Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley

by Marta Holmes April 20, 2017, 9:15

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.

Coulter was scheduled to speak April 27 at UC Berkeley in an event that was to be co-hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA, the Chronicle reported.

"They just up and announced that I was prohibited from speaking anyway", Coulter said, noting that her speech topic was to be immigration, the subject of one of her books.

Last week, an appearance by conservative writer David Horowitz was also canceled after university police told the campus Republican group that to ensure adequate security, the event would have to be held in the middle of the day and outside the center of campus.

In an email sent to students Wednesday, UC-Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell explained that the university had to scrap the event because they couldn't provide a "safe and suitable venue". But the school, which prides itself on being open to free speech regardless of viewpoint, said the event can not be held on campus because of the potential for violent protests between groups that support Coulter and those that disagree with her.

News organizations obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday. Violent clashes between demonstrators on the far-right and far-left have erupted in Berkeley three times in recent months, including this past Saturday.

They added that they could not guarantee the safety of Coulter or her audience at the proposed speech.

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"Unfortunately, (campus police) determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", according to a letter sent to the student group.

Later, during an appearance on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight, she promised to give the speech despite the university's cancellation. Students organized an outdoor concert in protest with the hashtag #AuburnUnites.

For that reason, when we learned through the newspapers that you had invited Ms. Coulter to speak here on April 27th, we immediately asked UCPD to conduct a comprehensive review of potential sites and security arrangements.

The spokesperson said that the university is looking to reschedule Coulter's speech for sometime in September, and said that police will require the event to end by 3:30 PM in order to protect commuters and students from clashing with any protests.

Coulter complied with all of these demands provided that Oakland police would do their jobs and the University would denounce any violence or disruptions to her speech as intolerable.

The Young America's Foundation said in a statement: "This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only".


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