Cal Poly Pomona Student Sues Over ‘Free Speech Zone’

April 9, 2015

By Beau Yarbrough at LA Daily News

POMONA >> A student is suing Cal Poly Pomona after he was told that political speech on campus could only occur in a tiny “free speech zone.”

Nicolas Tomas, 24, a senior majoring in nutrition, began handing out Vegan Outreach pamphlets advocating the vegan lifestyle and decrying the treatment of farm animals in the fall of 2013.

“I’m passionate about animal rights, and one of the things we do is we advocate for a vegan diet,” he said. “Because there’s no animal products in the diet and that’s one of the major causes of animal exploitation.”

By Tomas’ account, he could give away hundreds of fliers over several hours. Most students with whom he spoke as they entered or left theuniversity’s parking garage had no problem with it, he said. But Tomas often heard from administrators...

Schools: California State Polytechnic University – Pomona Cases: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project