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Freedom Week 101: Building (and Tearing Down) Your Berlin Wall

By

Patrick Coyle

July 31, 2020

Freedom Week is rapidly approaching and one of the primary activities is for groups to tear down a mock Berlin Wall to showcase how the anti-free speech policies pushed by campus leftists are creating a new wall between young people and freedom.

Many students ask how they should build their wall. Justin Thompson, a conservative activist and graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, explains how to build a Berlin Wall:

Supplies (prices are approximate):

  • 12 4’x8′ sections of gypsum drywall ($100)
  • 8 2’×4’x8′ boards ($50)
  • 4 2’×4’x12′ boards ($25)
  • Screws ($10)
  • Spray paint, miscellaneous colors ($25)
  • Miscellaneous wood sizes, ranging from boards in length of one to two feet, and ply-wood/composite.
  • 2 Safety goggles ($10)
  • Hammers/miscellaneous implements of destruction ($20)
  • Total approximate cost: $240.00Step 1–Build your frame, which will consist of two sections. Feel free to make one section if you have limited funds/supplies. Our conservative club made two and pieced them together into one large structure. Lay the 12′ sections of board horizontally and parallel to each other, separated by 8′ between them. Then place the 8′ boards on the outside, and two on the inside.

    *Note: Lay a large, blue tarp down at the beginning of the process, stretch it tight, and stake it to avoid bunching. The tarp will make clean up much easier.

    Step 2–Screw all boards together at corners from outermost piece of wood.

    Step 3–Lay sections of dry-wall over each 4’×8′ section of your frame and screw in along stud every 6″. Repeat for both sides.

    Step 4–Repeat steps 1-3 for your second section, if you are doing two sections, and then lay them side by side.

    Step 5–Create a footing for each with miscellaneous wood. A piece of particleboard attached with a brace on each side should suffice.

    Step 6–Stand each individual section of the structure upright. It will be VERY heavy. You will need at least one person per 4’×8′ section to get it upright. Then, secure both sections by butting a brace and footing between them as well as attaching them at the top with a piece of 2’×4′.

    Step 7–Paint your wall with “microaggressions,” “safe spaces,” and other terms leftists at your school use in their attempts to squelch free speech.

    Step 8–Encourage classmates and fellow students to help destroy a symbol of communism and tyranny!

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