Trump's campus speech order squelches 'free and open debate'

Trump's campus speech order squelches 'free and open debate'

At Palestine Legal, we are all too familiar with the suppression of free speech on campus. Advocacy on behalf of students and scholars who have been silenced because of their support for Palestinian rights makes up the vast majority of our caseload. We have seen universities cancel classes, censor speakers, and ban student groups because they disagreed with their views. Because we experience every day the importance of free speech protections to safeguard dissenting views, we are deeply concerned by Trump’s new order.

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Dima Khalidi in the Washington Post, Politico and Inside Higher Ed

Dima Khalidi in the Washington Post, Politico and Inside Higher Ed

“Marcus is sending a clear signal that attacking free speech for Palestinian rights is at the top of his agenda.”

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Statement on Muslim Ban

Statement on Muslim Ban

Today’s decision willfully ignores the anti-Muslim bias of the Trump administration and leaves the president unchecked in cruelly wielding immigration policy to score political points with his base.

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Dima Khalidi in The Nation

Dima Khalidi in The Nation

"Kenneth Marcus has a history of opposing affirmative action and attacking the First Amendment rights of Israel critics."

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Marcus’ Ideological Alignment with Trump

Marcus’ Ideological Alignment with Trump

At a time when bigotry and harassment targeting marginalized students is on the rise, students need and deserve a civil rights champion in the DOE. Kenneth Marcus is not that person.
 

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Kenneth Marcus’ Anti-Free Speech, Anti-Civil Rights Record

Kenneth Marcus’ Anti-Free Speech, Anti-Civil Rights Record

President Trump nominated Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. The following fact sheet provides background on Marcus, and explains why his appointment would threaten fundamental rights at our nation's campuses. 

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Rahul Saksena in In These Times

Rahul Saksena in In These Times

Biss’ decision is the latest sign that, even among self-described progressive politicians, support for Palestinian rights remains taboo.

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