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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 September:

Africa: Olumayowa Okediran, Director of African Programs at Students for Liberty, spoke to the South African Institute for Race Relations on the work of SFL in the region. September also saw the launch of ASFL’s Open Online Local Coordinator Program, which aims to train local student leaders across Africa!

14380005_10153744111346459_8814272258801718258_o ESFL: On September 17th, ESFL kicked off their Regional Conference season in Yerevan, Armenia, where 30 students gathered to learn more on how the ideas of liberty can make Armenia a better place. On the same evening, over 60 people participated in an informal Liberty Evening in Prague. One week later, on September 24th, the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, was the stage of the second conference of this season, which ESFL organised in cooperation with Lithuanian Liberal Youth. Another highlight of the month was Maastricht Students For Liberty organizing a lecture on private healthcare, titled “Private Healthcare: How I stopped worrying and love the competition!”

EsLib: Eslibertad’s Argentina team held a seminar titled “Keynes, Friedman and the Triumph of the Austrian School,” which had Javier Milei as speaker.  Meanwhile, SFL Mexico gathered at the national plaza of Mexico City in order to defend the right to same-sex marriage with a colorful protest and the slogan #LibreParaAmar (Free To Love). Around 200 students wrote their ideas of what freedom meant for them during the event, and 400 people were given #LibreParaAma bookmarks. The team in Venezuela held a Local Coordinator retreat in Miranda, whilst EsLibertad Guatemala have been organizing reading groups centered around critiquing The Communist Manifesto.

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North America: Students across North America attended the Campus Debut of Deep Web, jointly organized by SFL, YAL, and SSDD. The movie tells the story of Ross Ulbricht’s efforts to create the “Silk Road” online market, which ended with his 2013 arrest. September also saw the launch of our 2016 Regional Conference season, which aims to explore the future of freedom in a variety of areas. With individual themes ranging from anarchism to free market environmentalism, these conferences are giving North American students a taste of libertarian ideas and the liberty movement in general. North American social media has also been myth-busting the “success” of socialism in Venezuela with our #PorUnaVenezuelaLibre campaign.

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 August:

ANZSFL: August saw Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty select their new Regional Coordinators, who will work to advance liberty in their respective regions! They are:

  • Western Australia: Eva Christensen, Darian Whyte, and Julian Hasleby
  • South Australia: Robert Bartnik
  • Queensland: Campbell Ray, Rodrigo Mello
  • New South Wales: Erika Salmon and Cody Findlay
  • Victoria: Will Joseph and James Halliday
  • Tasmania: Tarek Muhtaseb
  • New Zealand: Aidan Carter

Cq1tDUdUIAAtm6jCharter Teams: Having had tremendous success across the globe, Students For Liberty first dropped anchor in South East Asia in 2015. After a year of inspiring, motivating, and educating students, our Charter Team successfully held their first ever South East Asia Conference in Jakarta. This was a huge opportunity for SFL Indonesia in the current phase of their movement. They started small (with less than three Charter Team members) and ended up having 20 students working to put this conference together. Check out what attendees got up to by browsing the conference hashtag, #SEASFLC16.

ESFL: It was an extremely busy month (as ever!) for European Students For Liberty. Highlights included the inaugural TOP 100 Retreat, which brought several generations of pro-liberty leaders active in ESFL from all across Europe to discuss strategies for promoting liberty in the coming year, work on regional plans to further the causes they are working on and continue planning on different campaigns.

Meanwhile, thirty students participated in the traditional five-day long Summer Academy organised by leaders from our partner Lithuanian Liberal Youth. A similar academy was also held in Iceland!

13876327_832307366869174_6873241504451971969_nEsLib: Estudiantes por la Libertad continued to promote the ideas of liberty in the pursuit of a freer society. This month, the Executive Board Retreat was held in Quito, Ecuador. A Local Coordinator Retreat was also held in Perú. Several other activities were held all along the region. The region saw well-attended monetary policy discussions in Ecuador, sessions on the dangers of socialist violence in Chile, another “Formula of Liberty” event in Bolivia, and much more.

North America: At the beginning of August, we announced world-renowned social psychologist Jonathan Haidt as the first confirmed speaker for the 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference (#ISFLC17).

HaidtAugust also saw attempts to restrict and regulate the Gadsden flag (a popular symbol of freedom), with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission looking to make it a punishable offense for employees to wear attire with the Gadsden flag or similar insignia on it. Our #SaveTheGadsden campaign took social media by storm. Read more about it here.

