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AWH-instagram_November2015Antiwar.com is looking for your best pro-peace poetry! As libertarians, we’re unique in our commitment to opposing war in all its forms, something SFL has stood for since our inception. Now more than ever, we must raise a cry against the ravages of war as our leaders seem intent on answering the carnage in Paris with yet more death and destruction.

As we know all too well, this is a fool’s errand indeed.

We at SFL are grateful that Antiwar.com has taken this opportunity to showcase the pro-peace sentiment that still defines much of the liberty movement. As a student organization, we know that the cause of peace is still a poignant one for young people, who have historically been the most dedicated defenders of non-intervention, cosmopolitanism, and peace.

We hope that many of you will enter the contest and show the world that SFL remains committed to the core values laid out in Peace, Love, Liberty. While we’re most excited about the five copies we’ll be awarding to runners-up, you should be sure to check out the full roster of prizes here.

Here are the parameters for the contest:

Make your point in a clear 5-7-5 syllable Haiku and submit your entry for a chance to win. We have lined up some great prizes from some of the strongest supporters of peace in our community, including .5 BTC .7BTC and .5 BTC for the top 3 winners. There is no limit on the number of poems you can submit. The contest runs from now until midnight on December the 16th. Once your entry is submitted to the official email address: (AntiwarHaiku@antiwar.com) please tweet/facebook/instagram your haiku @antiwarcom with the hashtag #AntiwarHaiku so your message of peace can be seen.

Follow Antiwar on social media to stay up to date and share your favorite Haikus. Tell the world #WhyIAmAntiwar.

They also suggest changing your Facebook of Twitter profile picture to this image for the duration of the contest to drive home the point and remind you friends on social media that you stand for peace. Good luck!

12301579_1659891900917033_8635603277098365976_nToday, the students of Princeton’s Open Campus Coalition will meet with Princeton President, Christopher L. Eisgruber per their request in an open letter released last week (see below). There has already been quite a lot written about the brave stand these students have made in the face of the illiberal demands of Princeton’s Black Justice League (to which the administration has so far largely acquiesced).

While it is undeniable that it is important to recognize and discuss the disgusting racism of men like Woodrow Wilson, it’s hard to see how completely expunging him from Princeton’s institutional memory will achieve that goal, especially if this is done over the dissenting cries of members of the Princeton community.

Even more worrying, is the call for “cultural competency training” and a public conversation “on the true role of freedom of speech and freedom of intellectual thought.” Such language makes clear that dissenting opinions on the role of free speech in a liberal society will not be welcome in that conversation. As one student related in the Daily Princetonian: (more…)


Students For Liberty (SFL) is pleased to announce that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot will be headlining the 9th International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC16) on Friday night. She and a bandmate will kick off the largest annual gathering of libertarian students with a talk and Q&A session.

Pussy Riot’s anti-authoritarian stunts have gained international attention and the Kremlin’s ire in recent years. Tolokonnikova was famously arrested in 2012 after performing a song critical of Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. She was released in December 2013 after nearly two years in detention. Only two months later, Tolokonnikova was famously attacked with whips by Cossack militia members at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In the past year, Pussy Riot have begun releasing English language songs, turning their attention to more international political topics. In February, they released “I Can’t Breathe,” a song titled after Eric Garner’s famous last words and dedicated to “all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror.” In November, they released “Refugees In,” filmed at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibit, calling on the international community to welcome persecuted peoples fleeing violence in the Middle East.

Register today for $5 off as a #CyberMonday special. Prices go up $10 tomorrow, so save $15 while you can today! You won’t want to miss the chance to see Pussy Riot live at ISFLC16.

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amazon-smile.fw_This holiday season, support the student movement for liberty with AmazonSmile. For every eligible purchase on Amazon, Students For Liberty can receive 0.5% back to support our student programs. That’s 0.5% to support students like Thomas who’s standing up for his First Amendment rights on campus despite the administration’s best efforts to quell them. Or Kaytee, who’s fighting back against her professors’ political bias.

Whether you’re hitting the web today for Black Friday or waiting to do your holiday shopping later, click here to designate a portion of the proceeds from your holiday purchases to SFL!

From all of us at SFL, happy holiday season!

12247044_1124770400883961_1441380499799967205_nIf there’s one thing most libertarians have in common, it’s that we’re related to some people who… aren’t libertarians. We love them anyway, but sometimes it makes large family functions difficult to navigate.

We know our families don’t agree with us about everything – and we know we’re not going to convince them over the course of one meal. Besides, we don’t always want to be the spokesperson for our entire political ideology (not the mention everyone else who identifies with it). So to help you avoid ticking off more family members than necessary this Thanksgiving, here are some tips for getting through the holidays as a hardcore liberty advocate.

First, an important disclaimer: I haven’t actually put all of these into practice, so I’m not making any guarantees; they just sounded like good ideas.