YAL’s #RestoreThe4th kit has you covered with everything you need to advocate the vital importance of privacy 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:
- A #RestoreThe4th kit packed with materials including clipboards, surveillance warrant palm cards, a poster, laptop webcam stickers 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. Add your new sign ups to your chapter page, and each new member will get an email asking them to join your chapter on the website.
- 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.
Ask yourselves some basic questions: What do you want to do? Who is going to do what? When are you going to do it? How much preparation time is needed? When are you going to meet again to prepare?
Always keep in mind the four most important goals for any Restore the 4th activism project:
- Recruit new members
- Educate your classmates on privacy rights
- Earn media attention
- 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 #RestoreThe4th meeting/event.
- 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.
Issue “surveillance warrants” to your fellow classmates
Suit up! Wear a suit (if accessible), rock your YAL spy shades, pin up your “Government Surveillance Officer” badge and play the part of a government agent!
While wearing your YAL spy shades, government surveillance officer badge, and spy earpiece, flag down your classmates on cause of suspicious activity! Use YAL’s “Government Surveillance Warrant” palm cards and check off the box that best fits their “reasonable suspicion”.
“Excuse me but you’re walking suspiciously fast right now, I’m going to have to check your bags as authorized by this secret warrant.” “Oh you refuse? That’s great! I’m ______ with Young Americans for Liberty advocating against government surveillance on everything from your phone calls to your social media accounts. Come join us in taking our liberty vs surveillance quiz!”
YAL’s #RestoreThe4th activism event is designed to educate students on the extensive surveillance history of the US government as well as its current capabilities. Spark a discussion on whether they believe it’s intrusive, efficient, or event constitutional for the government to spy so broadly on US citizens. Use an outward facing laptop with an active webcam and pretend to monitor students as they walk by on campus. Use this display alongside your Big Brother poster to draw students attention to the issue of telephone and internet privacy. Once you get the signup, don’t forget to hand out the #RestoreThe4th laptop security sticker and invite them to your next meeting on privacy rights!
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.
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.