Monday, October 24, 2016

Gun Control & Students for Liberty Regional Conference

Over the weekend, the Columbia football team took Dartmouth head-on and defeated them 9-7. Our team has finally broken the losing streak to Dartmouth, and we hope for more victories to come. Roar, Lion, Roar!

Our next general body meeting is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday, October 26th, in Hamilton 304. The topic of the meeting will be gun control. Americans own 265 million guns - more than one gun for every adult. However, only 37% percent of households own firearms; 133 million guns are owned by 3% of American adults, who possess an average of 17 guns each. The CDC estimates that there were 33,636 deaths due to "injury by firearms" in 2013. Supporters of gun control use these statistics to push for more gun control, while opponents claim that guns help deter crime and secure individual liberties. Should guns be more strictly controlled? And how can we reduce gun violence while maintaining the right to bear arms? Join us and share your thoughts over warm pizza!

Additionally, on Saturday, October 29th, Students for Liberty will be hosting regional conferences on key election issues. The New York Regional Conference will be held at New York University. Speakers at the conference include Forbes 30 Under 30's Liya Palagashvili, economist Steve Horwitz, Free the People's Matt Kibbe and Lou Perez of We the Internet TV. There will also be a film festival and a SDP Know Your Rights event.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please check out the link: The event is free, but registration is required.

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Refugees, Political Journalism and the Final Debate

Tomorrow, at 9pm, the Columbia Political Union will be holding a policy debate on how the United States should address the current refugee crisis. Representatives from the Dems, CUCR, Roosevelt, CUL, and PSSA will debate the definition of refugees and how the United States can best assist and/or accommodate them. The room booked for the event is Lerner 569. Come and cheer on your fellow club members!

Please check out the event on Facebook if you would like more information:

The third and final Presidential Debate is scheduled for this Wednesday, at 9pm. The moderator will be Chris Wallace of Fox News, and the topics selected include: debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and fitness to be president.

Because of the presidential debate, there will be no general body meeting this week. Members are encouraged to attend the debate viewing party hosted by the Brown Institute of the Journalism School.

The Journalism School will be hosting two events on campus this week. On Monday, from 1-2pm, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism will be holding a discussion on terrorism, political rhetoric, and media coverage. Featured guests include human rights activist Rafia Zakaria and Al Jazeera journalist Burhan Wazir. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please register using the following link:
Additionally, the Brown Institute will be hosting a panel discussion and a debate viewing party on Wednesday the 19th. The panel discussion starts at 8pm, and the debate viewing party starts at 9pm. Panelists include political science professor Andrew Gelman and New York Times editor Liz Spayd. The panel discussion will be followed by a debate watch party with bingo and prizes. Snacks will be provided, but space is limited. Eventbrite registration is required for entry. For more information and to register, please check out the following link:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Meeting Tonight & Bill Weld in NYC

Election Day is less than a month away, and all the campaigns are kicking into overdrive. It's an exciting time for political groups on campus.

CUL will be meeting tonight from 8-9pm in Hamilton 302. The topic for tonight meeting will candidate character vs. policy. We will be examining the biographies and policies of the leading candidates and discussing how to balance personal character and policy. We will also go over some current events as well as the highlights of the VP debate last week and the town hall debate. It's going to be a busy meeting, and we hope that you can join us.

Additionally, Liberty Tour 2016 will be coming to NYC on Thursday, October 13th. Former Massachusetts Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Bill Weld and VICELAND's Travis Irvine will be coming to speak about libertarian ideas, policies, and principles. The event is scheduled for 7-9pm will be held at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater in Chelsea. Registration is not required, but those who RSVP will be granted seating priority. This is your chance to meet all your libertarian heroes, so don't miss out!

If you would like more information about the event and/or would like to RSVP, please check out the following link:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Larry Sharpe: The Futility of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror

Hello, everyone. This is a friendly reminder that former Libertarian Party VP Candidate and New York Libertarian Party member Larry Sharpe will be speaking on campus today.

The topic of Larry Sharpe's speech is the Futility of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror. The event is scheduled for 6:00-7:00pm in Roone Arledge Cinema (on 2-West). Doors open at 5:30pm.

For more information, please check out the Facebook event: Share it with your friends and spread the word!

Additionally, the Columbia Political Union will be hosting a Debate Watch Party on Sunday, October 9th, at 8:45pm. Students of all political affiliations are encouraged to attend. Barnard political science professor Michael Miller will be there to live-tweet and introduce the event.

CPU has booked the South Lawn for the event, but it may be moved indoors to Low Plaza or Lerner 555 in case of rain. Guests are invited to bring blankets and food to enjoy the evening.

Please check out the event on Facebook for more information:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Campaign Finance Meeting + Ralph Nader on Campus

At our last meeting, we had a great conversation about campaign finance, an issue that has become increasingly pressing over the past three decades. Since 1985, the amount of money spent on elections by campaigns and outside groups, as measured by the Federal Election Commission, has grown more than 550%. The trend of increasing campaign spending is occurring on both the state and federal levels. In 2012, New York State politicians spent more than $141 million on their campaigns. In the ongoing Presidential Election, candidates and super PACs have raised nearly $1.5 billion.

Are increasing campaign finance costs a cause for concern? And how should libertarians approach the issue? Come to our meeting on Wednesday, September 21st, to discuss your thoughts and opinions. The meeting is scheduled for 8:00-9:00pm in Hamilton 503. Pizza pies and refreshments will be served.

Additionally, this week, Voting Week is bringing Ralph Nader to campus. The author and activist will be speaking on Monday, September 19th, about democracy and student participation. The event will be held in Lerner 555 and will last from 12-2pm.

Check out the event here:
And book your tickets here:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

First CUL Meeting: Wednesday, September 14

Hello, Columbia!

The first CUL General Body Meeting of the semester is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 14, from 7:30 to 8:30pm!

The meeting will be held in Mudd 545. We hope to inform you about the club, the executive board, our ideology, and our future events. It'll be a short and relaxed meeting, so feel free to bring along some food and friends. Also feel free to leave early to attend other meetings.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to sign up for our mailing list, please contact CUL via email.

Hoping to see you soon.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Gary Johnson is Coming to NYC

This Saturday, September 10, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be holding a rally at the Mariott Marquis at Times Square. This will be his first campaign stop in New York, and thousands of supporters are expected to attend.

Join us this Saturday at the Mariott Marquis to learn more about the man and his vision for America. Come and see reason and pragmatism prevail over dogma and bombast!

Check out the link for more information: