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!




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