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BERKELEY — Fifty years ago this week, UC Berkeley students barred from promoting civil rights and other causes on campus staged a peaceful and relentless protest, demanding — and months later, gaining — their constitutional rights to free expression and assembly.

The free speech movement made an unmistakable stamp on a campus that prides itself on its legacy of social activism, and its spirit of protest quickly spread to colleges across the nation.

The victory showed people what free speech movement leader Bettina Aptheker now teaches her students at UC Santa Cruz: “When large numbers of people can be mobilized and organized in a mass movement, you can make significant change.”

Discussions take place at tables set up in Sproul Plaza on the University of California Berkeley, Calif., campus on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Free Speech Movement that began in late September 1964 paved the way for broader freedom of expression on college campuses across the country. At Cal, the movement began after the administration tried to ban students’ political activity — including tabling for social or political causes. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) ( Laura A. Oda )

Students at Cal and other colleges would go on to fight for women’s rights, gay rights, disability rights, and — much later — against apartheid in South Africa before settling into a broader activism today that engages thousands of students in many groups, causes and campaigns.

They also would campaign, successfully, for ethnic studies programs on their campuses in the late 1960s and ’70s, demanding scholarly programs on the history and experiences of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

Massive student-led demonstrations have greatly diminished since the 1960s, when Cal history professor David Hollinger was a graduate student who rallied to support the free speech movement.

Today’s political problems and injustices, he said, can be more difficult to pinpoint than the Vietnam War, Jim Crow racial-segregation laws and campus regulations denying students constitutional rights.

“It’s a little bit harder to know where to get a grip on it,” Hollinger said.

But many students, he said, have embraced other kinds of activism.

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Published: Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

By recently voicing full-hearted approval of a bill eviscerating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, 54 Senate Democrats showed themselves to be among the most extreme, irresponsible, self-serving and historically ignorant establishment politicians of this era.

If they should actually get their way and they conceivably could short of voter outrage we could someday see a once strapping American spirit hopelessly hobbled when imperiousness comes its way.

It will never happen, say many who apparently haven’t noticed what I’ve noticed in my lifetime, namely that almost every significant, broad political or cultural change was once something that would never happen.

No, it will not happen soon, and there are major hurdles, such as the need for supermajorities in Congress prior to ratification by states. But 54 Democrats getting behind a failed resolution in a party-line vote is hardly a timid start, and the amendment has much more going for it: fear of billionaire, special-interest fat cats, a public seemingly susceptible to cries of crisis and victimhood, and great numbers of pundits and academics who share these worries.

Some of us would insist in return that government should stay out of the way of our discourse. We would maintain that democracy entails the assumption that citizens themselves are the ones charged with evaluating what they hear, and we would add there’s always an answer when politicians sell their souls: Throw the rascals out.

Of course, such reasoning carries something on the order of no weight at all with members of Congress forever crafting campaign finance laws supposedly aimed at ending the corruption of special interests buying political favors.

Such things are hard to test, but some say the laws have accomplished no such end. What they have done instead, some will tell you, is suppress nonprofit corporations concerned strictly with issues while assisting hugely advantaged incumbents by limiting funds campaign challengers can come up with.

The First Amendment is not foggy on any of this. It bluntly says Congress shall pass no law abridging free speech. These campaign laws clearly did, and in 2010 the Supreme Court looked at a case in which a group was being denied the right to criticize Hillary Clinton.

The organization had made a Clinton movie, wanted to advertise it on TV and pay to have it shown close to an election. Campaign law said no. The Supreme Court, figuring out this was no different in kind from banning a book, continued a prohibition against corporations contributing to candidates, but also ruled that they could speak out by other means.

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Courts in the Community: Chief Judge Theodore McKee on Student Free Speech
Do students have free speech rights in school? Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reviews the major cases in this clip. Learn about upcoming events:…

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By Katie Kilmartin | Published 09/23/14 12:40am

Greg Lukianoff is the presidentof the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the keynote speaker at UNC’s sixth annual First Amendment Day, which is organized by theUNC Center for Media Law andPolicy.

In an email,Staff Writer Katie Kilmartin asked him about what he plans to talk about in his keynote address, his opinion on UNC’s First Amendment climate and more.

THEDAILY TAR HEEL:What are your thoughts on UNCs ranking as one of the worst 10 universities for free speech?

GREG LUKIANOFF:I was disappointed that I had to include UNC on this years list. I explain my reasons in that piece which you can find here:

Im quite sure I will be getting questions about it tomorrow!

DTH:What do you plan to speak about at the keynote address for First Amendment Day?

GL:Tomorrow, I plan to talk about, of course, the First Amendment, but beyond that the larger principles of freedom of speech itself and why I believe those principles are under threat. Make no mistake about it, free speech is an eternally radical idea, so it is always under threat at all times in human history.

I will also talk about my first book, “Unlearning Liberty,” and my new short book, “Freedom From Speech,” in which I lay out my causes for concern for speech going forward.

DTH:What main ideas do you hope people will take away from your address?

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DWI dumped on free speech claim
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Sep 222014

Senators focus their attention to the front of the room during a meeting. Members of the SGA leadership held a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss student concerns. Photograph by Lorin Myerson

At last weeks town hall meeting students came to voice their concerns about everything from free speech zones to future D.P. Culp University Center renovations.

The Student Government Association executives explained at the Wednesday meeting that student input is important during these meetings in order to write useful legislation and relay student concerns to ETSU President Brian Noland.

Zack, Taylor and I meet with Dr. Noland once a month to go over what students need and what their concerns are, SGA President Doretha Benn said. Student participation in these meetings gives us things to think about and it lets us know what you all really care about.

Tori Neal, a sophomore studying political science and communications with a minor in womens studies, voiced her concerns regarding use of the free speech zone in front of the library.

Can we move our free speech zone to somewhere other than directly in front of the library? Neal said. It is very distracting trying to read or study when there are preachers yelling and insulting students here. Sally Lee, SGAs adviser, and Benn explained the dilemma of moving the free speech zone from in front of the library.

If we move the free speech zone away from the library then we cant have any community events or programs there, Benn said. Unless these preachers are making a clear threat then their right to free speech allows them to be there.

As the meeting progressed, senators brought up the idea of future Culp renovations to attract more students to the area.

I dont hang out in the Culp center because theres really no where that is student friendly, said Rikesh Patel, a junior studying public health. You have food places, but more of it is a stop and go type place. Theres just a lot of offices that dont contribute to student life.

The SGA executives and senators discussed the possibility of adding on to the Culp in the new future.

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Supreme Court just said lying is free speech
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Christopher Hitchens smacks a stupid Muslim around after he tries to stomp upon free speech
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It started with a small picket line on the steps of UC Berkeley’s administration building, Sproul Hall, in September 1964 to protest a new ban on campus political activity. Within two weeks, up to 3,000 students were sitting in the plaza, surrounding a police car to prevent it from taking a protester to jail. By early December, a Free Speech Movement strike brought the campus to a standstill, 800 students were arrested in a sit-in, and the faculty voted to endorse the students’ free speech rights.

It was the beginning of a seismic shift in American culture, one being celebrated – and analyzed, debated and perpetuated – in numerous Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary events taking place on and off the Berkeley campus through December. The panel discussions, lectures, films, exhibitions, concerts and rallies will address not only the FSM but everything from ongoing free speech issues to environmental activism, workers’ rights, civil rights, the student loan crisis and America’s growing income gap. The diversity of topics is a testament to how rapidly and widely the FSM’s influence was felt.

By the spring of ’65, thousands of newly fledged Berkeley activists, including this reporter, turned their attention to Vietnam, making the city a vanguard of the antiwar movement. The energy the FSM unleashed spread through campuses across the country, with protests and “takeovers” everywhere from San Francisco State to the University of Michigan to Columbia and abroad.

