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LIBERTYFEST ATTENDEES CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA'S EXISTING FREEDOMS, BRAINSTORM TO RESTORE LOST LIBERTIES

December 6, 2017

LibertyWorks Inc., an Atlas Network partner based in Brisbane, Australia, recently hosted its annual LibertyFest Conference. This conference was held to celebrate existing liberties and discuss how liberties that have been lost can be restored. The event consisted of a day filled with speakers and entertainers whose mission was to advocate for liberty and stimulate thinking.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM SUMMIT IN SRI LANKA OFFERS ROADMAP FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

December 6, 2017

Each year, the Fraser Institute releases its Economic Freedom of the World Index, which ranks every country based upon the degree to which each country’s policies and institutions support economic freedom. Advocata Institute, an Atlas Network partner organization in Sri Lanka (most recently ranked 94th in the index), recently hosted an Economic Freedom Summit with the Fraser Institute to examine the country’s performance in the index and discuss how the country can improve its rankings through reforms. The summit was an opportunity for Advocata Institute to provide a comprehensive description of the current economic policies in Sri Lanka and to offer a prescription for reform to boost the economy. It also held an essay contest at the event, which brought in one hundred and twenty different essays in three different languages discussing economic reform in Sri Lanka.

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‘OPT OUT’ PROJECT INFORMS UNION MEMBERS OF THEIR RIGHTS

December 5, 2017

Public sector employees are pressured to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) once they gain employment. However, a 2014 Supreme Court decision (Harris v. Quinn) authorized Medicaid-compensated home healthcare and childcare providers in Washington, Oregon, and California to opt out of their union membership. Despite the ruling, many of these employees are unaware that they have the right to opt out of the SEIU and avoid paying union dues. Freedom Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in the state of Washington, is working to end this culture of ignorance with their “Union Transparency and Reform Project.”

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PROJECT ARIZONA IGNITES A PRO-FREEDOM SPIRIT IN YOUNG INTERNATIONAL LEADERS

December 4, 2017

Bringing conceptual understanding of classical liberal philosophy into practical application in society is a difficult task, especially for those in nations that have lower levels of economic and personal freedom. Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF), an Atlas Network partner based in Poland, has successfully bridged that gap with Project Arizona.

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‘KEEP IT LOCAL SUMMIT’ PROMOTES BOTTOM-UP APPROACH TO LOCAL ISSUES IN CONNECTICUT

December 1, 2017

Local solutions to local challenges often are much more effective than directives from more distant government bodies. The Yankee Institute for Public Policy’s Keep it Local Summit brought together more than 100 policy experts, lawmakers, mayors, state lawmakers, local elected officials, candidates for public office, business leaders, and concerned citizens to discuss the important issues that Connecticut faces and formulate ways to solve them from the local level. The summit was covered by Connecticut’s top political news outlets, Fox61 News and CT News Junkie.

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DANIEL HANNAN GIVES THE TOAST TO FREEDOM AT ATLAS NETWORK'S FREEDOM DINNER 2017

November 29, 2017

The historic Capitale was bursting at the seams with more than 650 people from 50 countries when Daniel Hannan paid homage in his Toast to Freedom to Atlas Network’s founder, Sir Antony Fisher, who once was a very successful chicken farmer. “Chickens are not exactly the eagle, the American crest, and yet under their feathers, they incubated freedom,” said Hannan. His toast, which he gave at Atlas Network's Freedom Dinner 2017, went on to describe how without free trade, a chicken sandwich would likely be out of reach for most people in the world.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: SUSANA DONAIRE

November 29, 2017

A recent alumna of Atlas Network’s Smith Fellowship, Susana Donaire is the institutional development coordinator of México Evalúa, an Atlas Network partner organization based in Mexico City, Mexico. Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy’s program manager, Tarun Vats, recently caught up with Susana to discuss the challenges in Mexico, how México Evalúa hopes to make a difference, and how the Smith Fellowship has created new opportunities to help Susana in her work.

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