Friday, June 26, 2009

July 4th/5th Events in Philadelphia -- IMPORTANT!

July 4th is going to be huge this year in the liberty movement. Here is the tentative schedule:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Philadelphia Independence Day at Independence Mall. Volunteers needed to set up and staff Campaign for Liberty table. Come join the picnic and freedom celebration at Independence Mall: Live music, speakers, family fun!! The table will stay set up from 10:00 AM to 5:00PM.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Campaign for Liberty Participation in the Welcome America Parade. C4L patriotic float, with C4L members marching behind distributing the message of freedom (Constitutions, etc..) to thousands of parade watchers.

3:30 to 5PM, Speakers begin.

*Larken Rose (
*Stefan Molyneux (
*Walter Reddy (
*Michael Badnarik (

All events listed are not necessarily endorsed by Campaign for Liberty. The PA Campaign for Liberty will have a table set up at Independence Mall, so come down and sign H.R. 1207 / S. 604 petitions, pick up literature, ask questions, or sign up to become a Campaign for Liberty.

If you want to volunteer for this event please send an email to


We are honored to be joined by Stefan Molyneux (philosopher/voluntaryist/anarchist) of Onatario, Canada and Michael Badnarik (2004 Libertarian presidential candidate) of Austin, Texas for a debate of anarchy vs minarchy on Independence weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The event will take place on July 5th, 1PM-6PM at Bossone Engineering Building, Michell Auditorium, at Drexel University, hosted by Student Liberty Front.

This will be the clash of the individual freedom titans!

Stefan Molyneux is author of several books and host of the most popular philosophy show on the internet at

Michael Badnarik is a nationally renowned constitution scholar and 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate; his website is

Wary of a 'debate' on the 5th, in favor of more entertaining activities? This will be quite far from boring! You will find our guests to be highly entertaining and enlightening. You will not want to miss this event!

The event can be found on Facebook.

Please look into these two events! They are both great ideas to learn and spread knowledge on the ideas of liberty!

Campus Freedom Network Conference 2009

CFN Conference

This past week, from June 18th to June 20th, I attended FIRE's 2nd annual Campus Freedom Network conference along with about 50 other students from around the country.

From the Fire:
Thursday, attendees and speakers will gather for a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Following dinner, Brooklyn College professor KC Johnson, co-author of Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, will give the opening address.

Friday morning, attendees will hear from FIRE Co-founder, Chairman of FIRE's Board of Directors, and noted civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate. Harvey's remarks are entitled "If FIRE Didn't Exist, Why We Would Have to Invent It." Following his speech, Harvey will moderate a panel on "The Philosophical and Practical Underpinnings of Academic Liberty." Panelists include David French, Daphne Patai, and Derek Shaffer.

David French is currently director of the Alliance Defense Fund's Center for Academic Freedom. He is the previous president of FIRE, a former lecturer at Cornell Law School, author of FIRE's Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus, and co-author with Harvey Silverglate and Greg Lukianoff of FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus. French led the successful litigation against Temple University's speech code in DeJohn v. Temple University in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

University of Massachusetts at Amherst professor Daphne Patai is a member of FIRE's Board of Directors. She has been an insightful commentator on education for many years and has authored and edited twelve books, most recently What Price Utopia: Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs.

Derek Shaffer is a graduate of and professor at Stanford Law School and Executive Director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. Professor Shaffer sat on the panel at last year's CFN conference.

On Friday afternoon, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will give a talk on "Unlearning Liberty." Samantha Harris, FIRE's Director of Speech Code Research, will lecture on the presence of speech codes on college campuses and students will attend a speech codes workshop with a FIRE staffer.

Friday evening, students will gather for a reception and dinner followed by a lecture by Wendy Kaminer, author of eight books, most recently Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity, and the ACLU. She has been published in numerous publications including Free Inquiry, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Dissent, The Nation, and Newsweek. A longtime champion of free speech, Kaminer serves on FIRE's Board of Advisors.

Friday morning, students will attend two panels on student activism. The first is "Using New Media in the Fight for Liberty." CFN Program Officer Brandon Stewart, Claremont McKenna student Charles Johnson, and independent filmmaker Andrew Marcus will discuss the uses of new media. Brandon will discuss the implementation of new media strategies at FIRE. Charles will explain how he used blogging to expose censorship in the Claremont consortium.

Andrew has extensive experience producing independent films about issues of political and social importance. He produced Political Correctness vs. Freedom of Thought-The Keith John Sampson Story about FIRE's case at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where student Keith John Sampson was found guilty of racial harassment for reading an anti-Klan book. Andrew also co-produced FIRE on Campus: An Introduction to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and FIRE in Action: Valdosta State University with Evan Coyne Maloney, maker of Indoctrinate U. Andrew will discuss the use of video in the struggle for liberty on campus.

The last session of the conference will feature students with intimate knowledge of the fight for liberty on campus. Alex Kindell of Northern Kentucky University led a student protest against new university regulations to forbid chalking and indoor demonstrations. Her work led to more speech-friendly chalking and protest policies, including the elimination of campus "free speech zones."

Alyssa Koser bravely spoke out against the University of Delaware Residence Life Program and helped defend the distribution rights of an independent student newspaper at the university. Her courageous actions helped to bring light to the University of Delaware's coercive ResLife program and vindicate the rights of her fellow students.

