Within one year of existence, the Illinois State University chapter of Young Americans for Liberty has flourished into the most influential political organization on campus.

Our local chapter’s mission statement: Present the ideals of natural rights and individual liberty. End the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. End victimless crime legislation; focusing on marijuana and underage drinking laws. Restore the right to privacy, and rebuke the intrusive police state. Shed light on the Federal Reserve System, and its betrayal of the American people.

We have hosted anti-war protests, Federal Reserve symposiums, the early 2010 governor candidates forum, megaphone demonstrations, hard-hitting political interviews, radio appearances and the Illinois Policy Institute.

Our group has handed out pocket Constitutions and thousands of other pieces of literature and media promoting the philosophy of libertarianism and individuality. We have reached countless people, and have worked tirelessly to break the false left/right paradigm that separates America today.

Thanks to student organizations like ours, Ron Paul is a front-runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, despite neglect from mainstream media.

We have dozens of non-student members ranging in age from 23 to 61. We are kicking off another school year of activism with the Fall Festival on the ISU quad 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and our first business meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at Schroeder Hall, Room 114.

Kyle Kidwell, Normal

The writer is president, Young Americans for Liberty, Illinois State University Chapter.

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