On Wednesday, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), which credits itself as “the nation’s most active youth libertarian organization,” announced that it is fighting COVID-19 vaccine mandates on 23 college campuses, “pushing back against government interference in private medical decisions.”
According to the group, “YAL is coordinating with student leaders on campus to rally support against vaccine mandates and promote individual choice during the public-health crisis. The organization is not anti-vaccine, but rather anti-vaccine mandate at taxpayer-funded academic institutions.”
A press release from the group notes:
In recent months, YAL has been active from coast to coast, most notably at Rutgers University, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Colorado Boulder. At Rutgers, Sara Razi—a junior at the school and one of YAL’s New Jersey state chairs—organized a protest against Rutgers’ vaccine mandate in May, rallying hundreds of students in support of medical freedom. At Virginia Tech, YAL activists have circulated a petition encouraging students to protest mandatory vaccination on campus, garnering hundreds of signatures in a matter of weeks and delivering them to the administration. A similar petition for CU Boulder is being drafted.
YAL has also influenced policymaking at the state level, rallying legislators to fight back against COVID-19 tyranny. Members of YAL’s Hazlitt Coalition—the organization’s growing network of more than 170 pro-liberty legislators from nearly 40 states—have filed 25 bills defending American citizens’ rights against COVID-related infringements.
Razi said, “After Rutgers University became the first university in America to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine, I decided to organize a campaign to stand up for the rights of students to make their own personal medical decisions.”
“Within a month, YAL and other student groups held a rally on campus with over 600 people attending. Now, YAL has continued this model by creating Student Rights Campaign (SRC) petitions to challenge universities’ tyrannical policies and advance liberty on college campuses.”
Senior YAL spokesman Eric Brakey said, “Individuals should be free to make their own healthcare decisions with their doctors.” He added, “Instead, taxpayer-funded college administrators are imposing one-size-fits-all vaccine mandates on every student, regardless of disability or natural immunity status. That is why I am proud of YAL activists—on 23 college campuses across the country—fighting against these mandates for healthcare freedom. Their activism has never been more important for preserving liberty.”