Are the First Amendment rights of right wing provocateurs spewing hate speech on college campuses more important than those of students who speak up to disagree?
Should faculty at University of Wisconsin schools be prohibited from doing research or offering their expertise on issues?
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and far right-wing state Rep. Jesse Kremer think so, and that’s why we’re asking for your help today. Tell your state legislators you oppose Assembly Bill 299.
The authors of Assembly Bill 299 claim the bill protects free speech, but in reality they threaten students with punishment, including potentially expulsion, if they do not stay quiet in the face of hate speech.
They could even punish faculty for taking positions on controversial issues of the day.
Colleges and universities are places for vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas. But state legislators are wrong to threaten students and faculty with sanctions to make safe spaces for racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.
The First Amendment rights of right-wing provocateurs spewing hate speech on college campuses are NOT more important than those of students who speak up to disagree.
Faculty at University of Wisconsin schools should NOT be prohibited from doing research or offering their expertise on issues.
I urge you to oppose Assembly Bill 299.