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Louis Lo is a member of SFL’s Charter Teams program, based out of Hong Kong.

“I disagree with the statement that I deliberately break the law. What I did was simply going to the square which was open for free assembling in 2012 and 2013.” – Joshua Wong after his recent arrest by Hong Kong Police Force.

Joshua_Wong_Causeway_Bay_130604On September 26, 2014 Joshua Wong assembled a number of protestors in order to reclaim The Citizen’s Square for a pro-democracy protest. Eleven months later, he was charged for “unlawful assembly, and inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly.” The charges could result in a sentence of up to five years.

The Umbrella Revolution started as a student strike to express dissatisfaction towards the electoral structure of the Chinese Communist Party. From students, the movement spread to every age group in Hong Kong. It is worth noting that the Umbrella Revolution, or at least the dominating parties in the Umbrella Revolution, were pro-government. The only things that matters to them is that it is not the CCP government who is regulating them. But the protestors do fight for things like rent control and nationalisation of Hong Kong public transport system in addition to civil nomination.

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Up to Us promo imageIf you are interested in building leadership skills, winning big prizes, networking with student leaders from across the country, and raising awareness among our generation about the country’s long-term national debt, apply for this year’s Up to Us competition! The deadline for applications is this Sunday, August 30th at 11:59pm PT, so don’t miss out! The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

The Up to Us program empowers student teams from across the nation to work together to create thought-provoking, creative campaigns to raise awareness about critical issues affecting their future — the long-term fiscal challenges facing our country. Students who participate in Up to Us:

  • Win big prizes
  • Gain real-world leadership skills while building their resume
  • Develop hands-on project management skills
  • Design creative campaigns and get funding to put their plans into action
  • Get connected to a network of student leaders across the country

afl-2015-relaunchYou know that libertarian moment we’ve all been waiting for? It may just be upon us.

Today, Young Americans for Liberty and Students For Liberty – the two largest pro-liberty student organizations in the world – are joining forces to bring you a fully integrated alumni network: the bigger and better Alumni For Liberty!

Born of a need to accommodate the growing and increasingly active pro-liberty alumni community, AFL aims to connect alumni to each other and to student leaders like never before. You can click here to view a video announcement from SFL’s President Alexander McCobin and YAL’s Executive Director Jeff Frazee. But here’s a sneak peek at what Alumni For Liberty has to offer:

  • A bigger network than ever before. With the ability to connect with both SFL and YAL alums, the new AFL gives you access to a bigger liberty family than you’ll know what to do with. Whether the network helps you find your next job, a new friend, or partners for a project, we’re excited to see what our alumni can do together!

  • New resources for members. We’ve revisited the question of what alumni want from a network like AFL and are pleased to announce that we’ll be rolling out many new programs in the coming months. From career support to ongoing education, AFL aims to offer resources that empower you to advance liberty in your life.

  • Opportunities to support students leaders in new and creative ways. More than anything else, AFL is a way to give back to the student liberty movement. You’ll have increased ability to direct your donations towards projects you care about through programs like SFL’s Student Disorientation activism grant project.

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For only $10 per month, you will help provide much needed financial support to the next generation of pro-liberty student activists. If you enjoyed your experience in SFL or YAL, now is the time to join AFL and continue to advance the cause of liberty. Even if YAL or SFL did not exist during your college days, you can still join and receive full benefits!

Your participation makes all the difference. While $10 per month not seem like much, 1,000 alumni supporting at that level allows us to dedicate an additional $120,000 per year for YAL and SFL’s student programs.

So spread the word, get involved, and enjoy the new Alumni For Liberty!

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Tomorrow is the last day to apply for the Faith Entrepreneur Prize, which offers $100,000 to a young social entrepreneur looking to change the world through faith-based community engagement. The prize is part of Forbes’ Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition and the judges are looking for an “entrepreneur of the spirit” who has created a charitable organization that might be the next Repair the World, World Vision, Interfaith Youth Core, Science for Monks, American Islamic Congress, or Focus. As reflected in these examples, the prize is not intended to celebrate any particular faith tradition or notion of God, and applications are welcome from anywhere in the world.  (more…)

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Political involvement is an important part of being a responsible citizen. In addition to making your voice heard, being politically engaged allows you to learn more about your community and connect with the people around you. It’s important to understand the ideas of liberty and connect with fellow classical liberals, but it’s critical that we also connect with those from across the political spectrum. This not only allows us to better understand how our ideas are seen or understood by others, but opens to door for creative collaboration towards a freer world.   

That’s one reason that, this September, SFL’s president, Alexander McCobin, will be addressing the upcoming United We Stand Festival, hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation. The conference aims to bring together socially-conscious political and cultural leaders in order discuss and debate electoral processes. (more…)