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The long awaited Atlas Shrugged Movie hits theaters on April 15.  Now it is up to you to make sure that hundreds of thousands of people see this important film.

SFL’s Clark Ruper has already seen the movie, calling it “an incredible accomplishment” that should make any fan of the book excited to finally see this work turned into a film.  With a good turnout that first weekend, theaters showing the film will extend its run and theaters in other markets will be more likely to book the film for the weeks that follow.

Filling theaters April 15-17 is the first hurdle the film must clear if it is to achieve the impact that it can and should have.

The possibilities for spreading the message of the work to new audiences are significant, and you can help do that!  Here are a few ways:

  1. You can organize a group trip to watch the movie on opening day! The movie will be released in 13 states (check to see if your state is one of them, and which theaters it will be in).  If there is a theater playing the movie in your city, organize students in your area to take a trip to watch it together (perhaps by creating a Facebook event).  To help you out, the producers of the movie are willing to send promotional materials to anyone organizing a group to help get others involved.  If enough people see the movie during opening weekend, more theaters will be inclined to pick it up for subsequent weekends, reaching an even wider audience.  If you are interested in organizing a trip, please contact the movie’s online marketing director at http://www.AtlasShruggedPart1.com/contact.
  2. If the movie is not scheduled for release in a theater in your area, you can help appeal to your local theater to show the movie. If a particular theater predicts they can reach 1,000 ticket sales in opening weekend, there is a high likelihood that they will be willing to add the movie to their list of new releases.  If you are interested in helping confirm 1,000 ticket sales , please contact the movie’s online marketing director, at http://www.AtlasShruggedPart1.com/contact.
  3. Sign up for the newsletter. Go to the film’s official “Get Involved” page and sign up for the newsletter. That is the most efficient way for the producers to send you news and information.
  4. Promote the film through Facebook. Go to the film’s Official Facebook fan page. (a) If you’re not a Facebook member, sign up! (b) Click on the “Like” button for the film’s page. (c) Share your city’s event on your own Facebook page! Click on the event, then choose the “share” hyperlink beneath the title. This will post the event on your own wall and share it with anyone in your network who is not yet connected to The Atlas Shrugged Movie.
  5. Spread the word and make some noise! Word of mouth is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal for drumming up interest in seeing the movie.  You can: (a) Email information about the film to people in your email address book; (b) Engage in online discussions about the film; (c) Tell people in your work place and community about the film; and (d) Make your immediate and extended family aware of the film and have a family night at the movies.

These are just a few ways you can help promote the Atlas Shrugged Movie.  If you have been influenced by Rand’s work, this is your opportunity to help spread the message of reason and freedom to a wider audience.

I’ll end with a question you knew was coming: Who is John Galt?  The answer won’t come in the first movie of the trilogy, but it is a question that more people may start asking if the movie takes off.

Two weeks ago, pro-liberty students descended upon the University of Texas at Austin to participate in the first ever Central Texas Forum for Freedom. When 30+ students arrived, the truism that everything is bigger in Texas was upheld. It was an inspirational day of sharing best practices, which included detailed discussions of hosting pro-liberty speakers, leadership transitions, development, and tabling. The event drew some of the most passionate and experienced students within the state, which helped to facilitate a large selection of opinions and ideas. Even a few bright and energetic freshmen attended, a comforting sign for the future of student movement for liberty in Texas.

Amongst the most interesting ideas taken from the gathering was a suggestion for a state-wide activism event to be held at UT-Austin one day prior to the Texas SFL regional conference. It was exciting to think about students from every corner of the state uniting together annually to protest government overreach. Also, the Students For Liberty Campus Coordinators reminded student leaders of the numerous resources SFL provides including a speakers network, internship guide, tabling kits, handbooks, protest grants and more.

Going forward, the forum planned on meeting in mid-September and again in late January for the annual Mises Circle in Houston. These meetings will allow students to gather informally outside of the SFL Regional and International conferences. The Central Texas Forum for Freedom took its model from several other successful forums in DC, Philadelphia, and New York.

