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You may remember the No Nanny Corner Store events we held earlier this year in Toronto and Calgary. The story was picked up by some pretty big news outlets.

Well, now’s your chance to be part of the action at the next No Nanny Corner Store stunt – this time in Ottawa!

SFLcanadanonannyOn Wednesday, December 14th SFL Canada will once again be taking over a corner store and filling it with our specially-created plain-packaged products.

We plan on giving people a glimpse into what the world would look like if we let government get away with overtaxing, over-regulating, or straight up banning everything that isn’t good for you.

The store will be decked out with all of the “appropriate” warnings, and we will be giving out “government approved” bags of chips, pop, and chocolate bars.

But I need your help to pull this off!

If you’re interested, just reach out to me at dclement@studentsforliberty.org

 

Here are some details:

  • The store will run from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Wednesday, Dec. 14th)
  • We will go to Parliament Hill to hand out materials from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • And if you need assistance getting to Ottawa, just let me know and we’ll help you get here!

Looking forward to another great event!

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Our friends at the Human Rights Foundation might have a position that’s right for you! Right now, there are a few positions open, ranging from a Communications Specialist (requires two years’ experience in communications, journalism, or public relations) to a variety of internships.

Internships currently open are:

  • Legal Intern: Under the guidance of HRF attorneys, the interns will research from diverse sources of legal information, including treaties, international decisions, domestic legislation and decisions, government and institutional records, academic papers, journals, etc. They will draft memoranda memorializing the results of research, and may also assist in drafting other articles and writings related to international human rights.
  • Conferences and Event Intern: The event intern will work closely with the Freedom Forum program team on event coordination related to the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum, which will take place May 22-24, 2017, as well as other events hosted by HRF. Main tasks will include conference logistics, including booking travel and arranging visa applications for international attendees, as well as drafting social media posts and researching speakers and performers.

If you’ve got a strong passion for individual rights and want to make a difference in the world, consider applying for one of these great opportunities. Click here for more information and instructions to apply. 

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Earlier this year, SFL Canada announced and launched its #FreeToChoose Nanny State Campaign. The Free To Choose campaign focuses on calling out big government ridiculousness and absurd regulations in Canada. With the #FreeToChoose campaign, Students for Liberty Canada is telling the government to get out of our lives and to stop treating adults like children.

So far, our efforts have been featured on the CBC, CTV, in the Toronto Sun and much more!

Now, we are pleased to announce that SFL Canada will be offering Canadian students activism stipends of up to $250 for Nanny State activism! This means that if you are looking to do anti-nanny state activism on campus, or in your community, SFL Canada is offering up to $250 to help make it happen!

What are Nanny State or lifestyle regulations?
Nanny state laws (or lifestyle regulations) are regulations that limit consumer choice, trample on personal freedoms, and treat adults like children.

What are some examples of nanny state regulations?

  • Proposals to put graphic warning labels on alcohol
  • Cities mandating climate change warning stickers on gas pumps
  • Plain packaging tobacco
  • Additional taxes on sugar and products like soft drinks
  • Municipalities banning peer-to-peer services like Uber and AirBnB
  • Bans on selling alcohol in corner stores 14670769_1220384978029365_7833622546745217104_n
  • Heavy restrictions on vaping
  • The continued criminalization of cannabis

Nanny state activism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Handing out “plain packaged” goods on campus
  • Getting published in your campus newspaper
  • Hosting a speaker on campus to talk about regulation
  • Protesting lifestyle regulations in a creative way
  • Writing a blog post exposing ridiculous regulations
  • Tabling on campus about lifestyle regulation

Apply for a grant today!

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Students For Liberty is pleased to announce the launch of the Speak Freely Advocate (SFA) Program.

 

The SFA program is a premier activist program designed for students looking to defend and promote free speech on their college campuses, and in their communities. SFL will be accepting 20 students from across North America to participate in this exclusive program. SFAs will take on Free Speech initiatives on campus from January through May of 2017 and will receive hands-on training and support from staff at SFL.

If free speech matters to you, and you are looking to make a difference, then we strongly encourage you to apply to the SFA program! Below are the qualifications, compensation, and obligations for students who are accepted into the SFA program:

Compensation: SFAs will be compensated with a $500 stipend upon completing the Speak Freely program.

Qualifications:

To participate in the SFA program, you must… 

  • Be a current student with an exceptional record of pro-liberty activism
  • Have prior experience in a leadership role with a pro-liberty organization

Expectations and Benefits:

  • SFAs will have their travel and accommodation paid for by SFL to attend our International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington DC from February 17th-19th.
    • SFAs will be required to participate in SFL’s Free Speech training at ISFLC.
  • SFAs will have their travel and accommodation paid for by SFL to attend our exclusive spring Free Speech Summit (April 28th-30th, 2017).
    • Attendance is required for participation in the program.
  • SFAs will be required to complete SFL’s online free speech training course.
  • SFAs will be required to host a minimum of two free speech on campus events with a total attendance of 100 students.
    • SFAs will have up to $1000 to help promote and carry out those on campus events.
  • SFAs will be expected to get four media hits during their completion of the Speak Freely program. (Media hits include published articles or media coverage of events. SFAs will work directly with SFL’s Media Associate to generate media attention.)

The deadline to apply is December 20th, so get your application in soon!

Apply to be an Advocate today!

The following is an open letter from all of us at Students For Liberty.

For more information, or to join the SFL network, please subscribe here or reach out to North American Programs Director David Clement at dclement@studentsforliberty.org.

Dear College Democrats,

This election has left progressives and liberals feeling scared about the prospects for America’s future. Many libertarians share your concerns about the direction the country is headed, and we at Students For Liberty are no exception.

Considering the widespread outrage at the results of the election, we want to make this clear: if you are a College Democrat (or Democrat-affiliated) group and share our concerns on certain issues, we are more than willing to work with you and provide you with any resources you need.

After this polarizing election, we’re taking a stand to advocate for people and education over politics and division. You’re invited to become part of this much-needed conversation by joining the SFL network. Pro-liberty students and liberals/progressives share similar perspectives on many different issues, and we’d love to support your activism in areas such as:

  • Police brutality
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Defending press freedom and the right to privacy
  • Anti corruption initiatives
  • Freedom of speech and expression

We provide grants, training, activism resources, and access to a network of pro-liberty students not just in the United States, but all around the world.

Whatever your issue of choice is, we’re here to help make sure pro-liberty beliefs, whether expressed by libertarians or liberals/progressives, are represented on college campuses across the country (and world)! We’ll never subject you to a purity test or demand allegiance to any particular candidate or approach. As long as your message is pro-liberty, we’re more than happy to help.

Since we’re not a chapter-based organization, College Democrats groups can retain their status while still taking advantage of resources from SFL. We want to build coalitions with student groups who share aspects of our vision for a better society, and we want to provide student activists with the support they need to act on their frustrations following the election. Working together, we can bring about positive change. Are you with us?

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Sincerely & For Liberty, 

SFL North America