I hit the ground running here in Upstate South Carolina, and so far, I’ve seen nothing but success. My first day tabling, my activists and I identified over 100 Clemson students who agree that big government sucks, and that Turning Point’s values deserve a voice on campus. Clemson has continued to be an all-star chapter. The chapter president, Kyle Brady, noticed last year after starting TPUSA at Clemson that the university had free speech codes that he saw as less than acceptable. Kyle has formed a coalition of Free Market Alliance groups to take on the Clemson administration and their unconstitutional speech codes. The coalition group, WeRoar, has made national news several times already this semester regarding free speech issues on campus. Kyle continues to plan sold out events and serves as a great ambassador of the TPUSA brand and mission.
Activists at Furman University saw great interest at their back-to-school organization fair, and hosted a successful first chapter meeting. I am also working on opening four new chapters at the University of South Carolina – Upstate, Wofford College, Travelers Rest High School and North Greenville University. In addition to working on these new chapters where potential leadership has already been identified, I have reached out to several new schools in the upstate. Students at Tri-County Technical College, University of South Carolina – Lancaster, Lander and more have seen Turning Point for the first time this semester.
Looking forward, I am working with several of our chapters to host big events on campus. Clemson is hosting Milo Yiannopoulos and Tim Scott in October. The Milo event sold out at 680 registered attendees over a month ago! Our chapter leader at Furman is planning on hosting events for Constitution Day as well as free speech events with other Free Market Alliance groups. Wofford is off to a strong start with a chapter president who is eager to bring speakers to campus.
Students in South Carolina are not afraid to take on their peers, professors, and school administrations to stand for free markets and limited government. They are even willing to tattoo “capitalism” on their chests to help advance the cause. They continue to give me and hope and show me the potential that Turning Point’s message has to change a generation. Continue to expect big things from Turning Point activists in South Carolina!