Students For Liberty encourages the creation of forums throughout the nation in order to continue efforts at providing a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty. If you are interested to starting a Forum for Freedom, please contact any SFL Campus Coordinator or Executive Board Member. Many are located in your area. Additionally, if you would like to follow the progress and receive updates on the Central Texas Forum for Freedom please join this Facebook page. A forum in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is planned for near future. Those interested in the DFW initiative can contact SFL Campus Coordinator Clint Townsend at ctownsend@studentsforliberty.org.

Dr. Tom G Palmer, vice president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, will be speaking at the University of Virginia this Wednesday, March 30th.  The event is hosted by the University of Virginia Students for Individual Liberty and will be on ”Defending Free-Market Capitalism, Personal Freedom, and Toleration in Unlikely Places, from Kazakhstan to Afghanistan to Obamastan”.

Dr. Palmer also sits on the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty and is a great friend of the student movement.  He is one of the best speakers on liberty, having received rave reviews from speaking at three SFL Regional Conferences last fall, so if you are in the Charlottesville area you should definitely attend this event.  Please RSVP on Facebook and help spread the word.

With less than five weeks left of recruiting, the Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator Program is already surpassing all expectations. Over 30 students from 18 different states and territories throughout the United States and Canada have already been accepted this year but there is still time to join them. These leaders have proven themselves on campus and are working to grow the liberty network beyond their campus borders.

The Campus Coordinator Program is only one year old but it has already become one of the most successful programs available to help college students spread liberty. Campus Coordinators work hard to build the liberty network by working with a variety of partner groups, including Young Americans for Liberty, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, College Libertarians, Economics Clubs, Objectivist Clubs, and many more. While these groups may disagree on some policies and views, they are a part of the broad liberty movement that seeks to advance a free academy and a free society.

Last year’s Campus Coordinators have used their experience with SFL to move into a variety of roles within the liberty movement, including jobs in Washington DC and greater leadership positions within SFL. This really is one of the greatest opportunities to receive training, develop leadership among students, and advance liberty on campus.

Candidates who are considering applying for the CC Program are welcome to contact current CCs to gain additional insights on the responsibilities, requirements, and qualifications for the program.

If you are interested in applying for the CC Program more information is available here or you can contact SFL’s Internal Operation Manager Peter Neiger at pneiger@studentsforliberty.org.

We are excited to announce that we will once again be offering student scholarships to attend FreedomFest this year! This will be our fifth year of bringing the best and brightest of the student movement to this mecca of liberty. FreedomFest is an annual festival where “free minds meet” to celebrate great books, great ideas, and great thinkers in an open-minded society. With speakers such as John Allison, Steve Forbes, Art Laffer & Doug Casey the conference is packed with leaders of liberty speaking to inspire and educate attendees. The theme for FreedomFest this year will be “Is Big Brother Here?”.

FreedomFest 2014 will take place from July 9 – 12 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide students with an opportunity to develop your leadership skills, network with activists in the liberty movement, and provide training and experience in running events for liberty. Recipients who are awarded a scholarship will have their registration to FreedomFest and housing covered by SFL. However travel costs will still be the responsibility of the individual.

All scholarship recipients will be expected to do the following:

  • Attend the conference in full to get the most possible out of it.
  • Attend the conference in business casual or business formal wear.
  • Assist as a FreedomFest volunteer in several capacities as needed by FreedomFest.
  • Assist as in covering the SFL booth at FreedomFest at designated times during the conference as well as promoting SFL with attendees in your interactions with them.
  • Attend all 3 SFL Sessions during FreedomFest
  • Attend the SFL Sponsored Reception
  • Conduct yourself at all times in a respectful manner as a representative of SFL, your school, your group, and yourself.

Email Stephen Duke at sduke@studentsforliberty.org regarding all questions regarding SFL at FreedomFest at 2014

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