COUL­TER’S CORNER: YOUNG REPUB­LI­CANS SUE BERKE­LEY

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“If Berke­ley won’t protect its stu­dents rights, Young Amer­ica’s Foun­da­tion will,” pro­claims the con­ser­va­tive youth or­ga­ni­za­tion of the same name, which is mount­ing a law­suit against the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley af­ter the school essen­tially blocked an up­com­ing ap­pear­ance by com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter. Officials launched a se­ries of schedul­ing ma­neu­vers to dis­suade the pop­u­lar au­thor from ap­pear­ing on cam­pus. The young con­ser­va­tives of the “YAF” are pre­pared to strike back.

“Im­pos­ing a cur­few on some high pro­file speak­ers but not oth­ers, forc­ing con­ser­va­tive speak­ers to speak in ob­scure lo­ca­tions at the edge of cam­pus and only dur­ing the mid­dle of the day, and sug­gest­ing Ms. Coul­ter speak at a place and time when there are no classes and stu­dents man­i­festly fails any ob­jec­tive test of fair­ness, ra­tio­nal­ity, or Con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity. Be­cause you refuse to rec­og­nize these truths, our clients are left with no choice but to seek relief in court,” wrote the at­tor­ney Harmeet K. Dhillon in a let­ter to Christopher Patti, Berke­ley’s chief coun­sel.

Ms. Dhillon rep­re­sents the Berke­ley Col­lege Repub­li­cans and filed a law­suit against the cam­pus in U.S. District Court in San Fran­cisco on Mon­day.

“When con­ser­va­tive stu­dents at Berke­ley de­cided to host Ann Coul­ter through Young Amer­ica’s Foun­da­tion’s cam­pus lec­ture pro­gram, the school had plenty of no­tice. But in­stead of mov­ing for­ward with event lo­gis­tics for Coul­ter’s lec­ture, Berke­ley’s ad­min­is­tra­tion chose to play a shell game with con­ser­va­tive stu­dents, only to ul­ti­mately can­cel the event in the eleventh hour,” ex­plains

Spencer Brown, dig­i­tal di­rec­tor for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“It’s un­fath­omable that the univer­sity has ar­bi­trar­ily ap­plied re­stric­tions and treated con­ser­va­tives as sec­ond-class mem­bers of their com­mu­nity with a se­lec­tively-ap­plied cur­few,” Mr. Brown con­tin­ues. “We’ve encouraged Berke­ley to com­mu­ni­cate with Young Amer­ica’s Foun­da­tion or its at­tor­ney to work out a time for Ms. Coul­ter to speak on Thurs­day, yet Berke­ley has un­for­tu­nately ex­hib­ited an un­will­ing­ness to work with con­ser­va­tives, protect the First Amend­ment on cam­pus, or sim­ply have an open di­a­logue. In its in­sis­tence to con­tinue vi­o­lat­ing stu­dents’ rights, Berke­ley has forced our hand. Berke­ley, we’ll see you in court.”

The law­suit “de­mands ap­pro­pri­ate & safe venue for my speech THIS THURS­DAY + dam­ages,” Ms. Coul­ter tweeted Mon­day.

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