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Students For Liberty originally began in North America back in 2008. Despite growing into a vast international organization since then, our North American programs remain a key part of our efforts towards creating a freer and more prosperous society. Our passionate team of 123 Campus Coordinators work hard to organize their own Regional Conferences and activism events with the help of our leadership retreats and various grant programs. Students also grapple with advanced libertarian theory in our Virtual Reading Groups.

Some highlights of 2016 include our nationwide Deep Web screenings, the 2016 Campus Coordinator Retreat, the Get Out The Liberty campaign, and our ongoing Speak Freely Advocate Program.

 

 

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May 19, 2017

Freed 28 Years Early, Chelsea Manning Can Finally Go Home

Chelsea Manning was the first of her kind, bringing a new type of whistleblowing to the public eye. In 2010, Manning leaked an impressive number of documents detailing the way the U.S. military and government violated the rights of many. Via communication with Wikileaks and secret document-copying, she brought citizen bystander killings to light, exposed details of Guantanamo Bay detentions, and exposed the many ways in which corruption and secret alliances shape military action. Initially sentenced to 35 years, Manning’s sentence was commuted on January 17th of this year, in the final week of the Obama presidency. On a moral note, Manning’s release marks a time at which the Obama administration did something right. They prioritized compassion and humanity, in the end, instead of maintaining […]
May 12, 2017

Proving Art Has a Place in a Free Society

When we think about libertarians, the liberty movement, Capitol Hill and politics, very few people think about how the artists are getting involved.  Many times, they’re seen as a nuisance. What’s that dancer doing commenting on complex issues like capital gains tax and medical care markets? I hang out around a lot of artists and I collaborate with them on a daily basis. While a painting has never swayed my position on gun rights, artists are the most continuously passionate and motivated political activists in society. When they really discover their role, they can move mountains. So I wanted to launch an Art Gala about art in politics. Yes, when I pitched this event to a lot of people, I got a lot of blank […]
May 11, 2017

Osaka Steps Toward Accepting Same-Sex Families

In a move unprecedented by the central government, the city of Osaka, Japan granted a gay couple the ability to legally adopt a child. While no law officially stands preventing same-sex couples from adoption, their applications would usually be turned away unless they specifically adopted as individuals. While this at least allowed same-sex couples to raise a child, being unrecognized as a family presented them with a lack of legal representation. Additionally, the notion that an unmarried couple was unable to legally consider themselves a family most likely contributes to social isolation. LGBT rights activists have struggled to maintain a vocal presence in Japan. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, while overall hatred is not widespread, LGBT organizations are limited in how they […]

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Alexis Catherine Matt (Garretson)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Alexis Catherine Matt (Garretson)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

Bio: Alexis Matt (Garretson) has grown up all across the east coast, mainly in Massachusetts and Virginia. She now attends George Mason University where she studies Biology, Computer Science, and Public Health. She is the treasurer of the Young Americans for Liberty group on campus, and is also involved with the G92 Institute, a ethical immigration reform advocacy group. Outside of politics, Alexis loves to read just about anything she can get her hands on, and can often be found cooking or hiking.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Henry Hazlitt, Larry Reed, David Boaz, Ilya Shapiro, Jeffery Tucker, Randal O’Toole

On Students For Liberty: “I am excited to work with SFL because they are the most diverse and dynamic groups of young people in the liberty movement. SFL equips its student leaders with invaluable training, and I am really excited to be a part of their network.”

Brittany Wilson

Blue Ridge Regional Director

Brittany Wilson

Blue Ridge Regional Director

Bio: Brittany is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte double majoring in Political Science and Public Advocacy Communication, and minoring in Journalism. She enjoys playing an active role on campus and in her community and can often be found writing pro-liberty articles for her school’s newspaper and helping lead a Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Brittany spent her spring semester participating in the Koch Internship Program as an intern for Young Americans for Liberty eventually hopes to find a meaningful career as an advocate for liberty.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Fredric Bastiat, Friedrich A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty: “As a student advocate for liberty, being connected to a solid network of the movement’s best and brightest student activists and pro-liberty organizations is an amazing opportunity. I look forward to forming bonds with those who share my passion, being the best advocate for freedom that I can be, and learning a lot along the way with the help of SFL’s Campus Coordinator program.”

Chris Harelson

West Regional Director

Chris Harelson

West Regional Director

Bio: Chris is originally from Sacramento, California and has recently begun life in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interest in Liberty began in 2008 when he actively followed the presidential campaigns and kept his classmates informed concerning new developments. Chris has taken his passion to his college campus. During his first semester Chris organized and founded the Constitution Club which later became the campuses Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Chris sees a need for Liberty-minded individuals to increase their outreach to others, especially at the college level, to continue to move the ideas of Liberty forward.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Murray Rothbard, F.A. Hayek, Ron Paul, Frederic Bastiat, Mike Lee.

On Students For Liberty: “Students For Liberty transformed me from a spectator and observer of the Liberty Movement to an active participant who affects real change in society. Through SFL I have found other organizations to connect both myself and other students with to increase the successfulness of our efforts. SFL is professional and effective in providing students a forum to advance their ideas and develop new ones.”

