Posted by Tina
The Young Americas Foundation and the UC Berkeley College Republicans filed a civil rights lawsuit against UC Berkley a year ago alleging, “…bias in the process of bringing high-profile speakers to campus.” The lawsuit came about after conservative speaker Anne Coulter’s speech was cancelled and was later ammended when UC Berkely threw up unreasonable roadblocks for Ben Shapiro’s appearance. YAF and the UC Berkley College Republicans won:
The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest backing the campus conservatives. The crux of their argument revolved around two campus policies that they claim violate students’ First and 14th Amendment rights: an unspoken “High-Profile Speaker Policy” and an on-the-books ” Major Events Policy.”
“This Department of Justice will not stand by idly while public universities violate students’ constitutional rights,” Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said at the time.
In the settlement, UC Berkeley agreed to the following terms set by YAF:
Pay YAF $70,000.
Rescind the unconstitutional “High-Profile Speaker Policy.”
Rescind the viewpoint-discriminatory security fee policy.
Abolish its heckler’s veto — protesters will no longer be able to shut down conservative expression.
Under these terms, UC Berkeley will no longer be allowed to place a 3 p.m. curfew on conservative events or relegate conservative speakers to remote or inconvenient lecture halls on campus while giving left-leaning speakers access to preferred parts of campus.
Yes! Winning!! The people, in this case young people, are standing up for basic American values and rights. Awesome!