New Video Highlights Free Speech Troubles at Southwestern College

January 7, 2010

A short new video from San Diego-area artist Katherine Sweetman offers a nice snapshot of the free speech troubles that have plagued Southwestern College for the last two months, attracting widespread media attention, public outrage, and the intervention of FIRE and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

In Sweetman’s video, SWC English Professor and faculty union president Phil Lopez—who taught his first class at Southwestern College in 1973—discusses the October 22 rally that ultimately led to his unjustified suspension, along with three other faculty members:

The video is also online at the blog Save our Southwestern College. Torch readers should visit our case page for more coverage of Southwestern College’s disregard for faculty rights as well as its awful "free speech patio."

Schools:  Southwestern College

Cases:  Southwestern College: Professors Banned from Campus after Students Stray Beyond ‘Free Speech Patio’