For many students, that culture remains their reality. Not every school is Berkeley, but students whose views deviate from progressive dogma grapple on a daily basis with their right to free speech, especially at public institutions.
In the hopes of providing those students with another resource, a new Washington-based group aimed at supporting free speech on campuses is set to launch Wednesday. Speech First says it plans to bring a broad coalition of “students, parents, faculty, alumni, and concerned citizens” together as a membership organization targeted at First Amendment concerns in higher education. Under the direction of president Nicole Neily, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, Speech First’s mission is “to support students who seek to protect their rights to free speech, expression, or association.”