Great first meeting of American University YAL

Success! Young Americans for Liberty’s newly established chapter at American University received a very favorable turnout last night at our first ever general meeting. Almost forty liberty lovers showed up to learn about the organization and how they can join the fight to preserve liberty. Chapter president John Nagle led a presentation explaining AU YAL’s mission and why liberty matters. Vice president Daniel Rubino and treasurer Dan Savickas followed with overviews of personal and economic freedom, respectively.

Crowd for first meeting of AU Young Americans for Liberty

AU YAL was thrilled to be joined by staff sponsor and adjunct professor Baylen Linnekin, a specialist in food policy and founder and executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation. Professor Linnekin explained how government regulations and subsidies on foods such as tomatoes and beef have created high prices and low output, crippling markets and the wallets of consumers. Furthermore, Linnekin asserted his belief that people should have the freedom to decide what they eat, supporting the decision by many to grow their own organic produce.

AU YAL President John Nagle addresses audience

Following professor Linnekin’s presentation, Secretary Gabriel Benitez discussed upcoming events catered to like-minded libertarians. One such event, the International Students for Liberty Conference (Feb. 13-15), will attract thousands of liberty lovers from across the globe for the largest gathering of young libertarians in the world. Prominent libertarian thinkers such as Nick Gillespie, John Stossel, and a first in ISFLC history: Dr. Ron Paul! In addition to ISFLC, YAL members are also invited to register for the 2015 Conservative Political Action Committee, or CPAC (February 25-28) and the YAL State Convention on April 18 @ Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, president John Nagle announced AU YAL’s first speaker: libertarian author Dr. Tom Woods! AU YAL is very excited for the opportunity to host Dr. Woods on April 9 for a discussion on the United States Constitution. Finally, president John Nagle raffled off a copy of Tom Palmer’s Why Liberty: Your Life, Your Choices, Your Future to a lucky member of the audience. It is safe to say that AU YAL is very satisfied with the turnout of the chapter’s very first general meeting and hopes to further encourage and inspire AU students to fight for liberty.

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