In an attempt to better share our current activities with the network, the SFL Around the World blog post series will summarize our biggest news in each region monthly.
Here’s what SFL-ers around the world accomplished in July:
ANZSFL: Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty have had our busiest July to date, running two regional conferences in Victoria and Western Australia, having two new clubs join the network, as well as the usual local clubs activities. The executive board has also been hard at work preparing for exciting soon-to-be-launched projects. It all capped off with a fabulous and memorable social function at The Clyde Hotel. You can check out the photo album here.
Africa: In Africa, Students For Liberty has been getting ready for the new school year. In July, ASFL inducted 19 new students into the Local Coordinator program for the coming year.
EsLibertad: Our first Annual Report is out! In it you will find the most prominent events in the 2015-2016 period, our outstanding leaders, and our most successful initiatives. Get to know more about Estudiantes por la Libertad by reading our Annual Report! Also this month, EsLibertad Guatemala did a great job presenting the book “El Engaño Populista” (The Populist Deceit), written by Gloria Álvarez, from the Movimiento Cívico Nacional (MCN) and Axel Kaiser, from Fundación para el Progreso (FPP). And we celebrated Milton Friedman Legacy Day in Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, and Mexico.
EPL: The 2016-2017 class of EPL Local Coordinators (LCs) began in July with more than 1300 participants! LCs started their training with a course on the “Fundamentals of Organization and Community Management,” which teaches SFL’s Theory of Social Change as well as how to build strong communities for liberty. A libertarian study group associated with EPL also launched the “Ideas have consequences” project in July. Divided into two programs — one for higher education and one for high school students — the project featured lectures on the ideas of liberty and anti-liberal bias in the Brazilian academy.
Europe: July was another exciting month for ESFL! After weeks of preparations, all registration pages for the new season of regional conferences were launched. Moreover, ESFL announced the date for it’s biggest event of the year: the ESFLC 2017, which will take place March 17-19th 2017. Students also hosted a successful Leadership Forum in Lviv, Ukraine in July leading to new contacts in Belarus. SFL Heidelberg hosted George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan for a lecture on poverty and ESFLers participated in the Lithuania Summer Festival along with a number of pro-liberty partner organizations.
North America: The biggest news from North America is, of course, the launch of the Tenth Annual ISFLC! This will be the 10th year that we gather students and alumni together to learn about new developments in the cause of liberty, meet old and new friends, and garner the energy to carry on the fight for liberty. And it is going to be big. You can register for #ISFLC17 here! We also hosted a retreat for the new Campus Coordinators at Towson University, had a little fun with the Gadsden flag, and recorded an hilarious parody of Don McLean’s “American Pie” entitled “The Day the GOP Died.”
South Asia: In July, South Asia Students For Liberty geared up for another year of activism for the liberty movement. 25 students qualified for the Local Coordinator Program after finishing a month-long academic training. The Local Coordinator Retreat was held in Delhi from July 29-31st and fresh SFLers turned up with lots of enthusiasm. Over the weekend, they learned about SFL’s Theory of Social Change and best practices for recruitment, planned activism for the year and practiced socratic seminars. In other news, South Asia SFL is launching SFL Colloquia this Fall, on topics like “Are Vices Crimes?” and the “Uberization of the World.”