At our Vanderbilt Young Americans for Liberty chapter, it has become an annual tradition (as I’m sure it is for several other chapters) to hold a 4/20 bake sale to raise awareness of the failed war on drugs. This year, upon hearing of the Incarceration Nation initiative, our chapter decided to combine this with our current tradition.
We usually try to hold a speaker event a week before the bake sale in order to get people thinking about the issues. Luckily, NORML TN was gracious enough to have their President, Doak Patton, come into speak about
All in all, the event went well. We collected several new names, garnered a substantial amount of interest and conversations, and had a blast promoting a cause we were passionate about.
Lastly, a tip for chapter presidents: Don’t be afraid to reach out to nearby chapters. I had the idea for NORML by looking at nearby events and was able to save time building the makeshift prison by asking a YAL member at Lipscomb, a campus only a few minutes away, for help. Best of luck!