UC Berkeley has banned Ann Coulter from speaking on campus citing security threats.
According to Young America’s Foundation, student organizers of an upcoming Ann Coulter event at the university were emailed by Berkeley administrators who claimed they were unable to “find a safe suitable venue” for Coulter.
Young America’s Foundation, BridgeCal and Berkeley College Republicans have been working together to produce a lecture at UC-Berkeley on April 27, 2017 by Coulter.
Coulter had agreed to all Berkely demands to ensure safety and requested two of her own:
1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
Coulter explained, “If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it.”
The university’s response was to ban her speech.
Young America’s Foundation says they will hold the speech anyway.
The venue remains unknown at this time.
Officials at the University of California at Berkeley reversed their decision to cancel the Coulter speech.
The university said it had found a venue where it could hold the speech on May 2, instead of the original April 27 date. However, a leader of the college Republican group that originally invited Coulter said the university was placing strict conditions on the event, and he said his group intended to reject the new terms.
(via The Washington Post)