It’s no secret that America’s colleges and universities are bedrocks of progressive and liberal political philosophies. Often, education officials and their policies border on propaganda and anti-conservative extremism. In response, moderate and conservative students across the country have found a way to fight back. They’re organizing chapters of Young Americans for Liberty at record numbers.
33 new chapters this Spring
At the start of this year’s Spring semester, the libertarian student organization had already added 33 new chapters, and counting. As the group’s announcement reads, “This Spring semester YAL has grown like gangbusters! Already we’ve started 33 new chapters to increase our nationwide network, and we’re literally adding more by the day.”
The most recent round of new YAL chapters includes small colleges like Jefferson State Community College and Corning Community College, to larger campuses like Xavier, Louisville and Georgetown Universities. The liberty movement is growing so fast throughout the US, by the end of the Spring semester, YAL organizers could easily double or triple the number of new chapters.
The 33 newest schools to welcome a Young Americans for Liberty chapter on campus:
College of Charleston
Corning Community College
Eastern Kentucky University
Horry-Georgetown Tech. College
Jefferson State Community College
Kutztown U. of Pennsylvania
Northeastern Illinois University
Pennsylvania State University
Quinsigamond Community College
San Jose State University
Sinclaire Community College
Tarrant County College
Tulane University of Louisiana
U. of Louisville
U. of Maryland-College Park
U. of Maryland-University College
U. of New Mexico
U. of South Alabama
U. of St Thomas
U. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Organizing a YAL chapter
With the organization’s rapid growth, one might think that anyone with a heartbeat and a mailing address could start a local chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. But while it’s not too difficult to start one, it’s not quite that easy either. The group takes great measures to insure that each new local school has a minimum of three YAL members and the ability to function as a legitimate campus organization.
Showing just how successful many of the YAL chapters have been lately, it was only last month that this column reported on YAL’s record setting attendance at one of its on-campus gatherings. A January 12-13 leadership conference at Northern Illinois University last month drew as many as 100 registered participants. The event’s organizers initially only expected 30 attendees.
“The Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Northern Illinois University has operated under an administration that is set on stifling speech rights and ensuring no one messes with the status quo,” NIU’s Ryan Michie said after the event, “That is why my chapter set an ambitious plan to bring more attendees for a Youth Leadership School than anyone else in the Midwest ever. And we did it.”
Read the January 31, 2013 edition of this column titled, ‘Young Americans for Liberty sets Record Attendance’ for details.
According to YAL’s announcement, “If there isn’t a YAL chapter near you, start one. It’s a super simple process, and you only need three members (you + two) to get going.” The liberty-defending organization also provides an interactive map where interested students can search to see if a YAL chapter exists at their college or university. Click here to view the map of YAL chapters across the nation and for more information on how to start a local affiliate on your own campus.
For more information on the student youth organization Young Americans for Liberty, visit their website at YALiberty.org.
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Young Americans for Liberty sets Record Attendance