Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is teaming up with the Berkeley College Republicans to bring the prominent, conservative speaker Ben Shapiro to the University of California, Berkeley this Fall.
The event will be a part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program, and will take place on September 14, 2017 at the infamously liberal campus.
YAF’s goal is to bring ideological diversity to University of California, Berkeley by sending the notorious conservative to campus.
“Berkeley has a choice: To uphold the the First Amendment rights of all students, or once again cave under pressure from extreme leftists and unconstitutionally censor conservative speech,” said YAF Spokesman Spencer Brown.
“Berkeley administrators would be wise to offer the same platform to Ben Shapiro and the conservative students hosting him that they’ve given the parade of leftist speakers who’ve appeared at Berkeley.”
Shapiro is no stranger to the UC school system. He graduated summa cum laude from University of California Los Angeles at the age of 20.
Shapiro says he is excited to speak to the students and hopes the administration will uphold the Constitution.
“I look forward to speaking to students of all viewpoints at Berkeley,” commented Shapiro. “I expect that the administration will not hide behind the heckler’s veto of despicable groups like Antifa to prevent this event from moving forward. The home of the free speech movement has an obligation to protect free speech.”
Despite numerous postponed and canceled conservative speeches last year, the Berkeley College Republicans seem optimistic that Shaprio event will take place.
“As the nation watches the former home of a free speech movement disintegrate, the university has an opportunity to redeem itself after its countless free speech infringements,” said Naweed Tahmas, external vice president of Berkeley College Republicans. “We are grateful to Young America’s Foundation for standing by conservative students on our campus as we work to advance our values. Students at Berkeley want and deserve to hear from Ben Shapiro, and they will this fall.”
Shapiro has provided a conservative viewpoint to over 30 different campuses around the country, through his partnership with YAF, including the University of Missouri, California State University, Los Angeles, DePaul University, and the University of Wisconsin.