More Speech Zones in CA
Months after Southwestern College in California received national criticism for suspending three professors that spoke outside the campuses “free speech patio,” Peralta Community College is considering adopting new restrictions on campus speech.
Though the speech policy is not finalized, the proposal would severely limit the places speakers can speak, would require they reserve space three business days in advance, would ban obscenity, profanity and amplification and would require that all notices on bulletin boards have an English translation. It would also prohibit “disruptive behavior” and “open and persistent defiance of the authority of college employees.”
The college administration argues the policy is necessary because of problems with an anti-abortion group that carries video cameras and post photographs of aborted fetuses.
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