On March 24th, Wisconsin students, teachers and activists marched to the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest violence in schools and communities. Wisconsin student organizers spoke along with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D). “At least 10 Wisconsin schools have had shooting threats in the last month.
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin has become the latest university system to officially affirm the right to free speech and academic freedom for all students amid concerns that academia is trying to protect students from being offended by classroom lectures and discussions.
The system’s Board of Regents voted 16 to 2 on Friday to adopt a resolution stating that the university should not shield people from ideas or opinions they find unwelcome or offensive.
“These are not just pretty words we are going to put in a brass plaque,” said a regent, José Delgado. “You’ve got to be able to listen hard, even if it hurts.”
Civil rights advocates are concerned that universities are trying to limit free speech to protect students from feeling offended. Civil liberties supporters have also raised concerns over the use of “trigger warnings” to alert students about uncomfortable course content. On some campuses, groups have demonstrated against or canceled appearances by contentious speakers.
I’m puzzling over what’s supposed to be bad here. What’s wrong with political activity in support of an ideology and what’s wrong with trying to take down politicians you oppose instead of looking for politicians to boost? Is it that the political group is able to raise funds for itself and keep its operation going rather than to use the money to get people elected? Isn’t this kind of ideological activity done on both the left and the right? The only problem I can detect — and this isn’t in the article — is that it works best at the political extremes: moderates and realists can’t use it.
Hans von Spakovsky is the manager of the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative. He studies and writes on elections issues such as campaign finance restrictions along with voter fraud and voter ID issues. He is the co-author of the book “Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote At Risk.” Before joining Heritage, von Spakovsky was responsible for enforcing campaign finance laws as a member of the Federal Election Commission.
“It’s not a professor’s job to be a cheerleader for their institution, argues a blog post on the magazine website of the American Association of University Professors. ‘First, the assertion that academic freedom “requires responsible behavior” is wrong,’ says “The Academe Blog” post about the controversy swelling around University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Sara Goldrick-Rab and…
“The lawyer representing six protesters who won a combined $44,830 in damages from the State of Wisconsin earlier this week says the total cost for unconstitutional arrests and fines handed out by Capitol Police since 2011 could ultimately run over $1 million. Attorney Jeff Scott Olson said that all of the protesters arrested under a…
“Six more citizens won another free speech case against the Scott Walker administration who decided to close off the state Capitol to speech critical of Republicans after Walker infamously began publicly pursuing policies on which Walker refused to campaign. This case in Dane County Court follows other civil rights victories against Walker’s Dept of Administration…
Residents in Wood and Adams counties in central Wisconsin working to halt a massively polluting proposed industrial dairy operation, a CAFO, are crime victims being met by a new spate of theft, criminal destruction, intimidation and a possible cyber attack on a home in the Town of Saratoga. (Madden, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune) Via Homes…
Via Eugene Volokh thinks the Madison, Wisconsin school board is violating the First Amendment… @ Althouse.
Via “If prosecuting politically unpopular speech becomes the ‘new normal,’ you can bet this tactic will be embraced by both parties” @ Althouse.
PRESS CONFERENCE & MARCH: Stand With Tony “Terrell” Robinson’s Family, Following the D.A. Announcement facebook link Tuesday MAY 12, 4PM 1202 Williamson St. Via #TonyRobinson MADISON TUES.: DA announcement, press conference, march WEDNESDAY.: Black-OUT, Willy St. Co-op Closed @ blue cheddar.
Via Marquette and Kirsten Powers – ‘The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech’ @ FREEDOM EDEN.
Via Yet More Feminist Nonesense: Trigger Warnings @ Marquette Warrior.
There’s this thing about a free society. Chances are, you’re going to be offended. Not all people will show you the respect you would like. Your religious beliefs will be dismissed and mocked. What do you do? You certainly don’t act out violently. Via Muhammad Cartoon Contest and ‘Piss Christ’ @ FREEDOM EDEN.
More students reach the steps of the Capitol. #TonyRobinson pic.twitter.com/RQV2Al1Tx5 — Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) March 9, 2015
I think this is the kind of thing professors should simply ignore. There’s meaningless, mindless chatter out there. Getting mad or hurt about it is pointless. It’s like worrying about every last thought that might be rattling about in the students’ head. Chalk it up to freedom and move on. Teach better classes. Count yourself…
“He left. I continued my conversation with the state trooper. Suddenly I felt an officer grab my arms and place me under arrest. They took me downstairs through the old cafeteria and back into the Capitol Police office area.” Via WCMC.
As Republicans rushed through a so-called “Right to Work” bill in the Wisconsin State Senate on Wednesday, some people were removed from the galleries for outbursts but not arrested, while at least two people were taken to an off-site Department of Administration processing facility and made to find their own way back to the State…
Via Thou Shalt Not Dissent (McAdams, That Means YOU!!) @ Dad29.
Via MU professor John McAdams says he’s facing termination @ JS School Zone Blog.
Scott Walker’s unconstitutional assault against free speech in the Wisconsin state capitol garnered reactions ranging from apathy to hostility against those exercising speech. Via Apathy Will Doom Wisconsin @ MAL Contends . . ..
Is this a case where the newly-installed President of MU took some seriously flawed advice and pulled the trigger without checking with counsel? Was he so busy carrying on with the Bucks and with Dwayne Wade that he just sorta nodded a vague approval of schmeissing McAdams without due diligence? Or did the decision come…
A Wisconsin appellate court has sustained the First Amendment rights of the civil-rights-movement-singing Wisconsin Solidarity Singers or Solidarity Sing-Along (Facebook). The case is State of Wisconsin v. Michael W. Crute (Appeal No. 2014AP659; Circuit Court No. 2010FO2108). Via Scott Walker Loses, Free Speech Wins in Wisconsin Appellate Court @ MAL Contends . . ..
Via “The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it…” @ Althouse.
In a Facebook post, Delauter slammed reporter Bethany Rodgers of the Fredericks News-Post “for an unauthorized use of my name and my reference” in an article over the weekend. “So let me be clear,” he continued, apparently addressing Rodgers, “do not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an unauthorized…
The Right Scoop on Twitter Marquette university professor “relieved of his teaching duties” over gay rights debate http://t.co/bVZArmFznN
Via “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all fucking people…. we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane” @ Althouse.
Walker’s comment was hugely unwise, because it baits citizens, priming them to expect trouble — which it indirectly now might cause. It’s scary to contemplate that the fallout over Hamilton’s death could come to a dangerous physical showdown, most likely if Walker decides to act and not just talk tough. That talk arguably was aimed…
Via Professor suspended after criticizing ethics TA on gay marriage @ JS School Zone Blog.
Via Marquette U. Steps Off the Deep End @ Dad29.
The university is continuing to review your conduct and during this period–and until further notice–you are relieved of all teaching duties and all other faculty activities, including, but not limited to, advising, committee work, faculty meetings and any activity that would involve your interaction with Marquette students, faculty and staff. Should any academic appeals arise…