Northwest will soon be welcoming a new political group into the fold, one that allows students to support constitutional rights regardless of their political views.
With chapters at more than 700 universities, Young Americans for Liberty is a non-profit political organization focused on freedom of speech while emphasizing the role of the Constitution.
Founding member junior Taylor Moore said she was inspired by her friend, a chapter president with the University of Kansas, to bring Young Americans for Liberty to Northwest.
“Students don’t know that they have so many rights in the eyes of the law,” Moore said.
After seeing people alienated by political groups that focused on narrow political ideas, Moore wanted a non-partisan group where people with different views could work together.
“There is a lot of polarization of the parties right now,” Moore said. “I just want to focus on different individual rights, which is what we promote.”
The organization has 10 members and more than 30 that are interested in joining.
As for how YAL plans to make itself known to the community, group members have discussed a variety of possible initiatives to bring on campus.
Organization initiatives include a Constitution wall and a free speech ball, a five-foot ball that students would sign.
At its first official meeting last Friday, members reviewed key organization bylaws and reviewed the YAL constitution.
Founding member Ben DeMouth said the organization’s first meeting was also critical for getting members on the same page with how they would move forward.
He feels as though YAL’s future meetings will give its members an engaging experience.
“It’s not something that you have to sit down and listen to somebody talks to you, it’s going to be entertaining captivating stuff,” DeMouth said.
Far too often DeMouth says he has seen students learn about Democrat and Republican values in classes and not agree with either.
“I think a lot of kids our age believe that they are independent but feel that they have to be a part of one of the two parties,” DeMouth said. “The thing about Young Americans is it encourages people to think for themselves.”
More than anything else, he feels the diversity of political views amongst members is evidence that people with different political views can work to support common goals.
The group has one last hurdle to complete before campus decisions can be made, a pitch to Student Senate so the group can become officially recognized.