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The following was written by incoming UVA Campus Coordinator Evan Davis. 

Evan received the $75 activism grant used for this event for applying early to the CC Program. If you’re interested in applying, we’re still accepting late applications until Monday, May 9th. Apply today!

Incarceration Nation turned out to be one of the most successful events we have put on so far this year at UVA!

During the day, we tabled on the lawn (UVA’s version of a “quad” at most universities). We had people take pictures holding up fake jail cell bars (see on the left in the picture below), introduced people to criminal justice reform, and spread awareness about the panel in the evening. We had four speakers at the event, including a professor at UVA, a Generation Opportunity leader, and a representative from the Charles Koch Institute. Each provided valuable insight about what’s wrong with the current system, and potential solutions. One of the leaders in our club at UVA, Grace Charlton, asked open-ended questions to the panelists, and then opened it up to the audience for questions. Lots of the questions showed a good deal of interest in the topic. The food helped attract people to the event and made it a more enjoyable experience overall.

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As it turned out, about 90 people showed up to the event to watch the speakers talk about reform. Also, I think it is safe to say that everyone was interested; while at the start many had laptops out or were checking their phones, by the end everyone looked engaged and was giving their undivided attention to the panelists. This alone may not cause any change right now, but spreading awareness and getting people thinking about this important issue is the first step to making real, significant impacts later on.Incarceration Nation at UVA

 

That’s right! This is your last chance to register for the upcoming Focus Series conference on guns, weed, wages, and everything else at stake in this year’s vote on ballot initiatives.

Taking place on Saturday morning (11:00am – 2:30pm), the conference will include free breakfast and a post-conference social lunch for all attendees. We’re looking forward to a fun and informative day with three great speakers from around California. Here’s the lineup again:

  • Minimum Wage Laws – Glen Whitman, Professor of Economics at CSU-Northridge, Screenwriter, and Editor of Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science
  • Gun Regulation in CaliforniaDaniel Palm, Professor of Political Science at Azusa Pacific University and Secretary of the West End Gun Club
  • Regulation in the Cannabis Industry – Donald Kochan, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Chapman University

I hope you’ll join us this weekend to hear from these three brilliant thinkers and discuss California Ballot Issues with fellow pro-liberty students. 

Register Now




640px-Boston_Tea_Party-CooperCronyism at its finest! On this day in 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act, once again lowering the taxes paid by the now-failing East India Company and giving it a de-facto monopoly on the market in the American colonies (since all tea had to come through Britain first). Americans continued to purchase illegal (smuggled) tea at higher prices to the surprise of many British policy makers and loudly decried the cheap tea for the tax tyranny it represented. In particular, they noted that taxes on tea entering America directly were retained despite this tax break for those in England and — specifically — for customers of the East India Company.

In just a few short months, the anger bubbled over into the direct action we now remember as the “Boston Tea Party.” Three tea ships carrying East India Company tea, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver, were docked in Boston Harbor ready to unload. But the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England and, after Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to send back the cargo, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty set to work. On December 16, they boarded the British ships disguised as Mohawk Indians and dumped the tea chests (worth nearly $1 million in today’s money) into the water. While this “Tea Party” is what stands out in memory, the history of the Tea Act itself holds an important piece of this puzzle: the colonists weren’t protesting higher taxes per se, but rather the British Parliament’s refusal to give them a say in decision making about those taxes and the blatant and costly favoritism being shown to the East India Company.

The following was written by International Executive Board Member for EsLibertad, Milica Pandžić .

You can read the original in Spanish here

A powerful (magnitude 7.8) earthquake hit northern Ecuador in recent weeks. They have already reported more than 500 dead and thousands homeless. donacion-celeste_squareIn this situation, the team of Estudiantes por la Libertad Ecuador invites all people throughout Latin America to donate to organizations with the logistical capacity to grant the necessary help to victims effectively.

In that sense, we encourage you to donate to the Ecuadorian Red Cross through its official account on the Ammado platform, in order to help with rescue efforts and shelter.

In addition, the Estudiantes por la Libertad Ecuador team is leading a campaign called #UnaBotellaPara in Manabi and Esmeraldas, to transport tap water for personal use to the most affected areas. For more information about the campaign and how to help, please contact Arianna Tanca (atanca@eslibertad.org) or Rebecca Morla (rmorla@eslibertad.org). For other ways to help Ecuador, see the website of the Ecuadorian Red Cross. 

Because solidarity has no borders, give the gift of solidarity today to those who most need it. Donate now!

We are pleased to announce that the following North American student leaders have been elected to join the 2016-2017 North American Executive Board (NAEB)! The NAEB is composed of our top leaders in the region, and is responsible for programming and community building for liberty in the United States and Canada.

The 2016-2017 North American Executive Board members are:

  • Alexis Garretson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, George Mason University
  • Brittany Wilson, Southeast Regional Director, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Chris Harelson, West Regional Director, LDS Business College
  • Cooper Williams, Great Plains Regional Director, University of Oklahoma 
  • Cory Massimino, Academic Programs Chair, Seminole State College
  • Emily Reynolds, Southeast Regional Director, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • John Knetemann, Conference Director, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Nate Baker, Deep South Regional Director, Mississippi State University
  • Rachel Chiu, Northeast Regional Director, Cornell University
  • Sam Dunkovich, Midwest Regional Director, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Theryn Meyer, Canada Regional Director, Simon Fraser University
  • Wade Craig, Chairman, George Mason University

Each of this year’s board members have demonstrated outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and professional ability; we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them this year as we continue to grow the community for liberty in North America. Get to know each new NAEB member a bit better:
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