The University at Buffalo chapter of Young Americans for Liberty had a melange of compelling activities this semester, from the fun to the fund-raising. To start off the year, we had a tabling event for Constitution Day on September 17th, 2010. Constitutions and liberty-minded literature were handed out to passerby on campus, and interesting discourse was created with people who didn’t even know they were libertarian until taking “The World’s Smallest Political Quiz.”
A week later, we had an info session for interested newbies. A Powerpoint presentation was introduced which outlined the answer to the philosophical question, “What is Liberty?”
Our purpose was to welcome new members — and from a net total of 4 members at UB YAL last year, we grew to a close group of 10 regular attendees (there were more total members, as there are 88 members in our Facebook group).
Having meetings almost every week, we discussed member-attracting tactics, events, the concept of liberty, the Landmark education forum, and political news. We had official social outings: dinner, a night of video games, a Wing Night, and ice skating all reinforced our closeness.
On a national level, many UB YAL members attended the Youth Leadership School in Pennsylvania and the YAL New Hampshire Boot Camp; our president went to the Michigan Boot Camp. Members acquired skills that would be useful for a leadership role in politics and participated in fund-raising.
We intended to close the semester with a bang by having a debate the week before finals against the United Socialists Movement of the Americas, but unfortunately, they canceled due to a lack of time for debate preparation. And it’s no wonder; the intricacies of a lie don’t come easy, but liberty is a simple case to make; it’s already in everyone’s hearts.