Going Through FIRE to Protect Our Rights: College Students Feel Heat on Campus Over Free-Speech Issues

April 20, 2015

By Editorial Staff at The Augusta Chronicle

Young people are the future. It stands to reason, then, that they must understand their freedoms if freedoms are to endure into the future.

Enter FIRE.

The nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (www.thefire.org) helps protect students’ rights, particularly their First Amendment right to free speech.

Unless you’ve followed FIRE, you’d be amazed at how much those basic rights are under assault today on American college campuses – which, in the 1960s, actually came to symbolize free speech.

Like many college administrations, officials at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, not only set up a small “free speech zone” – as if our rights can be hemmed in like that – but also felt free to require a student, Nicolas Tomas, to get a permit and wear a badge to hand out written material...

Schools: Modesto Junior College Citrus College California State Polytechnic University – Pomona Cases: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project Citrus College – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit Modesto Junior College: Students Barred from Distributing Constitutions on Constitution Day