California Senate Hears Student Testimony · 23 April 2004

The California resolution was introduced by State Senator Bill Morrow as Senate Bill 1335 on April 8th. Among the students to testify at the April 21st hearing was John Delaney, co-president of the SAF chapter at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Also present were SAF members from several bay area schools including San Francisco State University and UC-Berkeley. While the number of students to give verbal testimony at the hearings was limited due to time constraints, the California Education Committee also received written testimony from students all across the state. The written testimony will be available on our website over the next couple weeks.

At Georgia Tech, the Georgia College Republicans and Students for Academic Freedom members are fighting back after the School of Public Policy officially distributed propaganda materials for the Revolutionary Worker, a communist organization, in the school's office. The flyer singles out conservative and Christians for attack and urges readers to "Beware the Academic Bill of Rights" claiming that its supporters "aren't interested in intellectual wrangling and they're even less interested in the truth."

Georgia Tech students are fighting back with a press release about this blatant example of partisanship, and are asking college officials to address their concerns about the school's openness to intellectual diversity on the campus. You can read that press release here .

David Horowitz continues his speaking tour of college campuses this week with engagements at Macalester College on April 23rd, Hamilton College on April 27th.

While in Georgia, David's speech at Emory generated a crowd of over 500 students who gave him a standing ovation. He also met with Emory University President James Wagner who committed to making "political diversity" a priority of his administration and with Georgia Tech Dean of Diversity Stephanie Ray who was also sympathetic to the principle of intellectual diversity.

We applaud these university leaders for lending their support to the academic freedom movement and encourage their counterparts at other universities to follow the example they have set. Slowly but surely, we are convincing campus administrators that intellectual diversity is a key component of a university education and must be explicitly protected, not stifled. While this progress is greatly encouraging, the key to our movement remains the resolve of students to stand up for their rights and demand change from their administrations. Without the driving force of students at their tails, university officials will have no incentive to carry out the changes they have promised to put in place.

Please continue to openly petition your campus administrations to change your school's policy on diversity and discrimination to recognize intellectual diversity as a goal of the university's diversity office and to prohibit discrimination based on political beliefs.

It only takes a few moments to modify our sample letter and send it to the appropriate administrator at your university. You can find a copy of the sample letter here and instructions for how to proceed here. Make sure to send me an email to let me know when you have sent the letter. Even if your initial request is refused, the university's response will give you a reason to schedule meetings with the campus administration at which you can reiterate your requests and try to reach a compromise. Thank you all for your efforts. As always, I encourage you to contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas at Sara@studentsforacademicfreedom.org or at 202-969-2467.

Yours in Freedom,

Sara Dogan
National Campus Director
Students for Academic Freedom