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Here is where we stand:
Ana Mari Cauce has publicly said she is looking into banning school funds from going to this event. However, this isn't far enough. The RSO College Republicans at the University of Washington are talking about charging admission, and reactionary supporters from around the region are planning on attending. We can't allow this to happen anywhere on our campus! We don't feel safe with this guy or his supporters advocating for violence on our campus.
We felt that it was important to share some talking points, because there are common misconceptions about what qualifies as "free speech":
It is illegal to make verbal threats to people's wellbeing in the US:
"The Supreme Court has cited three “reasons why threats of violence are outside the First Amendment”: 'protecting individuals from the fear of violence, from the disruption that fear engenders, and from the possibility that the threatened violence will occur.”
Milo Yiannopolous' rhetoric is comprised of threats towards minority groups, women, and progressives.
Many countries heralded as bastions of freedom outright ban hate speech. This includes countries such as Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, and Canada.
Free speech simply means that a government protects a person's right to say what they want (so long as it doesn't threaten people - which this does). Free speech laws do not protect their right to say it wherever they want. We are saying "not here". The campus has the ability to do this.
People need to feel safe on campus. Having an administration which allows people who advocate for violence and intolerance to speak on our campus is unacceptable. If Ana Mari Cauce really stands for tolerance, freedom to live without fear, and progressive politics, we hope she will do more than just not allow school funds to go to this event, and will instead say "not in our names, not on our campus!"
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