Monday, September 23, 2013

Constitution Day Success!

09/17/13 YAL's Free Speech Wall at Vanderbilt University

This Constitution Day, in celebration of our First Amendment rights to freedom of expression, Young Americans for Liberty @VU erected a Free Speech Wall outside Rand and hosted David Hudson, a scholar with the First Amendment Center.

Our free speech wall received such a great response, we decided to leave it up for the week.  The positivity and lack of hate speech expressed on our wall reflects well on Vanderbilt students.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Find more, higher definition pictures on our Facebook page!

Mr. Hudson was excellent in his discussion of modern threats to our First Amendment rights.  He focused on four topics:
  1. Free speech in public schools
  2. Free speech for public employees
  3. Freedom of sexual expression, barring child pornography
  4. Excessive enforcement of intellectual property rights
Hudson concluded by stressing that protecting freedom of speech is not a partisan issue, and that there have been infringements from all parts of the political spectrum.  He emphasized the need for a robust interpretation of the First Amendment, as free expression leads to a better society.

Vandy Law Professor and First Amendment Law Scholar, David Hudson Jr.

What did you think of our Constitution Day events?  Love them?  Hate them?  Please take a minute to fill out this quick survey.  We want to take your opinions into account.  That's kind of the idea.

Speaking of ideas...
Tuesday, September 24th (tomorrow!) at 7:00pm in Buttrick 212, we are having our first general body meeting and brainstorming session!  We'll be covering logistics/plans for October.  We also want your feedback, ideas, and the topics you'd like to cover. Feel free to bring dinner, along with all your great ideas!

RSVP here on AnchorLink.

Thanks for reading!

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