FIRE Gives Thanks

November 24, 2010

Over the last 11 years, FIRE has helped countless students and faculty members whose rights have been violated and whose speech has been censored. As a unique, nonpartisan advocate fighting a massive and powerful opponent, FIRE works tirelessly to ensure that open discourse and free debate are enjoyed on campus. None of our work would be possible without the generous support of our donors, who are truly vital to our mission.

So, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, it is fitting to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of you. Without your help, millions of students would not be able to enjoy their right to speak freely on campus and to experience the university as it should bea true marketplace of ideas. Their gratitude speaks for itself.

"FIRE’s principled, non-partisan, and unflinching defense of Constitutional rights has made it the most feared defender of students and faculty who find themselves in the crosshairs of college and university administrators and in my mind, the most necessary organization to defend debate, discourse, and dissent on campus in this country at this time. I am sincerely grateful for everything FIRE has done on my behalf and on behalf of millions of students nationwide." Hayden Barnes, student at Valdosta State University

"I can’t say enough good things about FIRE … In short, they were invaluable in my case …" Stephen Kershnar, professor at Fredonia State University

"FIRE’s support is a Godsend!" Sergeant Christian M. DeJohn, student at Temple University

"I can’t thank you enough for the noble work that you do for students regardless of their viewpoint or background." Lance Steiger, student at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

"FIRE is an inspiration to many and continues to be an amazing resource for those interested in liberty around the nation." Students from the Penn Libertarian Association

"… FIRE was amazing … Thank you for your service and tenacity on our behalf."  Law Students Pro-Life Club at Washington University at St. Louis

"The FIRE is both a highly principled and a highly efficient organization and one which I am proud to have had represent me."  Mike Adams, Associate Professor at UNC Wilmington

"FIRE went above and beyond the call of duty by devoting countless hours to advancing our cause…FIRE is a great resource for students who need help in protecting their rights." Students in the Advocates for Conservative Thought, University of Miami

"Until FIRE stepped in on the side of liberty, I felt as if I was standing on the tracks trying to stop a freight train … Not only have you stood up for my right to free speech, but you have done so for all those students who will come after me …" Steven Hinkle, student at Cal Poly

"Thank you to FIRE and thank you to all the FIRE donors who believe that free speech is a constitutional right guaranteed to all Americans wherever they are, even on a college campus." College Republicans at University of California at Irvine

FIRE’s staff joins these individuals in extending our deepest appreciation to all the supporters who make our work possible. If you would like to join this community, you can do so by making a contribution today. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!