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Latest Updates | Young Americans for Liberty

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Aug 182015
 

Too often I see newly forming YAL chapters struggle to achieve official school recognition. Although being officially recognized by your school is not a requirement for creating an awesome YAL chapter, it definitely helps when it comes time to reserve space for meetings or events, request school funding, and ultimately add more legitimacy. The First Amendment legally binds public colleges and universities, therefore if you attend a school that accepts tax-payer money in order to function, then your school is legally not allowed to deny the recognition of your YAL chapter based off of ideology alone.

Each school is different, but most institutions will require that a student organization have a faculty advisor and a certain number of members in order to achieve official recognition. To be clear, you must adhere to your school’s requirements to be officially recognized. However, sometimes schools won’t even give you the opportunity to meet those requirements, but instead deny you official recognition before you have a chance to play by their rules.

If you apply for official recognition from your school, and the administration denies your request, it is essential that you ask the administration to supply you with a copy of the specific policy that they are referencing which gives them ‘legitimacy’ to deny official recognition of your YAL chapter.If your school’s administration is unable to point you to a specific policy, then politely remind them that there are not reasonable grounds for denying official recognition. Make sure all exchanges with your school’s administration are done through email so you can have concrete evidence of all communications.

Commonly, I see schools deny YAL chapters official recognition because they believe the student organization will be ‘politically affiliated’. If this is the case, it is important to remind the administration that YAL is a non-partisan student organization that aims to identify, educate, train, and mobilize student activists dedicated to winning on principle. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, YAL does not endorse any candidates, political parties, or specific legislation.

Other times, a school will try to claim that there are ‘too many existing political groups on campus’ or that YAL’s views align too closely with another student organization with an already established presence. This is considered viewpoint discrimination, and is completely unconstitutional.

It is important to remember that private colleges and universities do not necessarily have to adhere toConstitution(although, I think we can all agree that they absolutely should), unless they make an explicit promise to freedom of speech or freedom of expression within their policies.

If you attend a public college or university and have gone through the necessary steps to get officially recognized, but your school stillrefuses to give your YAL chapter official recognition, then contact YAL’s Free Speech Director at elizabeth.hayes@yaliberty.org for further assistance.

Also, be sure to check out YAL’s handy resource on obtaining school recognition!

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First Amendment | United States Constitution | Britannica.com

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Jun 192015
 

First Amendment,amendment (1791) to the Constitution of the United States, part of the Bill of Rights, which reads,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The clauses of the amendment are often called the establishment clause, the free exercise clause, the free speech clause, the free press clause, the assembly clause, and the petition clause.

The First Amendment, like the rest of the Bill of Rights, originally restricted only what the federal government may do and did not bind the states. Most state constitutions had their own bills of rights, and those generally included provisions similar to those found in the First Amendment. But the state provisions could be enforced only by state courts.

In 1868, however, the Fourteenth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, and it prohibited states from denying people liberty without due process. Since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has gradually interpreted this to apply most of the Bill of Rights to state governments. In particular, from the 1920s to the 40s the Supreme Court applied all the clauses of the First Amendment to the states. Thus, the First Amendment now covers actions by the federal, state, and local governments. The First Amendment also applies to all branches of government, including legislatures, courts, juries, and executive officials and agencies. This includes public employers, public university systems, and public school systems.

The First Amendment, however, applies only to restrictions imposed by the government, since the First and Fourteenth amendments refer only to government action. As a result, if a private employer fires an employee because of the employees speech, there is no First Amendment violation. There is likewise no violation if a private university expels a student for what the student said, if a commercial landlord restricts what bumper stickers are sold on property it owns, or if an Internet service provider refuses to host certain Web sites.

Legislatures sometimes enact laws that protect speakers or religious observers from retaliation by private organizations. For example, Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans religious discrimination even by private employers. Similarly, laws in some states prohibit employers from firing employees for off-duty political activity. But such prohibitions are imposed by legislative choice rather than by the First Amendment.

The freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and petitiondiscussed here together as freedom of expressionbroadly protect expression from governmental restrictions. Thus, for instance, the government may not outlaw antiwar speech, speech praising violence, racist speech, procommunist speech, and the like. Nor may the government impose special taxes on speech on certain topics or limit demonstrations that express certain views. Furthermore, the government may not authorize civil lawsuits based on peoples speech, unless the speech falls within a traditionally recognized First Amendment exception. This is why, for example, public figures may not sue for emotional distress inflicted by offensive magazine articles, unless the articles are not just offensive but include statements that fall within the false statements of fact exception.

The free expression guarantees are not limited to political speech. They also cover speech about science, religion, morality, and social issues as well as art and even personal gossip.

Freedom of the press confirms that the government may not restrict mass communication. It does not, however, give media businesses any additional constitutional rights beyond what nonprofessional speakers have.

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Rand Paul wraps ‘filibuster’ over Patriot Act and NSA …

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May 232015
 

Story highlights Paul’s speech wasn’t technically a filibuster because of intricate Senate rules Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden joined Paul in support

Paul, R-Kentucky, ran through several binders of material over the course of his marathon protest, and also got some help from 10 fellow senators — three Republicans and seven Democrats.

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, were the biggest boons to Paul’s efforts, joining Paul on the Senate floor several times to give the Kentucky Republican a chance to catch his breath — and often grab a sip of water and pop a candy in his mouth. And one of Paul’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, also ended up helping Paul’s efforts late in the night.

“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That time is now and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged,” Paul said at the opening of his remarks, and those who joined him on the Senate floor shared his concerns and stressed the need to reform the Patriot Act.

The Senate is considering whether to reauthorize or reform a crucial section of that law that gives the government sweeping powers to collect phone metadata on millions of Americans in an effort to thwart terrorist plots. The House last week overwhelmingly approved a bill to reform that law.

The NSA’s bulk collection program expires at midnight on June 1, and the Department of Justice warned in a memo shared by a GOP aide on Wednesday that the agency will have to begin preparing a week before the expiration date for a potential lapse in the law.

Paul’s talk-a-thon Wednesday came more than two years after his nearly 13-hour filibuster in 2013, which was widely anticipated and brought him national attention for delaying the confirmation of CIA chief John Brennan to draw attention to U.S. drone policies.

But his speech Wednesday wasn’t technically a filibuster because intricate Senate rules required him to stop talking by early Thursday afternoon for an unrelated vote.

Still, Paul’s office insists it was a filibuster, saying Paul prevented lawmakers from taking action to reauthorize the Patriot Act while he had the floor.

READ: Boehner, McConnell split over NSA bill

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Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV – 04/05/2015 (FULL EPISODE) – Video

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Apr 122015
 



Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV – 04/05/2015 (FULL EPISODE)
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Reconsidering Charlie Hebdo – Free Speech, Offense, and Violence in Context – Video

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Apr 122015
 



Reconsidering Charlie Hebdo – Free Speech, Offense, and Violence in Context
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Free Speech Under Siege – Video

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Apr 122015
 



Free Speech Under Siege
In the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen attacks, many voices rose in defense of Charlie Hebdo and its right to publish cartoons offensive to Muslims. But that support quickly gave way…

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Feds Using Hate Speech To Destroy First Amendment – Video

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Apr 112015
 



Feds Using Hate Speech To Destroy First Amendment
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Apr 112015
 



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Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV – 03/29/2015 (FULL EPISODE) – Video

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Apr 112015
 



Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV – 03/29/2015 (FULL EPISODE)
01:00 – Corporations Stealing From U.S. Troops. David Haynes explains how binding arbitration agreements directed at soldiers are leaving our veterans without homes when they return…

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A quick introduction to UKIP – Free Speech – BBC Three – Video

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Apr 112015
 



A quick introduction to UKIP – Free Speech – BBC Three
http://www.bbc.co.uk/freespeech Ever wondered who the UKIP are? Here is a quick Free Speech introduction to the party.

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Copenhagen Shooting Valentines Day Shooting At Free Speech Event Moslems fear freedom of speech – Video

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Apr 112015
 



Copenhagen Shooting Valentines Day Shooting At Free Speech Event Moslems fear freedom of speech
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Kentucky senator announces plans during rally

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Apr 082015
 

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) –

For Rand Paul, it’s all led to this moment.

