Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the fastest growing pro-liberty organization on college campuses throughout the United States. The organization formed as an extension of Students for Ron Paul after he withdrew from 2008 presidential campaign, and now boasts more than 800 chapters as of the end of 2016. YAL has had annual national conventions for years now, but now the organization is taking this experience beyond Washington, DC, and to the regional level.
There are six total conferences. The cities of Los Angeles, Boston, and Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver, and Atlanta. These events will feature speakers such as Dr. Ron Paul and Representative Thomas Massie. There will also be multiple scholars in attendance from organizations such as The CATO Institute, a partner of YAL, at these Spring Summits.
Ron Paul had his start as a military doctor after graduating from Duke University’s medical school in 1961. In the 1970’s, he would get his start in politics by getting elected to Congress in the state of Texas. He also ran for president three times. First, with the Libertarian party in 1988, and the Republican party in 2008 and 2012. As a politician, author, and political commentator for his show, Ron Paul Liberty Report, he has been a long-time critic of the U.S. banking and currency system, as well as our foreign policy.
The first major event in the organization’s history was in April of 2009 at Wake Forest University. Can you guess who the featured speaker was? Dr. Paul, of course. More than 1,300 students showed up to listen to him speak. This was only the beginning. He has spoken at multiple conventions since then. This year, he will be returning to bring the experience of the annual national convention to three different locations throughout the U.S.
Thomas Massie is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, out of Kentucky’s 4th congressional district. He was first elected in 2012 and again in 2016. Massie holds a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in mechanical engineering. He also has experience as the founder of a technology company, a farmer, and a judge-executive. You may have heard of him from recently making headlines for introducing a one sentence long bill to abolish the Federal Department of Education, which simply states that “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”
Massie will be speaking in Chicago on February 11th at Loyola University Mundelein Center and again in Denver on April 8th at The Summit Conference & Event Center. Ron Paul will be speaking in LA on March 4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Boston on March 25th, and Pittsburgh on April 1st at the Circuit Center & Ballroom.
This organization has come a long way since its inception, and this is the first spring semester to be hosting regional events as large as this and in multiple cities. It is best to register as early as possible. If you’re a “dues paying member” (join for $10 here), these events are free of charge. If you are not an official member, the cost of the event is $25. Don’t forget to tell them you were sent by yours truly!