By Brianna Corley.
NSU is set to receive yet another student organization in the form of libertarian activist group Young Americans for Liberty.
“Young Americans for Liberty is a politically active group and I believe it’s going to give us a broader and unbiased view of politics,” said Thomas Young, freshman and president of the soon-to-be registered Young Americans for Liberty.
YAL has been boasted as one of the most active libertarian organizations for youth on college campuses throughout the country. It is known for a simple yet effective mission: identify, educate, train and mobilize youth activists.
“I’ve been a part of the group since high school, and they really are dedicated to the students involved. The organization has sent me money to recruit free of charge, and they are truly a student led organization,” Young said.
A non-profit which fosters freedom of speech most strongly above all, YAL is a group Young sees as imperative in today’s political climate.
“It’s very important,” Young said. “One of the main political issues YAL pushes is freedom of speech, and I feel like that’s one of the things that is endangered on campuses today.”
Andrew Bays, a senior at LA Tech and former state chair of YAL who came to NSU to try to get a chapter started, was glad to hear about Young’s efforts.
“I’m always super glad to hear about Young Americans for Liberty growing across northwest Louisiana and the state,” Bays said. “It’s nice to see young people stepping up and taking on that role.
Foremost on Young’s agenda is creating an environment that allow students to connect with others who possess differing opinions in order to create discussions and viewpoints that would not have been reached otherwise.
“It’s here to make sure our rights aren’t impeded by any policies or laws given,” Young said when asked what YAL offers to those who may interested in joining. “The club gives students an outlet to be politically active and gives them a chance to share whatever views they feel passionately about, because the club itself is passionate about freedom of speech. We’re just trying to give students a chance to defend their rights.”