COULTER’S CORNER: YOUNG REPUBLICANS SUE BERKELEY
“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.