Speech First, a new membership association dedicated to protecting college students’ right to free speech, officially launched on Wednesday. The organization’s mission is to support students who seek to protect their rights to free speech, expression, or association by aiding them on campus, in the courts, and in the media.To this end, Speech First is creating a network of individuals – “students, parents, faculty, alumni, and concerned citizens from across the country” – who are “dedicated to protecting the free-speech rights of students on campus,” according to a press release.
By creating a membership organization, Speech First will represent a collective body of free speech enthusiasts who can support students fighting a massive campus bureaucracy.“When students’ speech rights on campus are violated, it’s tough to fight back. A lone student doesn’t stand a chance against a school with a huge endowment and an army of lawyers. It’s a real David versus Goliath situation. That’s why Speech First was created,” Nicole Neily, president of Speech First, told Red Alert Politics.