Young Americans for Liberty works for free speech
- Sep. 20, 2011
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Young Americans for Liberty, a student organization, spoke out yesterday about restrictions on free speech at the University of Kansas. The group set up tables in front of Watson Library and had a ‘Free Speech Wall’ where students could write whatever they felt, without repercussion.
The group also passed out 250 Constitution pamphlets to passers by in an attempt to make students realize free speech restrictions on the Kansas campus.
“KU could take away the policies of restricting chalking, tabling and putting up flyers in the dorms,” Tabitha Marcotte, a junior from Hays said. “I think that would be a huge step.”
Another restriction they hope to eliminate are the free speech zones on campus. For example, zoning restrictions on certain areas of campus.
“We are trying to promote the activism and the education of individuals,” Anthony Orwick, a freshman from Leawood said. “We want to change the ideas that the campus doesn’t have.”
He said that Kansas has no right to tell where a student can or cannot speak. They hoped that the Constitution pamphlets they passed out would bring students to that realization.
Young Americans for Liberty is working with its members to have more events in the upcoming months to raise awareness of free speech rights.
“Those rights are guaranteed to you by the First Amendment no matter what you say,” Orwick said.
Edited by Rachel Schultz