Skip to comments.Young America's Foundation Scores Victory Against Berkeley
Posted on 04/27/2018 2:37:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
Young America's Foundation scored a legal victory against UC-Berkeley this week after a judge in San Francisco refused to dismiss the organization's lawsuit against the university for infringing on the First Amendment rights of conservative students and speakers on campus.
Young Americas Foundation looks forward to moving on to the merits of this case and vigorously defending our claims at trial. This ruling allowing YAFs critical First Amendment case to move forward is a win for conservatives and free speech, and it shows that Judge Chesney believes there is significant evidence of Berkeleys work to suppress conservative speech," Young Americas Foundation spokesman Spencer Brown released in a statement. Conservative students will finally have their day in court, and we are confident that the outcome of this case will be the restoration of students First Amendment rights at the University of California, Berkeley.
The lawsuit against Berkeley is backed by the Department of Justice, which issued a statement of interest for the case in January.
This Department of Justice will not stand by idly while public universities violate students constitutional rights, former Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said about the statement of interest at the time.
YAF filed the lawsuit late last year after the university repeatedly forced conservative students to pay extreme security fees to host speakers or face cancellation of their events. The university has special requirements and hurdles for conservative speakers that are not required for those who espouse leftist ideology.
"UC Berkeley has used its infamous unwritten and unpublished High Profile Speaker Policy to repeatedly suppress conservative speech on campus. In Wednesdays ruling, the court found sufficient factual allegations for YAFs First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment claims to move forward to trial," YAF released in a statement. "At trial, Berkeley will also have to answer for its unconstitutional application of the Major Events policy surrounding Young Americas Foundations breakthrough lecture with Ben Shapiro that took place last September. The court found YAFs arguments persuasive, regarding Berkeleys use of security fees to suppress conservative speech."
The irony? In the 1960s, UC Berkeley was home to the Free Speech Movement.
That is indeed an irony
Yes, I know it's a loyalty oath. However, is it so onerous to promise to obey the legally passed laws of the country they are living in? Such as, the First thru the Tenth Amendments?
Good News. The requirement of free speech (another other constitutional rights) applies to any non-profit or for profit organization that receives government money.
About time. Some liberals still seem to remember what the first amendment is about.
“Free speech is shouting ‘Theatre!’ in a crowded fire!”
What were they not permitted to say in the 60s? Hating on the vets?
And Reagan showed that you play hardball with disruptive leftists.
When did students stop wearing suits?
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