Ethan Pritchard, SFL North America
Ethan Pritchard, who received Student of the Year award at ISFLC17, has advocated for the right to self-defense on campus, and who was featured in the pages of Reason magazine, invited over 25 different clubs on campus to participate and speak at his Free Speech Celebration at the University of Maryland at College Park on February 8th, 2017.
Throughout the event, a variety of social clubs discussed their missions. These clubs included VegTerps who talked about animal rights, Our Revolution UMD who talked about continuing Bernie Sanders’ message of progressive reform and the Prison Resistance Project who talked about reforming the capital punishment system. The Muslim Student Association was also among the groups that spoke, started off their speech with a prayer, and invited everyone to come to their meetings and spoke about student misconceptions of Islam. College Republicans were also in attendance and discussed how it is a weird time to be a Republican.
With media coverage and over 50 people in attendance, it was certainly a fantastic event to express the importance of free speech.