Freedom of Speech is Under Threat
Free speech in modern America is under threat. Nowhere is this more true than on college campuses. The University of California was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. The University of California Free Speech Alliance (UCSFA) carries forth this proud inheritance. We invite alumni, faculty, administrators, and students to join us in making speech on campuses as free and open as it is in our own everyday lives: an absolute right to lawful freedom of expression.
Stand-Up for Your Right to Free Speech
The University of California Free Speech Alliance (UCSFA) works with the Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA), American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), Cal's Faculty Freedom Caucus, and The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression's (FIRE). Join us. We will never sell or share your information with anyone.
UCSFA is not affiliated with the UC System, the University of California at Berkeley, or FSM-A.org.
Advocate for Change
The University of California Free Speech Alliance is pleased to announce a major AFSA initiative to protect free speech. AFSA is filing an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) urging the US Supreme Court to review an egregious ruling in which an appeals court ruled that "Bias Incident Response Teams" do not chill speech. Contact us to review this brief and join this effort by signing the brief.
The brief will focus on how universities are using student surveillance software to collect and record bias complaints that will remain in the record system without verification, ready to show up whenever an administrator wishes to investigate a particular student. AFSA members have already been working on this problem outside of the legal system, compiling materials students can use to question what their institution is doing and to ask it for their individual files.
AFSA groups have been widely successful at advocating for free speech on and off campus. Alumni at Davidson pressured faculty to affirm a Freedom of Expression statement. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Free Speech Alliance (MFSA) hosted a civil debate regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies, just a few years after Dorian Abbot, a Professor at the University of Chicago who opposed DEI, was uninvited from the campus due to his views. The University of North Carolina the Board of Governors approved a ban on compelled political speech. In February 2023, UNC trustees voted unanimously to establish the School of Civic Life and Leadership.
The Threat to Freedom of Expression at American Universities
It's at Cal, too....
National Perceptions of Free Speech at Cal
Chancellor Christ's Response
Bias Response Teams at Cal
Prior Restraint & the Chilling of Freedom of Expression
Compelled Speech: What is DEI?
The Threshold for Tenure, Not a Piece of the Pie
How much does it cost?
It’s free to join!
How can I help?
You decide. Our leadership group may need your talents. Contact us at oskibandwalker at gmail dot com. We need social media influencers. Internships are available. Paid positions will come when legal formation is complete and we can accept donations. Subscribe to our newsletter to hear more about our work.
I'm not an alum. Can I still join?
Yes! Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and other community stakeholders can join.
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
American Free Speech Alliance
Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression
Baxter Liberty Initiative
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