Free Speech

The Case For Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel

By Omar Ali* It must be emphasized that disagreeing with our government’s position on the Middle East, should be considered as a sincere effort to correct a policy, which has proved unworkable and brought untold sufferings to the Palestinians, and to certain extent to the Israelis, as well as the region as a whole. Immediately … Continue reading The Case For Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel

SJP West Letter To Janet Napolitano

Join a growing list of signatories asking President Napolitano to reject the proposal before UC Regents to adopt the State Department’s redefinition of anti-Semitism. It is a fundamental skill of higher learning to critique. Critiquing national policy, including policies of the state of Israel, is not anti-Semitic. Censoring critique; however, is anti-education. Please read and … Continue reading SJP West Letter To Janet Napolitano

New Group Seeks To Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists

A secretive new organization called Canary Mission has established a slick website intended to identify pro-Palestinian activists on American college campuses and prevent them from getting jobs, The Forward reports. The group’s website profiles more than 50 students, recent graduates, and faculty members whom it denounces as “anti-freedom, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.” The group says it … Continue reading New Group Seeks To Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists

The Betrayal of Student Activism?

The University of California, Santa Cruz, was established in 1965 and has long been known for its radicalism. But officials’ reaction to a recent protest against tuition hikes suggests that times have changed. Santa Cruz is a sleepy college town nestled at the base of a mountain range on California’s Central Coast. Recently, the city, … Continue reading The Betrayal of Student Activism?

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

IJAN Opposes SCR 35 On April 29th, the California Senate will vote on SCR 35, dubbed the "Anti-Semitism" bill. This bill would "condemn any act of anti-Semitism augmenting education programs at all publicly funded schools in the State of California." On it's surface, this bill may seem inocuous. However, it is a part of a … Continue reading International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

Criticizing Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism

Many black, Arab, gay and other students who experience daily acts of racist violence and blatant discrimination will be aghast at Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s opening declaration in a recent Viewpoints article (“Jewish students need more protection on California campuses,” April 10) that “Jewish students are the single most vulnerable minority” at the state’s universities. As a … Continue reading Criticizing Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism

Salaita Sues Donors For ‘Injecting’ Themselves Into U Of Illinois Decision, Threatening To Withhold Gifts Unless He Was Fired

In a suit against the administration of the University of Illinois seeking his reinstatement as a professor at the school, scholar Steven Salaita also sued unnamed “John Doe donors” of the university for “injecting” themselves into the university hiring process and threatening “future donations” unless he was fired last summer because of the outspoken tweets … Continue reading Salaita Sues Donors For ‘Injecting’ Themselves Into U Of Illinois Decision, Threatening To Withhold Gifts Unless He Was Fired

Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

"A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death." ~ Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The end of Literacy and the … Continue reading Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

Enter The CIA Torture Report Into The Congressional Record

Sign the petition: Enter the CIA torture report into the Congressional Record The Senate Intelligence Committee's "torture report" is expected to detail shocking abuse of prisoners at the hands of the CIA during the Bush administration, and even possible CIA lying to Congress. But seven months after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted overwhelmingly to release … Continue reading Enter The CIA Torture Report Into The Congressional Record

We Demand Corrective Action On The Scandalous Firing Of Palestinian-American Professor, Dr. Steven Salaita

Take Action Today! Make A Stand Against Racism and Academic Freedom and Free Speech! Join others in signing the Change.org petition. This petition will be delivered to: Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Phyllis M. Wise Department of American Indian Studies (UIUC) Robert Warrior The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just severed their … Continue reading We Demand Corrective Action On The Scandalous Firing Of Palestinian-American Professor, Dr. Steven Salaita