Chris Lee, formerly a student at Washington State University, was censored by the university administration when it paid for students to attend and disrupt a showing of Chris's play "Passion of the Musical," a satire of Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ." FIRE wrote to the administration twice and publicized this unusual and egregious incident of repression, eventually leading to a victory for free speech and a promise that the university would punish students who disrupted any more of Chris's plays.

I learned quite a lot about free speech on campuses from the conference, along with gaining many contacts to work with in the future.

If you are interested in joining CFN, click here. / / 267-750-8407 for more information on Philadelphia events!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Foundations of Freedom Fellows Interviewed by Motorhome Diaries

Jason Talley from Fr33 Agents and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation recently sat down to interview two of Students For Liberty's 2009-2010 Foundations of Freedom Fellows as part of the incredible Motorhome Diaries roadtrip/project/movement. Check out what Daniel Cuervo and Dorian Electra have to say about liberty and the fellowship. While we did not know about Dorian's awesome bass guitar skills beforehand, I think it's safe to say that they only increase her potential in the movement.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

FIRE Student Video Contest Winner

Congratulations to Robert Nyerges, Dan Ray, Evan Mitchell, and Aaron Karp, a group of students from Ohio University who just won FIRE's first "Freedom on Campus" student video contest. They have won the grand prize of $5,000 and an invitation to the Campus Freedom Network's summer conference. Check out their video along with the videos of the two runners-up and the honorable mention below:

Runner-Up: "Day of Protest"

Runner-Up: "Autonomy"

Honorable Mention: "Campus Freedom"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Will the Real Valedictorian Please Stand Up?

I just got this link in a Freedom and the First Amendment News digest, and I think it's hilarious.  The story is about a high school valedictorian who was forced to give a different speech at graduation, and the real speech is hilarious.  It's frank, sincere, and entertaining, but it's "offensive", which of course trumps everything else.  Ergo, the student was not allowed to deliver the speech.

I say, good for her for writing her thoughts to her classmates.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Is it August yet?

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday to celebrate the new Executive Board and leadership at Students For Liberty this year!  We're very excited to have all of the new members on board, and for those of you who know them, it's obvious why.  For those of you who don't, let me just say that the amount of dedication and passion our team has for pursuing liberty in academia is extraordinary and inspiring.  I can't wait to get back on campus this August and roll out these new handbooks, conferences, and other resources for all students.  In the mean time, you can access the current resources at in the relevant categories.  Liberty doesn't have boundaries, and neither will SFL's efforts.  So if you're dedicated to liberty or just looking it up in the dictionary, SFL is thrilled to work with you and/or your student group.  

It's a big academy, but someone's got to free it.  Join us.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

SFL Leadership Retreat: Day 2 & 3

Things have been intense for the Leadership Retreat and so I didn't have time to post about it yesterday. So here's what we've been doing.

Yesterday, we were over at the Institute for Humane Studies, where we started out by hosting a gathering of representatives from a variety of pro-liberty organizations interested in working with students such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Young Americans for Liberty.

We then got to spend some one on one time with our favorite engineering professor, Dr. James W. Lark, III, a member of SFL's Board of Advisors and very experienced leader of liberty on college campuses. We started getting into more of the nuances regarding how SFL's leadership will be structured in the 2009-2010 school year, what we are trying to accomplish, and how we will evaluate our success.

Today, we visited the Charles G. Koch Foundation, a great organization where I spent the past year as a Koch Associate. We not only got to learn about Market Based Management (R), but we also started delving into outreach strategies and planning the upcoming SFL Regional Conferences and other major programs. Taking a break from so much work, we headed off to watch the Washington Nationals play against the San Francisco Giants where Randy Johnson was supposed to be playing for his 300th career win. Unfortunately, the weather ruined our plans and after eating plenty of peanuts in the rain, we decided to call it a night.

Well, time to get ready to visit Reason tomorrow and finish up some proposals to work on.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Day 1 of the Leadership Retreat Done

The first day of Students For Liberty's Leadership Retreat has come to a close. Starting on a high note at the Cato Institute, we spent the day focusing on what Students For Liberty stands for as an organization and how to run a successful nonprofit that will last into the future. Here are some pictures

Just look at this great group of people:

Once we started getting into the history and vision of Students For Liberty, Will Freeland (Midwest Director) jumped in to press the importance of Students For Liberty in advancing a free society:

Jared Fuller (Southern Director) makes a point about effective education through activism while Carlo Cordasco (European Director) intently listens:

It's not just work, though. Here's a pic of everyone laughing and having a good time:

Lastly, since I was not in the original picture, here is one of yours truly:

It's been a long day and so time to get some sleep. More updates coming tomorrow.

SFL Leadership Retreat Begins!

Last night, all the members of the 2009-2010 Students For Liberty Executive Board arrived in DC for the Leadership Retreat: a week-long, intensive session for SFL's leaders to orient themselves with the organization, discuss how to best promote liberty on campus, strategize for the upcoming school year, and begin preparing so we can hit the ground running.

Today, the Leadership Retreat will be at the Cato Institute. We'll be going over the basics of the history of SFL, the organization's vision, our niche in the larger pro-liberty movement, and related topics.

This promises to be a great week that will strengthen SFL's ability to support students and help prepare the next generation of liberty leaders. We'll be updating the blog with information and pictures from the Retreat.

By the way, if you're in the DC area this week, stop by the SFL Exec Board Social on Friday night at Capitol City Brewing Co. by Metro Center. You do not have to be 21 to get in, and it's going to be a great chance to get to know all of SFL's new leaders.