Cooper Williams

Great Plains Regional Director

Cooper Williams

Great Plains Regional Director

Bio: Cooper is a junior at the University of Oklahoma studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After a long period of lazy libertarianism, he experienced something of a “conversion experience” during a lecture by Robert Higgs. Cooper is devouring literature at this very moment.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Roderick Long, Frederic Bastiat, Robert Higgs, Ron Paul, Daniel Berrigan, Henry David Thoreau, Gary Chartier

On Students For Liberty: “Liberty is most attractive when the individuals who embody it engage in respectful dialogue. At my first SFL conference, I found that my peers were overwhelmingly exuberant about ethical, historical, and philosophical topics. I was hooked.”

Cory Massimino

Academic Programs Chair

Cory Massimino

Academic Programs Chair

Bio: Cory Massimino currently studies Philosophy in Central Florida. He is also a fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society and a Young Voices Advocate. His writings have appeared in such publications as Townhall.com, Counterpunch, The Daily Caller, The American Conservative, Antiwar.com, and the Guardian. Cory contributes to the Students For Liberty blog and The Circle Molinari, a student-run, left-libertarian blog. When he’s not eating pizza, he’s striving to popularize the ideas of liberty, equality, and solidarity one slice at a time.

Favorite Figures in Liberty:  Roderick Long, Murray Rothbard, Benjamin Tucker, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand.

On Students For Liberty: “I’m unbelievably humbled to have the pleasure of working in such a fantastic organization with such dedicated, liberty-loving people.  Students For Liberty is the key to a free future. Insofar as its members remain committed, honest, and unwaveringly devoted to the freedom philosophy, the future will be a libertarian one, with Students For Liberty leading the way.”

Emily Reynolds

Southeast Regional Director

Emily Reynolds

Southeast Regional Director

Bio: Emily Reynolds is currently studying Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. She first became interested in libertarianism after an aggressive Google search and YouTube marathon. After a class in microeconomics and a reading seminar on classical liberalism, she became involved with her campus’s liberty organization and is the current president. In her spare time, she can be found listening to music or cooking.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Deirdre McCloskey

On Students For Liberty: “This organization has provided me with the resources and knowledge I need to make me and my organization a more-informed and passionate advocate for liberty.”

John Knetemann

Communications Chair

John Knetemann

Communications Chair

Bio: John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he studies Interdisciplinary Sciences for pre-law and pre-public policy. He has been interested in the liberty movement since he was a freshman in high school, and slowly became more and more involved in the movement. Since his involvement in the liberty movement, he has joined Young Americans for Liberty, became a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty, and founded South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Young Americans for Liberty.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Tom G Palmer, Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, Gary Johnson, and John Stossel.

On Students For Liberty: “In today’s society, students are told that they are too young to change the world or make a difference. However, Students For Liberty certainly proves that wrong. Students can make a difference in our society, and can advance the liberty movement. SFL’s network spreads across the world, to advance the message of liberty in areas that are absolutely oppressed and whose rights are horribly violated. I am proud to be a part of Students For Liberty.”

Nathaniel Baker

South-Central Regional Director

Nathaniel Baker

South-Central Regional Director

Bio: Nate Baker is an undergraduate student studying economics at Mississippi State University. After attending a FEE summer seminar, he learned of SFL and YAL and saw that his campus was thirsty for a liberty group. The following fall, he started a YAL chapter and discovered a group of intelligent and passionate students, who now number over 15 in the chapter. He is currently the Mississippi State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty and seeks to spread the ideas of human freedom and prosperity to as many young Mississippians as possible. He believes that the Millennials are the pivotal generation for the liberty movement.

Rachel Chiu

Northeast Regional Director

Rachel Chiu

Northeast Regional Director

Bio: Rachel Chiu is currently studying Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University where she also works as a Resident Advisor. She previously attended Marlboro High School where she started her first student liberty group, Marlboro Students For Liberty. Rachel started the club in the beginning of her junior year. In 2013, she joined the Campus Coordinator program to further contribute to Students For Liberty and the pro-liberty movement.   

Favorite Figures in Liberty: John Stossel, Ron Paul, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson

On Students For Liberty: “Students For Liberty has truly shaped my understanding of liberty. The organization’s unyielding pursuit for freedom and liberty has inspired me to utilize my voice for change."

Sam Dunkovich

Midwest Regional Director

Sam Dunkovich

Midwest Regional Director

Bio: Sam Dunkovich is a native Wisconsinite, attending the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He is currently majoring in Political Science with a minor in communications, with the hope of becoming a political journalist. Since 2014, he has been involved in the liberty movement, being his current Young Americans for Liberty chapter’s president. Sam got introduced to Students For Liberty by attending a regional and international SFL conference, with current aspirations to become a Campus Coordinator.

Favorited Figures in Liberty: Julie Borowski, Jeffery Tucker, David Boaz, Ron Paul, and Gary Johnson