Young Americans For Liberty Comes to UHart

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Young Americans For Liberty Comes to UHart

Michelle Brodsky, Staff Writer

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution forbids the federal government from passing any law abridging the right to freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, or freedom to petition the government. Despite this guarantee, freedom of speech has continued to be grossly encroached on. From students being expelled for voicing their opinion, to professionals being maligned and subsequently fired for holding a less-than-traditional viewpoint, free speech is under attack in the United States. Founded in 2008, Young Americans for Liberty is a youth organization meant to promote libertarian values such as freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and the overarching importance of the Constitution. In 2016, YAL began its “fight for free speech,” campaign, an initiative designed to overturn unconstitutional bans on free speech on college campuses. As of January 2019, this campaign has successfully reversed unconstitutional free speech policies at over fifty universities. Soon after, Young Americans for Liberty launched “operation win at the door,” a campaign whose goal is to elect 250 liberty-minded state house members by the end of 2022. YAL members have additionally protested the unrealistically massive national debt, U.S. military intervention in Libya, and have continued to fund various speakers through events such as YALCON. Young Americans for Liberty is neither a Republican nor a Democratic organization, but simply seeks to limit the government’s intervention in people’s daily affairs. As long as a person is not infringing on the rights of other people, they have the right to live a life free from government oversight and control. As liberty-minded individuals, we oppose socialism, restrictions on gun rights, increased taxes, and bureaucratic regulation of businesses. We seek to emancipate people from the welfare state and encourage hard-work, individualism, and education. Meetings are held on Fridays in the KF room in the library. Meeting times vary but are usually in the late afternoon. Anybody who is interested should email [email protected] or call/text 570-730-6999.