GCC Incarceration Nation Activism

The Fall 2015 semester ended strong at Glendale Community College with an informative and interactive experience educating fellow students of the reality of our prison population, and the reason thereof. 

Those in attendance included teenagers and grown adults, who were shocked to hear that over 4% of the world’s population resides within our prisons. Carlos Alfaro of the Marijuana Policy Project spoke of the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona, providing common sense regulations to counteract the status quo and prevent thousands of further arrests.

Mr. Alfaro educated liberty activists of the importance of campaigning and collecting signatures to ensure the initiative makes the ballot in 2016. The gathering was focused on both personal liberty and individual responsibility the initiative promotes and calls for. 

Students were greeted in the halls by liberty activists providing both the passionate and politically apathetic with the statistics regarding our nation’s prison population, and many felt compelled to take action upon learning marijuana is the leading cause of incarceration.

Many minds were changed regarding personal, responsible possession of marijuana and several students became interested in the cause of Young Americans for Liberty. At the end of the day, those in attendance left with an experience to share with their friends and a new view on the cause of YAL. 

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