Sunday, December 04, 2016

See You Next Year!

The tumultuous month of November has ended, and so have our general body meetings. There will be no general body meetings until next semester. We wish you the best of luck on all your final exams!

Even though our meetings have ended, there will still be plenty of engaging events on campus this week. This Monday, Dec 5, the Columbia Political Union will be hosting a People's Forum on Philippine President Duterte and U.S. Foreign Policy. The forum will focus on Duterte's war on drugs and the implications for the future of US-Philippines relations. It is scheduled for 9-10pm in Lerner 569. All are welcome to attend and speak.

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning will also be hosting an event on Monday, at 2pm. The event, Community Conversation: Teaching after the Election, will feature discussions between students and staff about liberal education and the classroom. Registration is required.

Finally, on Thursday, Dec 8, professors from Columbia, Barnard, and other New York schools will be hosting a panel on sanctuary campuses and their political, social, and historical context. They will also discuss what sanctuary campuses could mean for student mobilization and resistance in the future. The event is scheduled for 6-8pm in the Julius S. Held Lecture Hall at Barnard. The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required.

See you in 2017!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cuba After Castro & Marching on Washington

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at age 90. He held on to power longer than all living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II, and his death marks the end of a turbulent and violent chapter in Cuban history. His younger brother Raúl Castro, who took over as President in 2008, will set the future course of the country.

We will be covering Fidel Castro and his legacy at our meeting at 8pm on Wednesday. We will also discuss the current embargo against Cuba, which is estimated to cost our economy $1.2 billion every year in lost sales and exports. Should the embargo be rolled back? And what should be our policy towards a Raúl Castro-led Cuba? Join us and share your thoughts!

In other news, Columbia University Amnesty International will be sending students to attend the Million Women's March on Washington DC on January 21st, 2017. The march aims to bring together people of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, and religions and send a message about the rights of the marginalized. This will be an inclusive march, and everyone is welcome to join.

Monday, November 21, 2016

International Students for Liberty Conference & Libertarian Party Voter Registration

Due to Thanksgiving Break, there will be no general body meeting this week. Enjoy your break! We will resume our regular meetings next week.

In other news, the Students for Liberty organization has scheduled its International Students for Liberty Conference for February 17-19, 2017. The conference will be held in Washington D.C., and will feature speakers Steve Forbes, Jonathan Haidt, and Edward Stringham. ISFLC is one of the liberty movement's premier events, bringing together thinkers and students from around the world. It's the perfect place for libertarian initiates and experts to converse and explore ideas together. ISFLC will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary, and it's going to be huge.

In addition, last week, the Libertarian Party has announced that it now has more than a half-million registered voters. This makes the Libertarian Party the third nationally organized party to pass this milestone, after the Democrats and Republicans. The Libertarian Party started 2016 with 411,000 registered voters, and after a year of stirring political campaigns, the number has increased by nearly 100,000. If you are a New York resident and would like to register, please fill out this form and mail it to your County Board of Elections.

We hope to see you soon!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mass Incarceration, Yiannopoulos and Modern Feminism

Hello everyone! We hope that you had a nice and productive weekend. Trump's victory has generated a plethora of political discussions on social media platforms, and people are becoming more aware of the severity of the problems that we face as a nation. In these uncertain times, it's essential for us to stay informed and politically active.

The next general body meeting is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday, November 16th, in Hamilton 304. The topic of the meeting will be mass incarceration. In his "60 Minutes" interview yesterday, Donald Trump suggested that he will use a combination of deportation and incarceration to fight illegal immigration. This will likely increase the incarceration rate, which has already risen to a staggering 700 per 100,000 people. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have contributed to the worsening incarceration crisis, which has becoming an increasingly pressing social and political concern. How can we abate incarceration while maintaining social order? And how can we prevent incarceration from spiraling out of control? Join us at our meeting and share your ideas! We will also be discussing current events and sharing general thoughts about the elections.

