". WLOX ABC News. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  15. ^ Reilly, Clarke (2014-04-26). "Hawaiian University Sued For Blocking Students From Passing Out Copies Of The Constitution". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Andrew Sullivan "The Weekend Wrap", [1], The Atlantic, February 22, 2010
  17. ^ Michael C. Moynihan, "You Know the Lowlights. Here Are a Few Highlights from CPAC…Seriously", [2], Reason, February 21, 2010
  18. ^ Mike Madden, "CPAC crowd boos homophobe off stage", [3], Salon.com, February 19, 2010
  19. ^ Vita Brevis, "CPAC Civil War", [4], Daily Kos, February 19, 2010
  20. ^ "CPAC speaker booed for APPLAUDING gay group invite", [5], The Daily Caller, February 19, 2010
  21. ^ William Upton, "Fear and Loathing at CPAC", [6], The American Conservative, February 22, 2010
  22. ^ Heinz, Frank (2011-11-28). "UNT Students Hand Out Free Cigarettes to Protest Smoking Ban". Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  23. ^ Ryan, Rebecca (2011-11-29). "Organization protests smoking ban". North Texas Daily (University of North Texas). Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  24. ^ Smajstrla, Ann (2011-12-01). "SGA fails to pass smoking ban referendum". North Texas Daily (University of North Texas). Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  25. ^ . University of North Texas http://www.unt.edu/features/smoke-free.htm. Retrieved 29 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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