Good news from today’s address at Georgetown, which included a shout-out to Ben Shapiro for braving the wrath of Antifa (“the Orwellian-named ‘anti-fascist’ protesters,” as Sessions correctly describes them) to speak at Berkeley two weeks ago.Is Free Speech a problem on campuses? Berkeley Antifa stalks Republican students at dinner
Starting today, the Department of Justice will do its part in this struggle. We will enforce federal law, defend free speech, and protect students’ free expression from whatever end of the political spectrum it may come. To that end, we are filing a Statement of Interest in a campus free speech case this week and we will be filing more in the weeks and months to come.The case he mentions is Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, a lawsuit brought by a student at Georgia Gwinnett College against the school’s administration. It’s a shrewd choice politically, not only because the plaintiff was evangelizing on behalf of his Christian faith but because the facts of the case are, well, bananas:
In July, college officials stopped Uzuegbunam from talking with fellow students about Christianity and handing out religious literature in a plaza outside the college library. After Uzuegbunam complied, campus officials informed him that GGC policies also prohibited him from speaking privately with students about his faith unless he provides three days advance notice and speaks only in one of the two small speech zones during the two to four hours a day they are open during the week.Georgia Gwinnett is a public school. Under the First Amendment, the government does have some leeway in restricting the time, place, and manner of speech on public property, You don’t get to bring your megaphone to the public park at 3 a.m. when people are trying to sleep, for instance. Calling the cops on a kid for handing out leaflets in some free-speech holding pen, though? Time, place, and manner restrictions are supposed to serve an “important” government interest and be narrowly tailored to that end. Good luck to Georgia Gwinnett in making the case that an important goal was served in preventing a religious believer from politely offering people free literature.
In August, Uzuegbunam followed these restrictions and spoke and distributed literature peacefully at a small patio area that is one of the speech zones. After 20 minutes, campus police arrived and told him to stop sharing his faith because of “some calls from people complaining.”
Conservative students at the University of California, Berkeley have been actively stalked and targeted by a regional Antifa organization known for inciting violence.
While the Berkeley College Republicans met at a local restaurant Wednesday evening, Berkeley Antifa took to Twitter to post the exact location of the student group online.
“BCR meeting right now inside Eureka at 2068 Center St after drinking with Kyle Chapman and Joey Gibson at Fashy's, I mean, Pappy's,” the Antifa organization tweeted. “Inside right now is Troy Worden, Ashton Whitty, Naweed Tahmas, Matt Ronnau, Angelie Castenada, and two others.”
While Antifa did not openly advocate for violence against the students, members of the Berkeley CRs have previously reported being stalked, followed, and targeted by the radical activists.
In late August, Ashton Whitty, one of the conservative students at the university, was stalked by several Antifa demonstrators who approached her at a gas station and pummeled her vehicle as she fled the scene.
“Antifa has taken pictures of me, they've followed me on the street, and have tracked my location using social media,” Whitty told Campus Reform. “It's rather odd why these people would see us as such a priority when we're just everyday people.”
On Tuesday, prominent Antifa leader Yvonne Felarca was arrested following the group's “Victory March” in the city. Berkeley Police later released a mugshot of the activist, noting that she was arrested for "battery and resisting arrest."
Students are in school to learn, because, let's face it, they're ignorant.
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