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UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons

20 April 2017

In a letter to the Berkeley College Republicans, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton said the university will work with the group to find an alternative time and date for often-provocative Coulter to speak at Berkeley.

"Young America's Foundation, BridgeCal and Berkeley College Republicans have been working together to produce a lecture at UC-Berkeley on April 27, 2017, by Ann Coulter, a twelve-time bestselling author, whose book, 'Adios, America!' - a No. 2 New York Times bestseller - is widely credited with shaping President Donald Trump's immigration views", announced Young America's Foundation in a press release, Wednesday. Called their bluff & they canceled anyway, ' Coulter tweeted.

We all know what's being planned and failure to take the following 2 basic steps is PROOF that they have no intention of ever allowing conservative speakers on the Berkeley campus. Through YAF, she has been negotiating with the university for days, trying to ensure a safe forum for an exchange of ideas with students in a question and answer session, after giving a speech.

The recent unrest has put the spotlight on the university, known as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. She said that she agreed with the conditions, but that apparently wasn't good enough.

Coulter says she will speak at Berkeley as planned. We regret this outcome-especially given our unqualified support for our students' right to bring speakers of their choosing to the University, and our deep commitment to the values and principles embedded in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The spokesperson said that the university is looking to reschedule Coulter's speech for sometime in September, and said that police will require the event to end by 3:30 PM in order to protect commuters and students from clashing with any protests.

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Coulter advised Attorney General Jeff Session to look into the matter, since she was "unconstitutionally banned" from speaking.

"If Berkeley wants to have free speech, they are going to get it", Brown said.

That concern was augmented when UC police learned that "some of the groups that appear to be responsible for the violence over the past weekend, as well as in and around the campus on the night of February 1st, planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus".

Members of the student organization could not be reached for comment. "Instructing Berkeley student group to spare no expense in renting my speaking venue". "It's unfortunate that there are people who think the university's efforts to keep students and the speaker herself safe are 'silly'".

But the Virginia-based group Young America's Foundation, on its website Wednesday afternoon, said Coulter's speech would go on, but not at UC Berkeley. Activists on both the left and the right have used the city, and the school, as a symbol for First Amendment rights - and their limitations - in the new political climate.

"Did UCPD's concerns grow in the wake of what happened Saturday?" said Dan Mogulof, a university spokesman.