Under Pressure from Police, Parole Board Stops Levasseur from Speaking at UMass Amherst

By |2020-01-03T13:36:19-05:00November 12th, 2009|Blog|

After being dis-invited upon pressure from Governor Deval Patrick and then re-invited by a faculty group, Ray Luc Levasseur is now stopped from speaking at The University of Massachusetts - Amherst because his parole board refused to let him leave Maine. The parole board has not given any reasons for this decision, but two facts make us suspect it was [...]

The AETA 4: If this is terrorism, then what isn’t?

By |2020-01-03T13:34:16-05:00August 10th, 2009|Blog|

While Congress has been busy protecting animals from cruelty at the expense of the First Amendment (See U.S. v Stevens) elsewhere it has been legislating away the First Amendment rights of animal cruelty protesters to protect corporate profits.  Last month, a federal court in Northern California heard oral arguments on a motion to dismiss in United States v. Buddenberg, the [...]

Caving to the fears: schools cancel Bill Ayers visits

By |2016-01-14T15:48:14-05:00April 2nd, 2009|Blog|

A Naperville, Illinois, school has canceled a speech by Bill Ayers, a professor of education, because of objections to his association with the Weather Underground 30 years ago. Ayers was scheduled to talk about his field, urban education, to a high school social studies class. All the students had parental permission to hear him speak. Word of his appearance leaked [...]

A false dichotomy: Peter Schmidt argues ideological exclusion may have protected us from terrorists

By |2019-03-07T22:40:37-05:00March 20th, 2009|Blog|

In an article published today in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Peter Schmidt responds to the call to stop ideological exclusion, the denial of visa to foreign scholars, writers, etc. based on their political positions. In this article, "Obama Must Tread Fine Line on Scholars Barred From the U.S. for Their Views," Schmidt warns that stopping this exclusion entirely may [...]

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