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Members of Troy University Students For Liberty teamed up with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) at Troy to sponsor a series of fundraisers to support the people of Flint, Michigan in the wake of the water crisis. We’re proud to report that we reached and exceeded our goal of raising $1000 for the people of Flint — our final total was $1289.40 raised.

44779e6a-484e-4de8-81da-753e274d397cFirst, RHA went through the dorms to collect money from students on campus and housing staff also generously donated to the cause. SFL and RHA then worked together to sell water bottles on the quad and take donations and spread information about the water crisis in Flint.

Many students had previously heard nothing about what was going on in Flint, Michigan and had no idea of the horrors Flint was facing due to government failure. A week after selling water bottles on the quad, we rented a 500-gallon dunk tank for students to dunk people and help raise money for this good cause. We received an amazing amount of participation over the three days that we had the dunk tank out on the social quad. We had 35 scheduled volunteers to work the dunk tank, both inside and out, and had even more people volunteer to help throughout the event.

These volunteers represented many perspectives from Troy’s campus. Though SFL and RHA were officially sponsoring this event, we had members of the Secular Student Alliance, Trojan Outreach, The Tropolitan (which covered the event), Students for Life, Student Alumni Association, and the NAACP involved. We had athletes, various fraternity and sorority members, housing staff, and even a professor. All of that support came from just asking a few people over a short time and the campus community really stepped up to take on a good cause. (more…)

The following was written by West Regional Director Marisa Salazar

This event was made possible by a Share Humanity Activism Grant from Students For Liberty. 

image00On Friday, April 22nd, Students For Liberty at New Mexico State University paired up with local non-profits Kaleidoscope and Peace Village to host a successful Syrian refugee benefit dinner and concert! We had both fellow students and members of the Las Cruces community in attendance to support this great cause. We began planning this event in March in order to raise awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis and help those in need.

Our original goal was to sell 40-50 tickets and raise $500. We are excited to announce that we greatly surpassed both goals with over 60 attendees and $930 raised! All of the money that was raised through ticket sales and donations is being given to the American Refugee Committee’s Syrian relief program. This organization has helped more than 32,000 displaced Syrians directly by providing water, shelter, sanitation services, and protection services to refugees in need.

image03The event was hosted at the local Unitarian Universalist church, who graciously donated their space to us for this event. We provided a full and classic New Mexican meal with food catered by a local Mexican restaurant and cooked by volunteers for the event.

On top of a delicious meal, we also provided live music! The Barneymuggers, a local oldies cover band, donated their time and talent to the event and provided wonderful music that was enjoyed by all attendees. (more…)

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. 

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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.