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Old 07-20-2017, 01:43 PM
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Here we go again. This time it's a Ben Shapiro invitation scheduled for September requesting a 500 seat venue. Could the issue be the accommodation of Antifa?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/be...rticle/2629170

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After a spring marked by controversies involving free speech rights, the University of California, Berkeley has blocked a student-led effort to host popular conservative author Ben Shapiro for a campus lecture this fall.

In a statement sent to the Washington Examiner on Wednesday evening, Young America's Foundation announced that administrators informed the Berkeley College Republicans in an email this week they were "unable to identify an available campus venue" to host the lecture, which was slated for Sept. 14. The administrators, identified by YAF as Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell and Student Organization Coordinator Millicent Morris Chaney, claimed the lecture was spiked "despite extensive efforts."

"Ben Shapiro is welcome on our campus, and we are committed to supporting his, and your, rights to free speech," the administrators contended in their message to students, which was sent Tuesday.
YAF is skeptical.

"Berkeley's inability to find a lecture hall more than two months in advance is laughable," the Foundation declared in its statement, noting the university's insistence that it can only host Shapiro "when events are held at a time and location that allow for the provision of any required security measures."

YAF argues these restrictions are no different than those the university levied earlier this year to block a lecture by Ann Coulter; the Foundation was set to sponsor and organize that event along with the Berkeley College Republicans. Both groups are currently suing the school for violating their First Amendment rights.
"An endless stream of liberal speakers continue to be granted opportunities to speak, unobstructed by time, place, or manner restrictions while conservatives are continually treated unequally, and repeatedly relegated to the margins of campus activity," YAF explained in the statement.

In addition to the Coulter controversy, Berkeley erupted in violent protests over an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos last February, forcing the school into a lockdown after rioters started fires, smashed windows, and attacked the College Republicans.

Shapiro and YAF are longtime partners on campus lectures. The author and commentator, a widely respected voice in conservative circles, is a frequent target of protests from liberal students who seek to censor his events.

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.
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noting the university's insistence that it can only host Shapiro "when events are held at a time and location that allow for the provision of any required security measures."
Which is every February 30th...
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Has Berkeley now reversed its' decision? That's the report. I guess the event is theoretically going to happen and the college is theoretically going to pay for it. We'll see. Suggestion to the Berkeley police. No masks allowed by protestors.


http://www.dailywire.com/news/18835/...ver-daily-wire

On Thursday afternoon, after significant public attention to its initial statements that facilities would not be available on September 14 to host Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, the University of California, Berkeley administration announced in the press that they would not only facilitate the event moving forward, but would cover all necessary security fees.

As of 1:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, Berkeley had not reached out to Young America’s Foundation, the sponsors of the event.
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Wait a minute, why is a state university paying for his speaking security fees? Did the school invite him?
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Wait a minute, why is a state university paying for his speaking security fees? Did the school invite him?
Universities (usually) have blocks of money for people that are invited by college clubs (in this case, the Young America's Foundation)...They can also use their own cash (made through fundraisers) to cough up the money themselves...The college facilities are used...

This is SUPPOSED to be fair across the board for all clubs, but (obviously)that doesn't happen in the "free speech for some" universities...

What's being used is the Heckler's Veto...This is a situation where the Left (either explicitly or through hints) says to the administration, "If that speaker is allowed to actually use the first amendment, we will riot and destroy things!!!!!"...

The administrators responded with, "OK...We'll shut down free speech to prevent the violence and destruction. Please don't hurt us!"...
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Shapiro could easily fill an auditorium much larger than 500. I hope Berkeley keeps their word and facilitates this event. Ben will be at Politicon at the end of this month where he'll debate TYT's Cenk Uygur.
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Wait a minute, why is a state university paying for his speaking security fees? Did the school invite him?

I believe the YAF is the sponsor which means that they'll pay some or all of the speaker's fee and expenses. YAF was also sponsoring Coulter. The school would provide the venue and security.
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Wait a minute, why is a state university paying for his speaking security fees? Did the school invite him?
The university provides security on its campus it is part of operations. Universities ate.supposed to be bastons of.free.speech, impossible if Leftist thugs can attack violently to shut down speech.
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Berkeley has offered Zellerbach or Alumnae Hall. Better choice seems to be Zellerbach with 2689 capacity. They are suppose to meet with the Berkeley Republicans to work out the details but request that no lawyers come along. I think there is a lawsuit ongoing from the cancelled Ann Coulter event.

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After coming under public pressure for giving the College Republicans the runaround on a venue for a scheduled event featuring Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, the University of California Berkeley announced on Thursday that they had found some "workable options" for hosting the conservative author and speaker. On Friday, the university finally reached out to the College Republicans to present two venue options for the Sept. 14 event.

An email from the Berkeley administration sent to the College Republicans on Friday detailed two "workable options" they had found for the event. The administration said that while one of the venues, Zellerbach, is currently undergoing some floor restoration, "in light of the unique circumstances of this event," they were offering it as location for Shapiro's appearance. The other option is Alumnae Hall in the Anna Head Complex.
The email also addresses the continued legal tension between the administration and BCR, asking the group not to bring their legal counsel to the proposed security meeting for the event, expressing a concern that "the presence of each side's litigation counsel will not promote a productive discussion." If BCR stands by its plan to bring its legal counsel, the university said it would prefer to "conduct further business in writing."
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BAMN activist, Yvette Felarca, was arrested on assault and rioting charges last week but is now out on bond. She was very active in the Berkeley area advocating violence and militancy. You might remember that she was a guest on Tucker Carlson Tonight discussing the Milo riots at Berkeley.



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