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August 14, 2017

2017 Regional Conferences!

Students For Liberty is coming to a city near you! This fall, all twelve of our North American regions will be hosting Regional Conferences, open to all students who are interested in learning more about the ideas of liberty would like to hear from amazing speakers, and meeting likeminded people. This year each Regional Conference will focus on a specific area of the liberty movement, from entrepreneurship to free expression, to bringing people together. Exciting speakers have already been confirmed right across North America, and this is shaping up to be the biggest and best set of regional conferences SFL has put on in our decade long history! Check out the list below to find which of our fantastic student led events you would like to attend. October 7 […]
August 12, 2017

North America:
July 2017 Update

SFL North America JULY 2017 UPDATE SFL Day of Service Sunday, July 9th Students For Liberty held our first SFL Day of Service! Our #SFLGivesBack project gave our student leaders across the United States and Canada the chance to come together and show the value of civil society! The event took place in six major U.S. cities – Anchorage, Columbus, Salt Lake City, Madison, Lubbock, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.   The SFL D.C. squad right before our #SFLGivesBack event yesterday! @sfliberty pic.twitter.com/5i6b8Nv7X3 — Charlie Gers (@CharlieGers) July 10, 2017 When the event was over, our student leaders had the opportunity to feed hundreds in need, as well as pass out cold water and toiletries. We had a wonderful time helping others, and this experience serviced […]
August 6, 2017

Ban the Bomb

Four days ago, Donald Trump singed into law new sanctions targeted at North Korea (Iran and Russia, too). Yesterday, national security advisor H.R. McMaster said all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with a potentially nuclear North Korea threat, including a “preventative war.” A little later yesterday, the U.N. approved of the “most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation” on North Korea over their recent missile testing. These are only the most recent developments in the long standing game of cat-and-mouse between the U.S. and North Korea. In fact, little more than a year ago, Barack Obama batted his paw by imposing sanctions on North Korea that China warned would cripple their economy... because if there’s a good strategy […]
August 3, 2017

Virtual Viewing Group: The Big Damn Firefly Discussion

Students For Liberty leaders have organized countless Virtual Reading Groups where a handful of students meet online every week for a discussion of pre-assigned readings, facilitated by an expert in the field. Dozens and dozens of students around the globe have benefitted from these collaborative explorations into important literature. Now, more than ever, these open and tolerant spaces of discourse are needed for students to dive deep into the weeds and come out on the other side having reaped mutual intelectual rewards. With that in mind, we are proud to announce Students For Liberty’s first ever Virtual Viewing Group, where students can discuss the themes and ideas presented in popular television shows and movies, along with related readings, that might offer insight for libertarians and classical liberals. Joss Whedon’s Firefly explores […]
August 2, 2017

2018 Slayback Grant for Young Entrepreneurs

Apply to be considered for the 2018 Slayback Grant for Young Entrepreneurs! Applications are open to young people ages 16-22 who have a viable business model with a proof-of-concept and who want to work full-time on their businesses. The focus is on young entrepreneurs in the Rust Belt region (PA through WI); however, applications from outside of the region will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The grant consists of $2000 to go towards the advancement of a business started by a young entrepreneur. $1000 will be awarded to one grantee and $500 will be awarded to two grantees. When applicable, grantees will also have the opportunity to receive introductions and resources from Zak Slayback. Apply Now! Sorry, not currently able to accept international grantees.
July 26, 2017

You Will Go To Jail for This

“Overcriminalization,” which is the use and abuse of the criminal law instead of civil or administrative law to “solve” every societal problem and punish every mistake, is an unfortunate trend. The criminal law should be used to redress only blameworthy conduct, actions that truly deserve the greatest punishment and moral sanction. In many African societies, police are neither respected nor appreciated. They are feared and avoided and looked upon with scorn. Why is this so? They are supposed to serve and protect the people. The absence of the rule of law helps to create a space for police brutalities to go unpunished. Governments are fond of enacting criminal laws to score political points with an electorate that has been led to believe that outlawing more and […]
July 26, 2017

Students Get Fired Up for Fall at FreedomFest

An update from North American Communications Chair Savannah Lindquist.  On July 19-22, Students For Liberty attended the 10th annual FreedomFest, known as the “world’s largest gathering of free minds,” at the Paris Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our student ambassadors had a wonderful time introducing attendees to Students For Liberty’s mission, meeting speakers, and experiencing everything FreedomFest  had to offer! Many of our student leaders, myself included, had the pleasure of meeting many of FreedomFest’s attendees at our booth. We really enjoyed getting to know so many liberty-minded people! We passed out our stickers, literature, pens, and other swag, but our “Less Marx More Mises” t-shirts got the most attention! You can buy one here! Congressman Thomas Massie and Congressman Justin Amash both showed their […]
July 20, 2017

Applications Open for Young Voices’ Fall 2017 Advocate Program

Libertarian Nonprofit Looking for Talented Policy Writers Under 30 WASHINGTON, DC — Since 2013, Young Voices’ Advocate Program has been an invaluable resource in the liberty movement, proving pro bono media training and placement services for aspiring policy writers under 30. Young Voices’ writers (whom we call“Advocates”) have been published in, mentioned by, or interviewed by major media outlets including The Daily Beast, Forbes, The Glenn Beck Program, National Review, Newsweek, Playboy, Teen Vogue, SiriusXM, Sky News, USA Today, and VICE. A rigorous application process helps Young Voices’ staff identify the brightest rising stars in the liberty movement. Upon acceptance into the program, each new Advocate has access to Young Voices’ staff of editors and media experts. Young Voices acts as a nonprofit PR agency, […]
July 17, 2017

Students For Liberty’s International Day of Action

  Practising what we preach On Sunday, July 9th 2017, students from across the United States and Canada gave up their day to give back to their local communities in our inaugural SFL Day of Action. Groups across North America provided social action in delivering much needed food, water, and other resources to the homeless populations of major cities. We were spending time with, and helping people who for the most part had been let down by government, let down by inhuman bureaucracy that looks at people as statistics rather than the individuals they are. We at Students For Liberty believe in the dignity and individuality of all of us, and our Day of Action helped to apply that philosophy to our local communities. We […]
July 16, 2017

Puerto Rico: Liberty International World Conference (LAST CHANCE) – August 8-12

Need a little more liberty in your summer? There’s just a little time left to register for the Liberty International World Conference, taking place in Puerto Rico from August 8th-12th! The 34th World Conference of Liberty International, brings together an impressive roster of libertarian intellectuals from around the world. Students can take advantage of reduced prices — just $75 for all three days — and the conference organizers have made is easy to combine your conference experience with a vacation getaway in beautiful Puerto Rico! Check out the conference site for more information: Our World Conference will give you the opportunity to meet fellow liberty-lovers from around the world, make new friends, enjoy intellectual stimulation from many of the world’s top international speakers, and do it […]
July 14, 2017

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July 13, 2017

Why Can’t Charlotte Fix This?

Charlotte has always tried to be a progressive city, but last summer of 2016 all that came crashing down as the world watched their city streets erupt in violence. Protesters were reacting to a final tipping point event: a police officer fatally shooting Keith Lamont Scott. Protests, riots, and street clashes between police and angry citizens are becoming a familiar scene. We’ve seen it happen in Milwaukee and Baltimore, and now Charlotte. Charlotte isn’t Milwaukee or Baltimore, though. It’s #14 on the Forbes List of Best Places for Business and Careers. It’s also a major hub of finance, second only to New York City. The city has a lot going on, so the problems they’re facing right now can’t be dismissed as the results of a bad city erupting in the deep heat […]