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2015-2016 was both the most challenging and most inspiring year for Students For Liberty yet. In many ways, the tides of tyranny rose around the globe. At the same time, though, the student movement for liberty did not stand idly by. Over the course of the past year, SFL’s students and alumni took on a corrupt government in Brazil, personally provided relief for those in need from tragedies like the earthquake in Ecuador, and introduced more young people to the principles of economic, social, and intellectual freedom than ever before.

This is why I’m pleased to share with you SFL’s 2015-2016 Annual Report, which details how this past year was the biggest and most meaningful year of Students For Liberty to date. By the numbers, SFL continued to grow at an incredible pace:

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That’s an 8% growth in student groups, 129% growth in leaders trained, 92% growth in conferences run, 120% growth in conference attendees, and 52% growth in media attention! These are incredible numbers. As I write in my final Letter from the President, the size and scope of Students For Liberty today is beyond anything we ever imagined when we started SFL almost a decade ago.

New Call-to-actionBeyond the numbers, every data point represents the story of a student who is learning about and standing up for liberty thanks to SFL. Take James Michel in Haiti for instance, whose story you can read about on page 14.

Jean Charles “James” Michel first joined SFL as a Charter Teams member in fall 2015 and, after completing Liberty 101, he quickly set to work recruiting for SFL Haiti. Facing obstacles like poor internet access and a hostile university administration, James met each challenge with grace and creativity. When the group found a restaurant willing to let them meet – but only on the condition that each member buy something – James bought juice for everyone present, knowing that some students couldn’t afford the cost. Today, the group has grown from four students to 20, has an active presence on Twitter, and even sent a few members to this year’s ISFLC.

This is the kind of dedication to that one can expect from all SFL leaders. This is the way the student movement for liberty is growing. This is how the student movement for liberty changes the world. This is the kind of story each number in the Annual Report represents.

As far as SFL and the student movement for liberty has come, there is much more for us to do. In the meantime, though, I want to thank you for being part of and supporting Students For Liberty. I hope you enjoy reading through the rest of the report and take pride in the growth of SFL and student movement for liberty.

2015-2016 was SFL’s best year yet. Together, we have high hopes for 2016-2017 being even greater. Here’s to a freer future!

The following is a message from our friends at the State Policy Network.

SPN GLFThe Generation Liberty Fellowship is an excellent competitive opportunity to attend the State Policy Network Annual Meeting. At the Annual Meeting, young leaders meet with hundreds of leading professionals and experts who have worked to advance state policy reforms in line with the American principles of liberty and law.

As a Generation Liberty Fellow, you will participate in interactive workshops, be exposed to many opportunities available in the non-profit community, receive professional coaching in career sessions, and further your interest in working for liberty at the state and local level.

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The following post is written by one of SFL’s summer interns.unsafe

When Ruth Benedict wrote her widely influential study of Japan, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (1946), she distinguished between shame cultures and guilt cultures, noting that each has its own unique methods of getting people to fall in line with cultural norms. Benedict identified the United States as a guilt culture and thought the  significance of the Christian faith (with its emphasis on guilt) and its proliferation on American soil was largely responsible for this outlook. Today, however, America fits much more uneasily into the definition of a guilt culture. Indeed, there is one important place in the United States where shame culture is enjoying a toxic reign: the college campus.

Coming to us 70 years after Benedict’s book was released, Unsafe Space – The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus examines this new outlook in academic life throughout the Anglosphere. This insightful book is edited by Tom Slater and is composed of contributions from nine writers, all focused on the value of free speech and the existential threat it faces on campuses, especially in the US and the UK. The book contains chapters encompassing everything from trigger warnings to the cult-like bullying that is carried out on those who dare to blaspheme against the climate change consensus.

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The following post is for an event hosted by our friends at Libertarian Christian Institute.

The Christians For Liberty Conference is an event dedicated to Christian libertarianism, a movement that explores and celebrates the convergence of the Christian faith and libertarian thought. Uniting and organizing Christian libertarians is not always an easy task and the annual CFL conferences present a great opportunity for libertarian-minded Christians to come together once a year as a congregation.

This year, events at the conference begin at 9:00 AM and include great food, discussion, networking, and speakers. The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Murphy, a scholar at the Mises Institute, a co-host of the Contra Krugman podcast, and author of books such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism. Other speakers include Dr. Norman Horn, Jason Rink, and Doug Stuart. There will be plenty of time to meet new people and celebrate Christ. At the conclusion of the formal events, everyone will be invited to a social hour at Opal Divine’s Penn Field.

Doors open at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The event will take place at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. The registration fee is $50 for adults and $25 for students.

Click here for more information and to register today!

The following is a post from Alex Marsella, a student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

AM1We planned to host our “free speech beach ball” event on April 25th, weeks in advance. Oddly enough, it was announced a few days prior to our event date that Donald Trump would be hosting a rally at our school the same day. This worked perfectly, as we were able to interact with several times as many students as we would have otherwise. We rolled our ball through the anti-Trump protest AND the line of people waiting for Trump.

While we probably got about a thousand people to write on our beach ball, the events of the day made it harder to get signups than it usually would have been. Despite this, reaching out to about a thousand people and being on the local news was certainly good for our club. Here are some pictures of what transpired that day:

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