Michigan College Arrests Kids for Handing Out Constitutions, Whines About Being ‘Vilified’ When Students Sue

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) members were passing out pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution to fellow students at Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Michigan when college officials approached them and ordered them to stop. When the members refused—arguing that the First Amendment protected their actions—they were arrested for violating the school’s policies.

The charges were dropped 10 days later, but KCC students and YAL members Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers, along with the rest of the KCC YAL chapter, sued the community college, the Board of Trustees, and a few other administrators for violating their First Amendment rights, as Reason reported earlier this year.

Now the administration is claiming that they are the real victims and have been unfairly vilified by the YAL lawsuit.

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Smarter Design for Skid Row

Properly sheltering the homeless presents a mix of logistical and political challenges. In many cities, NIMBY residents block efforts to build supportive services nearby, concentrating those living in homelessness in dangerous and squalid conditions under highways and in under-populated areas. When shelters are built, they can be far from where people need them and are often plagued by crime, to the point that many people regularly voluntarily forfeit the opportunity to spend the night there.

One possible way around those barriers––design that utilizes cheap, easily-duplicated, pod-based living.

Read more in CityLab

Announcing Young Voices’ First Annual Report

Over the last twelve months, Young Voices incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, expanded our staff from two to four, more than doubled our average monthly article placements, and has ambitious plans for growth with radio and TV moving forward. We’re proud to present to you our first Annual Report, detailing our programatic successes over the past year.

Podcast Ep #75: Hyperbole & pop-culture in politics

Managing Editor of Young Voices, Liz Wolfe, joins the podcast to share her thoughts on political use of The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as preview her upcoming piece on how non-profits are addressing homelessness with pod homes.

Follow Liz Wolfe @LizzyWol and Young Voices on Twitter @yvadv and Stephen Kent @stephen_kent89

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Gay pride and the miracle of capitalism

June is Gay Pride Month, with cities across the country celebrating their LGBT citizens with grand parades, concerts and street festivals. The rapid growth of this annual event is truly remarkable considering that it traces its roots back to protests following the police raid on New York City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969. Less than 50 years later, what was once an act of resistance is now a mainstream celebration sponsored by dozens of major corporations — strong proof of capitalism’s ability to adapt to and even drive social change.

Sadly, some LGBT activists strongly disagree. A group called No Justice No Pride has disrupted Pride parades in at least eight cities in protest of the celebration’s increasing corporatization. In Washington, D.C., the group successfully held up the parade for more than an hour, blocking the streets with a sit-in and signs condemning companies like Wells Fargo.

Read more in the Washington Examiner

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