CAMPUS ORGANIZING REPORT
Submitted to: Libertarian National Committee, Mar. 7, 2013
Submitted by: James W. Lark, III
Region 5S Representative, Libertarian National Committee
This report will provide information concerning efforts to build and support Libertarian campus organizations. I shall provide an updated report at the LNC meeting in Rosemont should additional information become available.
1) I continue to respond to inquiries from people who want information about the LP campus outreach effort. I am usually able to respond within 24 hours of receiving an inquiry.
2) I continue to work with the Advocates for Self-Government to provide material (e.g., “Operation Politically Homeless” kits) to campus organizations. (In the interest of full disclosure, please note that I am the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates.)
3) I continue to work with various state and local LP organizations to assist their campus outreach efforts.
4) I continue to work closely with Students For Liberty to build libertarian groups at high schools and colleges. (I am a member of the Board of Advisors of SFL.) As part of this effort, members of the SFL board and I have found ways for the LP to use the many services available from SFL. We must be careful in so doing because we do not wish to jeopardize the 501c(3) status of SFL.
In addition, I serve as chair of the Student Libertarian Alumni Committee (SLAC). This organization assists SFL by promoting the organization among libertarians and helping to raise funds for SFL.
On Feb. 16 I addressed the International Society For Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., on the topic of building libertarian campus organizations. In addition, I paid for the LP exhibitor table at the conference and the LP advertisement in the conference program. Carla Howell, Robert Kraus, Eric Dixon, and Laura Delhomme helped me greatly in organizing the LP outreach at the event. Also, Mr. Kraus, Mr. Dixon, and Ms. Delhomme staffed the table; Ms. Delhomme deserves special recognition for organizing the volunteer effort by members of the Libertarian Party of Virginia.
Arvin Vohra designed a very nice piece of outreach literature, and assisted in staffing the table. Other volunteers who staffed the table included Lindsey Bolton, Chuck Moulton, and Larry Schneck.
5) I gave a lecture at James Madison University on Feb. 27. The lecture, entitled “Warning:
Governmentally-Mandated Safety Measures May Be Hazardous to Your Health,” was sponsored by the student organization Madison Liberty. I shall speak at Roanoke College (Salem, Virginia) on April 4. I have been invited to speak at several colleges and universities this spring; I hope to be able to accept at least three of these invitations.
As noted above, I gave an address on the subject of campus organizing during the International Students For Liberty Conference on Feb. 16. On March 9 I shall address the European Students For Liberty conference in Leuven, Belgium. (Note: I was scheduled to give an address at the Universiteit Hasselt in Hasselt, Belgium on March 7, to be sponsored by the Classical Liberal Students Association Hasselt. However, my travel plans were changed due to the snow storm in central Virginia on March 6, and so I won’t be able to give this address.)
6) I continue to work with Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) on programs of mutual interest.
7) As noted previously, several liberty-oriented organizations (e.g., Cato, Reason Foundation, Institute for Humane Studies, Foundation for Economics Education) work to coordinate their student outreach programs. I participate in meetings of representatives of these organizations when my schedule permits.
8) I have informed Gary Johnson and Jim Gray that I shall be happy to help them in their efforts to speak on college campuses.
9) As I have mentioned previously, I hope LPHQ will routinely authorize the assignment of an intern on a half-time basis to work on campus organizing.