Sunday, December 13, 2015

Why Did I Join Young Americans for Liberty?

Hello everyone! Chapter president here, Mackenzie Vieth! In case you haven't read my short bio for this blog, I am the last person some people would expect to join Young Americans for Liberty. When I told my family that I was now president of Young Americans for Liberty at Lindenwood - their first question was "what is that?", their second was "wait, did you say PRESIDENT?" I will admit, I had my doubts myself. I had never been especially involved in anything during my three years of college, and even in high school my extracurriculars were the simply art club and one semester of soccer. But when I met with Anna, my state chair at the time, and now my regional director for Young Americans for Liberty- I slowly realized that I had finally found something I wanted to be involved in...
To make a long story short, Anna messaged me on Facebook and said that she had noticed I had been liking a lot of her posts about the liberty movement and from the Young Americans for Liberty facebook page. She asked me if I would like me to meet for coffee so she could tell me more about it! I didn't realize at the time that she was going to ask me if I would potentially like to be part of starting a chapter of YAL at Lindenwood University. I was flattered, but told her that I didn't really know anything about politics or business - I'm just a religion major. What she told me next really resonated with me... you don't need to be a politics fanatic or a business major to be involved in Young Americans for Liberty, everyone brings a unique perspective to their chapters and you can be just as passionate as political science majors. This is so incredibly true. The message of liberty resonates with SO many people. I had never had a name or a label for what I believed in, and the more I research Young Americans for Liberty after that initial meeting with Anna - the more I thought: "this is it."
I had finally found a movement I was willing to get behind and push forth. I'm not a member Young Americans for Liberty because I needed a resume builder, or a hobby. I am a member of YAL because I believe liberty is something each individual citizen deserves, and I am proud to be one of the thousands of youth activists across the United States that is spreading the message! I've been a chapter president at Lindenwood for only four and a half months, and I've already made lifelong friends and connections - and I haven't even attended a major YAL convention yet! I can hardly wait for what the spring semester has in store for Young Americans for Liberty at Lindenwood. And now Missouri is having it's own state convention in April 2016 for YAL, and I'm a recruitment director who gets to spread the word about how much fun that convention is going to be for everyone!
Want to know more about the mission of Young Americans for Liberty? Check out my previous post on this blog!
 If you have any personal questions, email me at YALlindenwood@gmail.com!
twitter & instagram: @lindenwoodYAL

Friday, December 4, 2015

What is YAL? How Do I Know If I Should Join?

What exactly is the organization of Young Americans for Liberty, and what do we stand for?

The Basics:

WE, as Young Americans for Liberty believe:
that government is the negation of liberty; 
that voluntary action is the only ethical behavior; 
that respect for the individual's property is fundamental to a peaceful society;
that violent action is only warranted in defense of one's property; 
that the individual owns his/her body and is therefore responsible for his/her actions;
that society is a responsibility of the people, not the government.

Young Americans for Liberty believes our country was created to protect the freedoms of the individual and be directed by We the People. We recognize the natural rights of life, liberty, and property set forth by our Founding Fathers.

Young Americans for Liberty's goal to raise awareness about liberty-minded beliefs, each chapter performs a variety of events on campus, including fundraising for liberty-minded causes, hosting speakers, or tabling/protesting. Chapter all over the United States host events on campuses such as free speech walls, Constitution Week, and YAL-oween (which Lindenwood's chapter hosted earlier this year as you can see in our previous blog post)!

The History:

Young Americas for Liberty was started by Ron Paul's National Youth Coordinator, Jeff Frazee, and launched the organization with an ambitious goal of starting over 100 campus chapters in 2009. From 2009 onward, the organization's growth exploded. YAL went from 150 chapters at the end of 2009 to 600 chapters as of April 2015, and as a Lindenwood University student I am proud to be president of one of those chapters!

The Bottom Line:

Young Americans for Liberty is the perfect organization for students who want to be a part of something relevant to their lives and to the lives of everyone around them! We promote activism, give back to our community, and at the same time aim to give students the leadership skills they need to succeed! Before I was asked to be president of Young Americans for Liberty I found myself unable to find a meaningful school organization to join! YAL is the best of both worlds - we get to meet new friends, discuss things we are passionate about, and also make a difference on our campus and beyond!

Students of Lindenwood, please don't think that you have to be a political science or business major to join YAL! Personally, I am a Comparative Religions major at Lindenwood and I still love this organization and everything it stands for and am honored that I get to be a part of it!

If you believe in THIS, join Young Americans for Liberty at Lindenwood today:

lib·er·ty
ˈlibərdē/
noun
  1. 1.
    the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.
    "compulsory retirement would interfere with individual liberty"
    synonyms:independencefreedomautonomysovereigntyself-government,self-ruleself-determinationMore
  2. 2.
    the power or scope to act as one pleases.
    "individuals should enjoy the liberty to pursue their own interests and preferences"
    synonyms:freedomindependence, free rein, license, self-determinationfree will,latitude
    "personal liberty"

Your President of Young Americans for Liberty Lindenwood,
Mackenzie Vieth

 If you have any questions, feel free to email me at yallindenwood@gmail.com ! 
You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LindenwoodYAL,
 and follow us on twitter and instagram @LindenwoodYAL for updates!




Monday, November 2, 2015

YALoween

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween! This is President of Young Americans for Liberty at Lindenwood University here, Mackenzie Vieth! This past Friday, October 30th, I set up a display at Lindenwood University for what we at YAL (Young Americans for Liberty) like to call YALoween! The goal of this display was to bring students attention to the fact that Young Americans for Liberty has a presence on campus and is advocating for something that every student should care about - LIBERTY! Though getting approval for events can sometimes be a struggle, I set out to make sure that YALoween would be a success at Lindenwood and get people's attention on campus for sure! The night before, a member of my chapter and I spent the entire night preparing the tombstone display! It was a lot of work but the result was fabulous and now Lindenwood's chapter will have a display to put up every year!

We began with tri-folds that are normally used for school science projects and measured them and cut them into tombstones! Then we spray painted each tombstone one by one on the front and back and set them out to dry for about an hour before we started painting the actual words for the tombstones on! Then we painting all of our phrases onto the tombstones, and stuck wire into them so that they had a way to be secured into the ground.

This was an 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. project, but liberty never sleeps! And I felt that this was such an important event on campus to get Young Americans for Liberty's presence known on campus! I wanted our YALoween table to be seen all day, so I made the event from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. so that our display and table would get the most exposure. It was so great to see the odd looks people were giving me as I was setting up the tombstones, probably wondering what exactly was going on. This was so encouraging that people were already curious!

 
 
As students poured out of Butler Library and the two classroom buildings beside it, they began to notice the YALoween display and of course the sign that said "Take our quiz get free candy" was hard for students to pass up! I taped the definition of liberty to one side of each candy and Young Americans for Liberty Lindenwood's social media info to the other so that everyone who took a piece would see links to find out more about Lindenwood YAL! I had so many meaningful discussions last Friday that it made me proud of Lindenwood University. I talked with one veteran about the importance of education, and with another veteran about the TSA and respecting other cultures. I even had a foreign exchange student from South America ask if he could join YAL even though he wasn't technically American because he was extremely interested in American politics and policy! Special thanks to John of Young Americans for Liberty at Mizzou for making the drive from Columbia to St. Charles to help me table for YALoween! I got around 15 to 20 sign ups of people that were interested and this was such an encouraging day for me. I hope that everyone who signed up and anyone who reads this post gets excited about YAL as I am! You can follow YAL Lindenwood on social media sites here to stay in contact and get update on events:

twitter and instagram: @LindenwoodYAL