Building Walls To Promote Freedom
Dave Killion — February 2, 2013
A recent event –
“January 30, 2013
Last week, students at Carleton University hosted the first campus free speech wall event in the Unicentre Galleria on campus, sponsored by JCCF. Within 24 hours of erecting their display, one student, a member of the Carleton Academic Student Government, vandalized the display and removed it from it’s location in the main atrium. The Carleton Students for Liberty, which hosted the wall event, was not long deterred and quickly rebuilt the Carleton free speech wall, prompting national attention and a campus-wide discussion about the importance of free speech at Canadian universities.”
Partly in response to this occurrence, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create The Great Canadian Free Speech Wall –
“Today the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) launched a new campaign to defend campus free speech. The Great Canadian Free Speech Wall is a project that educates students about campus free speech at Canadian public universities by hosting “free speech wall” events at campuses from coast to coast. By erecting a free speech wall on campus, students can educate their friends and classmates about their rights, encouraging them to share their thoughts and ideas on the wall. Students can discuss the state of free speech on campus, highlighting cases of free speech infringement on their own campus and demanding that university and student union leadership reform their policies and practices to uphold campus free speech. Once free speech walls have been erected from coast to coast, we will bring the walls together in Ottawa to create the Great Canadian Free Speech Wall—a national testament to the importance of campus free speech.”
The state of free speech in Canada is atrocious, and university campuses (being chiefly ‘progressive’ institutions) are particularly malign. That being the case, I’m going to follow up on my New Year’s Resolution by sending $50 to this campaign. I hope you will consider doing likewise.
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