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Over the past two weeks, we’ve been counting down the top five reasons (5, 4, 3, 2) why donating to FIRE this holiday season is a great investment. Today, we’ve reached number one: FIRE is constantly changing the campus culture to one that respects individual thought and expression, and in turn, we are safeguarding the very future of our nation’s... Read more Read more


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A couple of weeks ago, I reported on an e-mail conversation that Gregory Germain, the self-styled "independent prosecutor" in FIRE’s case at Syracuse University College of Law, had with me and with FIRE supporter David Ross. In the case, Germain is prosecuting law student Len Audaer because of satirical expression on an anonymous blog named... Read more Read more


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Right now on Twitter, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and Board Member Virginia Postrel are challenging our supporters through a matching gift campaign. Any donation up to $1,275 that you make to FIRE through Give a Tweet will be doubled by either Greg or Virginia! Just be sure to choose one of them as your "matcher"... Read more Read more


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A blizzard and holiday travel delays could not stop FIRE from fighting for liberty during 2010’s final week. The University of Virginia’s (UVa’s) meteoric ascent from a red-light to green-light institution resurfaced in the news Wednesday when Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post wrote for her blog The Answer Sheet about UVa’s elimination of four... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 30, 2010—Two-thirds of America’s leading colleges and universities—those places most badly in need of open debate and discussion—have speech codes that restrict speech, according to an extensive new study by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). But the tide is turning: over the past 11 years, FIRE has been directly responsible... Read more Read more


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Over the past several days, I’ve been reviewing the ways FIRE has used video to spread our message of liberty in 2010. Our Sweidy Stata Video Fellowship has featured interviews with free speech advocates and victims of administrative overreach and has produced a new series documenting how hot-button issues like gun rights and terrorism are censored on... Read more Read more


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Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post wrote for her blog The Answer Sheet today about the University of Virginia’s (UVa’s) elimination of four policies that had restricted free speech on campus. Torch readers will remember that in November, UVa became the 13th school in FIRE’s Spotlight database to earn a green-light rating, meaning that FIRE is unaware... Read more Read more


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In the past year, with the help of our donors, FIRE has revitalized our strategy for "changing the campus culture" and creating permanent change within our nation’s institutions of higher education. We have focused specifically on an approach aimed at altering the incentive structure for administrators, working with both "carrots" and "sticks" to produce positive... Read more Read more


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Many Torch readers will know that last week FIRE sent out a certified mailing to the presidents and top lawyers at nearly 300 public colleges and universities across the nation. Citing significant legal developments from the past year, FIRE warned that the defense of qualified immunity could no longer be relied upon to shield them... Read more Read more



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