UC Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Over Protest Concerns

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20 April, 2017

On Wednesday, administrators at the notoriously liberal University of California, Berkeley cancelled a planned lectured by controversial author Ann Coulter.

Coulter had been invited to campus by two student groups, and was scheduled to appear at UC Berkeley on April 27.

Mogulof said campus police had learned that some of the groups that took part in those clashes 'planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus'.

Coulter is slated to at the Stanislaus County Republican Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser at Modesto Center Plaza on April 28.

Spencer Brown, spokesman for the Young America's Foundation, which is paying $17,000 of Coulter's $20,000 fee, said her speech will happen "whether Berkeley likes it or not", notes the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to the letter, the school's administration did not learn of Coulter's planned speech from the College Republicans, but through newspaper reports of the event. When I said, 'yes, yes, yes, ' they canceled anyway.

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In an email sent to students Wednesday, UC-Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell explained that the university had to scrap the event because they couldn't provide a "safe and suitable venue".

"I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY", the right-wing commentator tweeted, calling the move to cancel her planned event on April 27 a ban on free speech.

The Washington Post quoted Coulter as saying that the university had tried to pressure her to cancel her speech by "imposing ridiculous demands" and that she had agreed to all their "silly" requirements. The hard-right polemicist is unfettered though, and says her speech will go on with or without government permission.

'I feel like the Constitution is important and that taxpayer-supported universities should not be using public funds to violate American citizens´ constitutional rights'.

"It has nothing to do with anyone's political views". This includes the safety and security of invited speakers, of those who attend such events, of our community neighbors, and of those who choose to exercise their own First Amendment rights by lawfully protesting the presence of speakers with whom they disagree. In their letter, university officials also partly blamed the college Republican group for inviting Coulter and setting a date for the event - April 27 - without consulting the university. "But we also have an unqualified focus on safety of our students", said University spokesman Dan Mogulof, according to the Post.

And on Tuesday at Auburn University in Alabama, three people were arrested amid protests and a fistfight that occurred over a speech by self-proclaimed white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. We are going to need help with big guys at the doors checking student IDs.


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