YAL has gone all out to provide you the resources you need to bring this electrifying message to your campus. We’re providing two unique ways for you to engage students on this issue as you recruit as well as brand new educational materials for your recruitment table and your follow-up meeting to dive deeper into the issues. Be sure to follow these steps to make sure your event has an impact on campus.
- Reach out to YAL’s Leadership Team for support: YAL’s Leadership Team is your number-one tool for success. Find a YAL leader near you who can help you plan and execute your activism event. Your Regional Director and the State Chairs in your area are your best resource for learning how to organize an effective activism event. If either position has not yet been filled, learn more and apply to join the Leadership Team here.
- Apply for resources: YAL is offering FREE resources and recommendations to every participating YAL chapter:
- An activism grant for up to $100
- A recruitment kit packed with materials, clip boards, sidewalk chalk, books, flyers, and everything else you’ll need to draw students to your chapter.
- Always recruit for liberty: With every activism event you do, you should recruit new members. Print out plenty of YAL sign-up sheets to sign up interested students. When your event is over, use the Member Upload Tool to upload all your new members’ information to your chapter page. Once you upload member information, each new member will get an email asking them to join your chapter.
- Make your plans: Meet up with your chapter members and plan the dates and details for your activism event. Take some time to brainstorm and put your ideas on paper. After a productive meeting, you should walk away with a clear and actionable plan with specific tasks assigned to your members.
Always keep in mind the four most important goals for any Ax The Tax activism project:
1. Recruit new members
2. Educate your classmates
3. Earn media attention
4. Reform campus policies that constrain liberty
For each activism event, there are two major components:
- An on-campus tabling or clip-boarding exercise, including a visual display to recruit new members and promote your upcoming Ax the Tax.
- A large chapter meeting/event to educate all attendees and discuss the issue you are addressing. This could be a speaker, PowerPoint presentation, politician, professor, movie, and/or general discussion.
Choose an event
Use one or both of these activism ideas to make your Ax the Tax event eye-catching and effective.
1. Ax the tax code
Why attempt to just explain how complex and burdensome the tax code is to your fellow students when you can show them! In 1913, our whole tax law was 27 pages. It’s now over 4 million words and 9,000 bloated pages. From 2001-2012 alone, there were 4,600 changes — more than one a day.
Your chapter can request a stipend to get enough pages of paper to show the extensiveness of the tax code and display it next to your recruitment table. This will be a great way to start a conversation with passing students and show just how absurd tax policy in the U.S. is today.
2. Test student’s knowledge with your Ax the Tax interactive quiz
Included in your Taxation is Theft activism kit is an interactive display for you to use to get sign ups on campus in a fun and new way. Advocates of liberty know that the government has some seriously wasteful uses of tax revenue, but chances are the students on your campus are less convinced — at least until you can bring them up to speed!
Your interactive quiz will have different questions on it regarding tax policy and government spending. As students pass by your recruitment table, ask them if they want to take the quiz to win a small prize or some candy for correct answers. Once the student guesses whether the statement is true or false, lift up the flap to display the real answer for them.
You’ll want to make sure you familiarize yourself with the questions and answers before you start quizzing students.
After just a few statements being revealed as true or false, they will start to see just how much of their money is feeding the government machine and going towards wasteful (or dangerous) spending.
To help you execute your activism event on campus YAL is providing you with a brand new set of resources and the ability to request an activism stipend for a tax code display. Included in your Ax The Tax kit will be the interactive quiz display, a customized palm card with talking points on tax policy, and tons of literature for you to pass out to students you sign up!
Check out new the YAL Freedom Note:
Reserve a high-traffic area to table on campus once you have picked your dates for execution. As a recognized student organization, it should be as simple as contacting your student affairs office and jumping through the necessary hoops to receive permission to table.
If your YAL chapter is not yet officially recognized by your university and it won’t let you reserve tabling space, don’t fear. Get creative, and always remember that the table doesn’t get recruits: you do.
If your campus gives you any trouble and tries to relegate your activism to a “free speech zone,” please contact us so we can help you defeat these unconstitutional regulations.
Reserve a classroom and the necessary video equipment, so you can host a film screening, a speaker, or give a presentation. Predict how many students you think will attend the film screening, and reserve a room to accommodate.
Be sure to check out the “Follow Up” section below to see details on some live streaming events that YAL will be hosting and your chapter can tune into.
Pro tip: Always reserve rooms that are only big enough to accommodate 75% of the amount of people you expect to show up. It is better for everyone to think that your event ended up having standing room only when you host it in a smaller room rather than think that hardly anyone showed up when you host it in a large auditorium.
We strongly suggest that you walk through the room before the event, so you understand how the equipment works and how to set up the room properly.