The Milo Yiannopoulos event planned by the College Republicans has been postponed to February 2017. The delay is due to Milo's personal scheduling conflicts. New tickets will be issued to those who have registered. We will update you about the event next semester.
Additionally, this Wednesday, at noon, Columbia's Awakening Our Democracy series will be hosting a discussion on the meaning of feminism at this time. The event, Feminism, Media and the State of the Union, will feature ABC News journalist Juju Chang, journalism professor Helen Benedict, history professor Premilla Nadasen, and activist Marianne Schnall. Lunches will be provided to CUID holders.

We hope to see you there!


Monday, November 07, 2016

Election Day, Veterans Day Panel & Milo Yiannopoulos

Hello everyone! Election Day is just one day away, and we hope that you are excited to vote. The NYC Board of Elections has created this handy website to help you find polling sites. For those of you on campus, you will most likely be voting at Lenfest Hall (425 West 121 St.) or Riverside Church (91 Claremont Ave). You can only vote at your designated polling place, so please double check it before heading out.

Our next general body meeting is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday, November 9th, in Hamilton 304. The topic of the meeting will be the outcomes of the elections. In addition to the presidency, 469 seats in Congress (34 in the Senate and all 435 in the House) are up for election. The battle for the Senate is especially heated this year, as the Democrats are aiming to regain control of the world's greatest deliberative body. The outcome of these elections will also affect the appointment of the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's successor. All three branches of federal government will be profoundly influenced by the votes we cast tomorrow, so go out there and vote! And after you vote, join us and analyze the results over warm pizza on Wednesday night.

Additionally, on Friday, November 11th, the Columbia University College Republicans will be hosting the annual Veterans Day panel at 8pm in the Satow room. The goal of the panel will be to offer a voice to student veterans and allow them to share their experiences with other students. The focus will be on the transitioning process from military service to Columbia University and the obstacles they face.

Finally, on Wednesday, November 16th, journalist and entrepreneur Milo Yiannopoulos will be speaking to us on campus as a part of his national college campus speaking tour. Yiannopoulos serves as the Technology Editor of the Breitbart Report and played a crucial role in the Gamergate Controversy. He has leagues of vocal supporters as well as opponents, and now, both sides will be able to speak with him on campus. The event is free, but space is limited. For more information about the event, please check out the event on Facebook.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Healthcare Policies, Debates & Christina Hoff Sommers

Hello everyone! We wish you a happy Halloween. Election Day is less than ten days away, and the future of the country looks frightening indeed. In the meantime, please enjoy the following events on campus... if you dare.
The next general body meeting is scheduled for 8pm on WednesdayNovember 2nd, in Hamilton 304. The topic of the meeting will be healthcare. Healthcare spending in the United States has been steadily increasing since the 1960s. Between 1960 and 2014, healthcare spending increased from an inflation-adjusted average of $1,176/person per year to $9,544 (by 8 times). In the same period of time, the portion of healthcare expeses paid by third parties have increased from 52% to 89%. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was supposed to have greatly expanded insurance coverage, but 11% percent of the population remains uninsured. How can we control healthcare costs while maintaining a high standard of care? And what role, if any, should the government play in healthcare? Come join us and share your thoughts over warm pizza. 

Additionally, tomorrow, November 1st, American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers will be joining us on campus to speak about the issues of hypersensitivity and censorship on campus. Academic freedom and freedom of expression form the crucial foundations of liberal education. However, these freedoms are slowly being eroded by political correctness and a culture of victimhood. Sommers will be speaking to us about this worrying trend in Victims, Victims Everywhere: Trigger Warnings, Liberty, and the Academy. The event is scheduled for 7-8:30pm, and there will be a question and answer session at the end. For more information about the event, please check out the following link:

Furthermore, this TuesdayNovember 1st, all political groups on campus will be gathering to debate key election issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to hear the positions of the two main parties as well as smaller third parties. The debate will start at 8pm, but the location is still to be decided. Please check our Facebook page later today for the specific lcoation. 

We hope to see you there!


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!