ARLINGTON, VA - Young Americans for Liberty kicked off their 5th annual national convention last week in Arlington, Virginia. The event was its biggest convention yet with over 300 students from across the country.
The night started with the presentation of national awards for the top chapters in the country. Illinois’ Harper Community College took the top award for National Chapter of the Year. Illinois State Chair and Harper Chapter President Scott Lietzow said “The Liberty Movement is growing bigger everyday, and I am excited that Illinois gets to be a leader in this new chapter of politics.”
Illinois's Harper College beat over 400 other colleges and universities including Division 1 universities like Auburn, UW-Madison, and the University of North Carolina.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
After the awards presentation, Young Americans for Liberty hosted a Senate panel which included Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT). The panel moderated by YAL founder and President Jeff Frazee, covered a number of issues, from NSA phone tapping scandal to Obamacare and social security. Sen. Rand Paul told the corwd, "The old guard is a part of the shrinking Republican party.... The growth potential isn't in what they are talking about. They're presiding over a dying party. I don't have anything against them. But the thing is, we need white people, we need black people, we need brown people, people with ponytails, people with tattoos....”
Senators Rand Pau, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee | Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
The convention had intensive campaign and activism training for four days and included other members of Congress such as Congressmen Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Walter Jones (R-NC). The event was keynoted on Friday, by former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul.