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UMass Amherst Drops Speech Zone Policy After Lawsuit

UMass Amherst Drops Speech Zone Policy After Lawsuit

“The only permission slip students need to speak on campus is the First Amendment.”

Lawsuits seem to be an effective way of getting schools to abandon policies that hinder free speech.

The Daily Caller reports:

UMass-Amherst Spikes Speech Zone Policy After Getting Sued

The University of Massachusetts Amherst spiked a speech zone policy that limited “speeches and rallies” to a one-hour block in a space comprising less than one percent of the campus.

Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) dropped its lawsuit against the school Monday after UMass-Amherst voted to approve a new policy on June 20, according to a press release.

“The only permission slip students need to speak on campus is the First Amendment. UMass-Amherst made the right move by eliminating this unconstitutional limit on student speech,” ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton said in a statement. “A public university is hardly the marketplace of ideas it’s supposed to be when less than one percent of campus is open for only one hour a day. We commend [Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)] and these brave students for taking a stand and causing UMass to remove this speech zone that never should have existed in the first place.”

ADF sued the school in January on behalf of YAL and UMass-Amherst student Nicholas Consolini. The plaintiffs contested that the school’s campus speech policy was unconstitutional, citing its failure to define what constituted a “speech” or “rally,” as well as its allowance for sanctions including expulsion should students violate it.


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Another predictable turn. White regressives have absolutely no understanding of history, and they really think that they will be exempted from the war on whites they have been championing for a decade or more. Those who get a clue when they are attacked are gob-smacked to see that what they have put in motion will not only roll over them but will do so long before going after “the other side.”

That’s what happens, though, in these leftist “revolutions.” Once the narrative is in place, and there is sufficient support, it’s time to control the most dangerous threats to their power grab . . . and these are the most effective and vocal on their own side, the ones who made their rise to power possible in the first place. It’s hard to generate much give a damn, but it’s a good idea to pay attention and to understand where this is all going.