This August, SFL Canada generated a massive buzz around their #FreeToChoose activism! The highlight of the #FreeToChoose campaign has undoubtedly been the Nanny State Corner Store stunt, which took place on August 11th. SFL Canada took over a Toronto corner store and stocked it with plain-packaged pop, chips, and chocolate.

South Asia: South Asia Students For Liberty has 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 29 to 31st Aug 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 ‘Uberization of the World’.”

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.

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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.

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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:isflc17-site-rotator 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.”

 

In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

Here’s a round-up of each region’s achievements in February. Check out what SFL-ers around the world accomplished last month!

Africa: ASFL was well-represented at the ISFLC with EB chairwoman Linda Kavuka speaking on a number of panels. Linda has also spearheaded many of our programs there including WFL seminars and issue-based campaigns. ASFL also opened applications for their Local Coordinator (LC) program this month.

The SFL meet-up at the Asia Liberty Forum

The SFL meet-up at the Asia Liberty Forum

Charter Teams: CT members put together an SFL meet up at the Asia Liberty Forum in Kuala Lumpur and formed a SFL-Southeast Asia organizing committee.  We’re also up and running in Korea now after hosting our first event and in the Philippines, where a fledgling student group is getting things started.

EPL: EPL hosted a leadership retreat for around 40 leaders this month and organized a libertarian carnival block. EPL also took all three student awards at the ISFLC with Julio Lins taking student of the year, DCE Ibmec taking event of the year, and the Ajuricaba Club taking group of the year.

EsLibertad: Students in El Salvador and Guatamala were able to reach 20,000 people through their #AmorEsLibertad campaign for Valentine’s Day. Es Lib also had a big presence at ISFLC with EB member Lilian Lucena speaking on two panels, LC Julio Guevara winning the Atlas Network’s Student Impact Competition and the $1,500 prize, and three executive board members participating in the Liberty Fund round-table.

SFL leaders attend a leadership retreat in Brazil

EPL leaders attend a leadership retreat in Brazil

Europe: ESFL-ers were busy attending ISFLC and planning the ESFLC this month. Around 40 students also participated in ESFL’s End the Drug War and Advanced Communications Training, plus students hosted successful leadership fora in Israel and Montenegro.

North America: North America was also very busy this month with ISFLC, where EB member Kayla Garthus won $1,500 for her “this is Socialism Wall” which she pitched to judges in the Atlas Student Impact Competition. Finally, students were busy planning and promoting SFL’s Focus Series, a series of single-issue conferences this spring (this is the first time we’ve done this in NA!).

South Asia: SFL-South Asia wrapped up two regional conferences in Mumbai and Delhi, which brought over 120 attendees. Attendees watched the documentary India Awakes (which you should all watch!) and discussed local political issues.

The WFL panel at ISFLC

The WFL panel at ISFLC

Women For Liberty: WFL hosted a panel at the ISFLC with human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer and some of the best women leaders around the world. WFL is also planning two international conferences tentatively scheduled for June and July in Nepal and the USA.

In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

Fresh off an amazing 2015, North American leaders have returned to campus and started 2016 off with a bang.

SFL Campus Coordinator Kaytee Moyer caused quite a stir with her PennLive op-ed “Hey Baby Boomers- thanks for that $18 trillion in debt you left us.” Her article, calling out older generations for their fiscal mismanagement, was viewed by tens of thousands of people and drew in close to one thousand comments!

image03On the academic side, Campus Coordinator Jason Lee Byas had his paper “Assessing Abolition” accepted for presentation at the 2016 APEE conference. Executive Board Chairwoman Emily Rhorick received an honorable mention as a nominee for FEE’s Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award.

At Troy University, Executive Board member Jeremiah Baky decided to take on the issue of free speech by bringing back a 200 year old tradition, the soap box and megaphone!

Campus Coordinator Cory Massimino has helped launch a new virtual reading group that looks at the intersection of classical liberalism and Black Studies. image01This innovative reading group will dive deep into the abolition of slavery, the civil rights movement, black power and mass incarceration.

With below seasonal temperatures, Campus Coordinator Bela Cunningham and Executive Board Member Angel Lauver handed out hot chocolate to cold students at the University of Florida.

January has proven to be an amazing month for North American activism, and it will only get better come February!

Please view our regional blog pages for updates on SFL’s other regions.