The 1968 Sorbonne student occupation grew into riots that almost brought down the French government. New movements were born, ranging in focus from Third World studies and educational reform to women’s and gay liberation to unions for farmworkers and teaching assistants.

And it was the end of an age-old, paternalistic university policy of acting in loco parentis – “in the place of the parent.”

“It happened all over,” says playwright Joan Holden, whose new play “FSM” will be staged at Berkeley Repertory Theatre as part of the FSM 50th Anniversary Reunion next weekend. “The youth revolt – and it really was that – shifted the conversation enormously. It broadened the parameters of the culture.

“Can you say the antiwar movement wouldn’t have happened without the FSM? The women’s movement? No, you can’t. But you can certainly say that it was a huge spark. Sometimes there is an event that jump-starts the culture, that sets off a historical wave. This was one.”

The impact was not one-sided. Many commentators have argued, and many FSM veterans ruefully agree, that a conservative blowback against campus unrest led to the election of Ronald Reagan as California governor – and, consequently, the state’s gradual reduction of financial support for higher education.

But there is no denying that 50 years after the FSM began, the issue of free speech continues to reverberate, particularly among the Millennial generation, whether it’s the debate over Internet freedoms, the Edward Snowden case, human rights issues across the globe, or any perceived new moves to regulate the content of speech on campuses.

“We changed the image of students from panty raiders to political activists,” says FSM veteran Lynne Hollander, the widow of FSM leader Mario Savio and chair of the 50th anniversary reunion. “We were the first big movement on a white college campus. There’d been lots of stuff with black colleges in the South, but we spread that to the Northern campuses.

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DMACC Celebrates Constitution Day
Students exercise their right to free speech and local politicians visit the Ankeny campus.


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Sep 202014

After last weeks editorial reporting on various discussions in academe about the virtues of maintaining civility in disputes, I got a couple of comments from friends connected at one time or another with the University of California, perfect gentlemen both.

Each claimed the prize for recognizing that one of my rude quotes was probably authored by Thomas Jefferson, from the Declaration of Independence.

And both politely disagreed with the absolutist tone of my criticism of Chancellor Dirks.

From Tony Rossmann, who teaches at the Berkeley law school:

But theyre not wrong in suggesting that if at all possible civil discussion is a good goal, in the academy and outside it.

Responding to the critics of his original Free Speech Movement letter, Chancellor Dirks came back in a September 12 press release for a second bite of the apple, an attempt to clarify what hed been trying to say in his previous email:

In this years email, I extended this notion of civility to another crucial element of Berkeleys identity, namely our unflinching commitment to free speech a principle this campus will spend much of this fall celebrating in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement.

My message was intended to re-affirm values that have for years been understood as foundational to this campus community. As I also noted in my message, these values can exist in tension with each other, and there are continuing and serious debates about fundamental issues related to them. In invoking my hope that commitments to civility and to freedom of speech can complement each other, I did not mean to suggest any constraint on freedom of speech, nor did I mean to compromise in any way our commitment to academic freedom, as defined both by this campus and the American Association of University Professors. (For the AAUPs Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, please see

I did, however, express my conviction that in the ongoing debates on campus about these and other issues, we might collectively see the value of real engagement on divisive issues across different perspectives and opinions. By real engagement I mean openness to, and respect for, the different viewpoints that make up our campus community. I remain hopeful that our debates will be both productive and robust not only to further mutual understanding but also for the sake of our overriding intellectual mission.

The Free Speech Movement Archives and the Organizing Committee for the FSM 50th Anniversary would like to thank you for generously supporting our efforts to commemorate the Free Speech Movement and to keep the memory of those events alive. We look forward to seeing you at our reunion.

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Let me start out by admitting my bias. I’m a strong supporter of the First Amendment. With very few exceptions (like child sex abuse images and yelling “fire” in a crowded theater), I believe that free speech is an absolute right for people of all ages and it makes me feel good when I learn that others, especially young people, tend to agree.

The reason I love it when young people support free speech is because they are our future.

