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Amelia_Earhart_LOC_hec.40747June 17th was an exciting day for women’s rights! On this day in 1873, Susan B. Anthony was standing trial for a heinous crime: she had attempted to vote in the previous November’s presidential election. The judge ruled against her and she was ordered to pay a $100 fine. But Anthony used the conviction to her advantage, distributing copies of the court proceedings to fellow activists. She never paid a penny of the fine.

It was also on this day in 1928 that Amelia Earhart began her first trip across the Atlantic Ocean. She was asked aboard as “extra weight,” but the flight made her famous and she was soon being recognized for her own aviation. These events highlight two key issues in the struggle for women’s rights: the right to political participation and the right to work outside the home. (more…)

 

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Early this month, European Students For Liberty (ESFL) leaders in Georgia helped organize a rally in Tbilisi to promote marijuana decriminalization. Hundreds of young Georgians showed up in support. The protesters chanted “Do not arrest!” Some carried signs with messages like “End the drug war!” and “Pot is not a crime!” The now-annual protest brought together youth, politicians, journalists, non-governmental organizations, student groups and others in major Georgian cities including Tbilisi, Batumi, Zugdidi and Bolnisi. ESFL leader Mariam Gogolishvili summed up the aims of the rally: “We demand the government to make a change to legislation from which citizens will not bear criminal responsibility as a result of using cannabis or any products derived from it.” (more…)

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Go all-in for liberty at the 2015 SFL Charity Poker Tournament in New York City! You can help support Students For Liberty’s mission to educate and empower libertarian students worldwide by spending the evening with some of the most prominent movers and shakers of the movement and top student activists.

What better way to celebrate human freedom than a night of Texas Hold ‘Em? Previous tournaments have featured stunning upsets, glorious victories, deep rivalries, and great conversation with like-minded friends.

Hosted at the beautiful St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan, the reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the tournament beginning at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening, including a late night dessert buffet!

When: Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Where: The St. Regis Hotel, 2 East 55th St., New York City
Attire: Black Tie Optional

With your donation of $1,000 to SFL, you will receive one distribution of chips for the tournament which can be used by yourself or to sponsor a student player’s attendance. As the evening progresses, there will be an opportunity for each player to rebuy one additional time with another $1,000 donation to receive one more distribution of chips. If you would like to observe without playing, you can make a donation of $250 to attend. You can find additional registration and sponsorship options on the event page here.

Register today to reserve your place at the table!

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Special thanks to our Milton Friedman Level Sponsors, who have made this event possible and provided much needed support. If you or your organization would like to join them in becoming an official sponsor of the SFL Charity Poker Tournament, or if you would like to sponsor at any other level, please contact Thomas Darnley to discuss the details.

 

william smithHow do you contribute to SFL in your new job role?

I am currently working as the events intern working with Stephen Duke. On any given day, I am going over regional conference budgets, helping set up conference pages, or ironing out event contracts and proposals. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work with the upcoming FreedomFest, such as reviewing scholarship applications. I’m also a North American Executive Board member and the Events Director for the Colorado Regional Conference, so I’m also working to grow the Great Plains region and using what I’m learning as the events intern to improve the Colorado RC.

How did you first get interested in liberty?

When I was about 12, my dad made me extend our driveway; I didn’t really want to, but I got to work on it. After a few days of work, it was finished and I was pretty proud of it. A week later, cops came knocking on our door telling us that we had to undo all of my work because my neighbor had complained about it. Ever since then, I’ve seen the government as an agent of destruction and all of my studying has helped to reinforce this idea.

Who do you think is the most underrated libertarian thinker?

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The Economics of Freedom, which includes Frederic Bastiat’s classic essay “What is Seen and What is Not 220px-BastiatSeen,” has been translated into Sinhala, the official language of Sri Lanka.  The book also includes a short introduction by Bastiat as well as Tom Palmer’s essay “Twenty Myths about Markets.”  Translated by Aruni Shapiro and published by the Bastiat Society of Sri Lanka, Bastiat’s timeless lessons are now accessible to the people of Sri Lanka like never before!  The essay’s demonstration of how the limits of human knowledge give rise to economic fallacies are more relevant now than ever. So if you speak Sinhala or know someone who does, check out this brand new translation!