Young American for Liberty inform students about free speech rights
- Sep. 20, 2011
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The student organization, Young Americans for Liberty spoke out about free speech restrictions Tuesday, in front of Watson library. They set up tables and had a ‘Free Speech Wall’ where student’s were able to write what ever they felt, without repercussion.
250 constitution pamphlets were passed out to passers by, to inform them of free speech restrictions on the KU campus.
Tabitha Marcotte, a junior Anthropology major said, “KU could take away the policies of restricting chalking, tabling and putting up flyers in the dorms. I think that would be a huge step.”
Some of the other restrictions the hope to eliminate are the free speech zones on campus.
Anthony Orwick, a freshmen from Leawood Kansas said, “We are trying to promote the activism and the education of individuals. We want to change the ideas that the campus doesn’t have.” He says that KU has no right to tell where a student can or cannot speak. The constitutions they were passing out were hoped to bring students to that realization.
Young Americans for Liberty are working with members to have more events in the upcoming months to raise awareness of free speech rights. “Those rights are guaranteed to you by the first Amendment no matter what you say,” said Orwick.