Rights in the News: FIRE’s First Amendment Efforts Vindicated at Tarrant County College, Rewarded by Ford Hall Forum

March 19, 2010

As I wrote earlier in the week, word has already spread about FIRE’s victory for free speech at Tarrant County College, which put an end to a lengthy battle over its students’ right to hold an "empty holster" protest. The Star-Telegram and a local CBS affiliate were there reporting on this landmark FIRE victory, among others (including Phi Beta ConsJohn J. Miller). Read my earlier post for more on that news, and visit our case page for the full story on this important win and the lengths to which TCC went to squelch the First Amendment.

Struggles like the one FIRE encountered at TCCwhich spanned two years or, put another way, nearly a fifth of FIRE’s existencemake our being honored with the Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award all the more rewarding, especially given the company we keep as an honoree. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read Harvey’s speech from last night’s ceremony about FIRE’s ten-year battle to change the hearts and minds of our nation’s college students, faculty, and administrators.

While on that topic, you can hardly find a better example of changing hearts and minds than Cal Poly student Will Taylor, who was won over by Adam’s recent lecture at his university, and writes about it in the Mustang Daily here.