If people grow up believing in something, they’re more likely to continue to hold those beliefs as they get older. So, I’m especially pleased that high school students are even more supportive of free speech than adults, according to a new survey from the Knight Foundation.

The foundation conducted a national study of 10,463 high school students and 588 teachers to coincide with the celebration of Constitution Day, which took place Wednesday. Several of the questions were identical to those of a Newseum Institute survey of adults, which enabled researchers to compare results across age groups.

What the study found is that students are more supportive of free speech rights than adults, with the heaviest consumers of social media showing the strongest support. The study found that only 24 percent of students agreed that the “First Amendment goes too far” compared to 38 percent of adults who responded to similar questions. This is a major shift from most previous surveys such as in 2006 when 45 percent of students felt that way compared to 23 percent of adults.

The study also found that today’s students are more likely to agree that people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions with 88 percent agreeing this year compared to 76 percent in 2007 and 83 percent in 2004. There is also increased agreement that “newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of a story,” up from 51 percent in 2004 to 61 percent this year.

I was fascinated by the finding that students who more frequently use social media are more likely to support people’s right to express unpopular opinions. Among those who use social media more than once a day, 62 percent support other people’s rights to express unpopular opinions compared to 54 percent who use it just once a day or several times a week and 49 percent of youth who use social media weekly or less often. More than 7 in 10 students who read news online more than once a day support other people’s right of speech, compared to 53 percent of those who read online news weekly.

Of course, correlations don’t prove causation. There could be other factors at play, but the fact that social media use does correlate to first amendment support is encouraging, considering how many young people are using social media.

The study looked at such issues as free speech, surveillance and privacy. There is also a correlation between studying about First Amendment rights and support for free speech. Since 2004, the percentage of students who say they have taken First Amendment classes increased from 58 percent to 70 percent, according to the report.

In an interview, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, said that interviews with journalism faculty confirmed that “what’s really important is news and media digital literacy being taught more significantly in high school. Just mentioning the First Amendment in a social studies class isn’t’ enough.” He said that “the flip side of freedom and responsibility is that you need to not ban digital media but actually teach students all about digital media in school. How to create it, how to navigate it and how to use it.”

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Talking Money As Speech
Ted Cruz says money as free speech or ban Saturday Night Live. Talk from $100 bills in this extended version.

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Penn State YAF Tables In A 'Free Speech Zone'
Penn State YAF Chapter took to a designated “free speech zone” on campus to hand out constitutions on Constitution Day. They also were informing students of the ridiculous speech code policies…


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Guy in a Hat and Guy with no Hat
Guy in a Hat and Guy with no Hat talk about free speech. This was made for English class.

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As I have often reported, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) continually fights in the courts and media to protect the free speech rights of students and faculty on college campuses no matter their politics or religion (or absence of any).

However, much remains for FIRE to do to educate students on why and how they are Americans. Earlier this month, that defender of Americas most primal identity warned:

As millions of college students arrive on campus this fall many for the first time few of them realize that nearly 59 percent of our nations colleges maintain policies that clearly and substantially restrict speech protected by the First Amendment.

Too many students will realize that the rights they took for granted as Americans have been denied to them only after they face charges and disciplinary action for speaking their minds (Students Return to Campus Censorship, But Fight Back with FIRE,, Sept. 2).

A particularly startling example of the cult of censorship among many college administrators is a Sept. 5 email message to University of California-Berkeley students, faculty and staff from Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.

He began by noting that it is the 50th anniversary of the extraordinary Free Speech Movement by University of California students, which would have gladdened the hearts of James Madison, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.

But then listen to how this universitys commander-in-chief defined free speech:

We can only exercise our right to free speech insofar as we feel safe and respected in doing so, and this in turn requires that people treat each other with civility …

Insofar as we wish to honor the ideal of Free Speech, therefore, we should do so by exercising it graciously. This is true not just of political speech on Sproul Plaza (on campus), but also in our everyday interactions with each other in the classroom, in the office, and in the lab.

In other words: Be polite, or shut up.

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