Incarceration Nation at CSU

This month, the pinnacle event of the fall semester occurred for members of the Columbus State University chapter of Young Americans For Liberty. We have been preparing to put on a forum on the topic of Criminal Justice Reform since our first meeting of the semester at the beginning of August. After months of planning, our event was a success. Featuring guest speakers, great food, and important discussion, our event has brought knowledge to the students of Columbus State University, and has helped our chapter make important connections.

The event, which took place on October 10th, featured guest speakers Marshal Greg Countryman of Muscogee County, GA; Waleisah Wilson of NewLife-Second Chance Outreach Inc; and Fallon Traylor of the ACLU of Georgia. We spent several weeks advertising it and met over five hundred students passionate about the War on Drugs in the process, getting hundreds of signups from students interested in future programming we plan to put on. At the event itself, our speakers discussed topics such as police militarization, the war on drugs, and convict re-entry.

We are very proud of the hard work we put into this event, and have learned a great many lessons by observing what went right and what went wrong throughout the planning and execution stages. For instance; unfortunately, we had some technical issues with our projector. Fortunately, our speakers brought paper slides. In the end, a great time was had by all, and we have grown as a chapter.

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