MasonYAL Hosts David Boaz and Cop Block

Group Photo

The Young Americans for Liberty chapter at George Mason University hosted Executive Vice President of the CATO Institute, David Boaz, on October 22, 2013. He gave his speech on “The Nanny State.” The following day, we participated in YALoween and did the “10 Ways To Deal With Cops” activism event (we called it “Cop Block”). This was the first time we have done two back-to-back events. 

Officers with David Boaz

First, we chose David Boaz and his particular speech because it reflected current events going on in today’s society, especially with the talks on Obamacare and other “nanny state issues” going around. Next, the Cop Block event hit home for us since the Mason Police force on campus has given out tickets/citations for some really ridiculous things in the past. 

Our Banner

This time around, our officer list has dwindled, but we held on strong! Members came out this time to help promote, and the Mason Econ Society also helped to promoted both of our events.  

Activism Chair with Student

The David Boaz event generated about 35-40 students, many coming from registered YAL members, the Mason Econ Society, Mason Liberty (Students for Liberty), and others from the community or alumni. 

Officers with Students

The Events

George Mason Young Americans for Liberty hosted David Boaz and “The Nanny State” on October 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Student Union Building 1. We had about 35-40 in attendance, including but not limited to YAL members, SFL students, Mason Econ Society students, alumni, members from the community, and the YAL Interns showed up to show support as well! Then, we did a back-to-back event with YALoween on October 23, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Table

The David Boaz event was a great success. Many from all organizations that showed up approached the YAL officers at the end to congratulate us on such a great event. We followed it with pizza for everyone along with drinks. This event lasted from 7:30 p.m. until roughly 10:00 p.m., but Boaz had left before then. Many stayed behind to ask questions about YAL and how to get more involved. 

Students Taking OPH Quiz

The following day was our Cop Block event. As a comparison to the beginning of the year, we do not have the same amount of officers as we did last time due to scheduling conflicts and an overload of schoolwork/unexpected internships. However, all of that aside, we did our best with this event! We tabled for two hours while our Social Media chair, Olivia Valentine, pretended to be a cop and reign people in. 

Olivia, the Social Media Chair

Social Media and PresidentTabling included the Operation Politically Homeless kit, which helped to attract many students to our tent (yes, we had a tent!) and Olivia helped to sway people over as well with the fake citations she passed out. Many who received her fake citations were for “loitering,” “doing nothing,” “standing in the way,” and so on, and students were actually scared they were getting a real ticket. Many asked questions, and everyone was nice and quite happy to receive the list on ten ways to deal with cops! 

President and Member

Photos by Sean Hickey. 

Contact info:

George Mason YAL
Melisa Treschnjeva — President 
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
Twitter: @GeorgeMasonYAL

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