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Activism planned to challenge university speech codes


On Oct. 19, The University of Southern Mississippi’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty plans to launch its Fight for Free Speech campaign.

The campaign is a movement designed to respect students’ fundamental rights and to reform free speech codes by challenging speech codes that they find unconstitutional.

“There is a dangerous trend on college campuses right now that speech should be censored if someone doesn’t agree or it hurts someone’s feelings,” said USM Chapter President Chase Wilson. “Our YAL chapter believes the free flow of ideas is vital to a healthy academic environment, and we’re here to combat these authoritarian voices.”

In the Spring of 2016, nearly 300 chapters at campuses nationwide engaged in this coordinated campaign to defend every student’s right to Free Speech.

YAL’s Director of Free Speech Alexander Staudt said, “This issue affects all students – conservatives, liberals, libertarians, blacks, Latinos, Asians, whites and everyone else in between. It puts a choke hold on the exploration of ideas, which is the hallmark of intellectual growth for our nation’s future leaders – we must unite to protect speech for all.”

The University of Southern Mississippi currently has speech codes that prohibit expression outside of its designated “free speech zone.” In an effort to show their disagreement with the university’s free speech zone, the Young Americans for Liberty chapter plans on exercising their first amendment rights outside of the zone on Oct. 19.

For more information about USM’s Young Americans for Liberty Chapter, contact them at southernmiss.yal@gmail.com. To learn more about YAL and its activism across the country, visit www.yaliberty.org.


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