Since riding the tea party wave into the Senate in 2010, Paul has carefully built a brand of mainstream libertarianism — dogged advocacy of civil liberties combined with an anti-interventionist foreign policy and general support for family values — that he bets will create a coalition of younger voters and traditional Republicans to usher him into the White House.

The test of that theory began Tuesday when the Kentucky senator made official what has been clear for years: He’s running for president.

“Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I’m putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America,” Paul said at a rally in Louisville.

Paul immediately hit the campaign trail for a four-day swing through New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — the states that traditionally vote first in the primaries and caucuses.

In his speech, he called for reforming Washington by pushing for term limits and a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. He argued that both parties are to blame for the rising debt, saying it doubled under a Republican administration and tripled under Obama.

“Government should be restrained and freedom should be maximized,” he said.

The line-up of speakers who introduced Paul sought to paint the senator as a nontraditional candidate with diverse appeal, and by the time he got on stage, he was the first white man to address the crowd.

The speakers included J.C. Watts, a former congressman who’s African-American; state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who’s Hispanic; local pastor Jerry Stephenson, who’s African American and a former Democrat; and University of Kentucky student Lauren Bosler.

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Analysis: Oklahoma Frat Fallout Some Speech Protected, Some Punished

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Apr 062015
 

WASHINGTON Three times in recent days, people uttering slurs against African-Americans were quickly punished.

Yet such consequences are hardly automatic. Insults aimed at Muslims, Latinos, Jews, women and others are routinely decried but also often defended as free speech. A congressman says something derogatory about immigrants, yet remains a power in politics. An activist-preacher slurs Jews and is later an adviser to a president.

Some offensive speech is punished. Some is protected. The line changes and shifts over time.

The latest furor was triggered by a video showing University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members singing, You can hang them from a tree but theyll never sign with me. Therell never be a (n-word) at SAE.

A few days later, Univision fired talk show host Rodner Figueroa for saying first lady Michelle Obama looked like a cast member of Planet of the Apes. Last week, a Cleveland anchorwoman returned to the air after being suspended for using a term offensive to African-Americans.

Where, asked some experts, was their right to speak freely?

When terrorists killed French journalists who satirized Muslims, President Barack Obama led the Western chorus defending a universal belief in the freedom of expression that cant be silenced because of the senseless violence of the few.

Yet speech often is silenced, or at least punished.

Hate Speech No Crime

In Oklahoma, University President David Boren quickly kicked the fraternity off campus. I have a message for those who have misused their freedom of speech in this way, he said. Youre disgraceful.

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Paul Marshall: The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, Blasphemy, Free Speech, and Freedom of Religion – Video

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Apr 052015
 



Paul Marshall: The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo, Blasphemy, Free Speech, and Freedom of Religion
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Free Speech and the Public Sphere – Video

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Apr 052015
 



Free Speech and the Public Sphere
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RUAP National President on Free Speech / Relclaim Australia Rallies – Video

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Apr 052015
 



RUAP National President on Free Speech / Relclaim Australia Rallies
RUAP National President Daniel Nalliah on Free Speech and 5 year court case with the Islamic Council of Victoria costing $600000.

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"I wouldn’t call myself a feminist…" (Free Speech, 24/3/15) – Video

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Apr 052015
 



“I wouldn't call myself a feminist…” (Free Speech, 24/3/15)
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Rebele Symposium: Shaping Your Speech – Media Reform, Past and Present – Video

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Apr 032015
 



Rebele Symposium: Shaping Your Speech – Media Reform, Past and Present
From the First Amendment to Net Neutrality, How Media Regulation Affects What We Say. The Sixth Rebele Symposium for the First Amendment featuring Mignon Clyburn, Victor Pickard and Morgan…

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The Last Bastion of Free Speech? – Video

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Apr 032015
 



The Last Bastion of Free Speech?
Lisa Wehden, President of the Oxford Union talks to Director of Voices from Oxford, Dr Sung Hee Kim. They discuss the highlights of her term, including vibrant debates, interesting speakers…

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