It’s hard to believe the year is over. UNC YAL is happy to reflect on a successful year of growth and activism on campus. During the fall 2015 semester, we successfully recruited from the incoming freshman class, hosted a free speech wall, and raised awareness about the dangers of military interventionism.
This spring, we attended the YAL North Carolina State Convention in Charlotte and organized a group to attend the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. To end the year, UNC YAL took part in a panel-style debate with the UNC College Republicans and Young Democrats—advancing the ideals of liberty, peace, and markets against the statist status quo. UNC YAL sent two representatives to the debate, the topics of which ranged from the drone war to economics to personal freedom. The debate was received well, and YAL was able to gain exposure by participating in the event with the two established partisan groups on campus.
On April 20th (4/20), UNC YAL hosted a hugely successful Drug War event to raise awareness about the harms of drug prohibition and mass incarceration. A large board on the center of campus displayed facts about the harms of drug prohibition, and UNC YAL conducted an unofficial poll about opinions of the Drug War (spoiler alert: legalization had a commanding lead). Members passed out “liberty munchies” to passersby while engaging in conversation with them about the dangers of the state legislating morality over their own bodies.
Throughout the year, we kept the torch of liberty burning on campus, growing our presence and strengthening our organization. We hope to repeat our success in 2016¬2017!