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CSUF student council condemns Milo Yiannopoulos invite, plans counter-protest

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The Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) College Republicans are set to host Milo Yiannopoulos for a campus-wide event on Halloween night, however, the CSUF Student Council is determined to stop them.

The Cal State Fullerton Student Council, which is supported by public school tuition dollars, released a resolution “denouncing Milo Yiannopoulos’ Appearance at CSU Fullerton” on October 12th, and will move to a full vote on October 24th.

After rattling down the list of previous resolutions they have passed, including their support for “undocumented and DACA students,” “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Student Life,” and “black student success,” the publicly funded council announced their support for a “Unity Block Party” in opposition to Milo’s appearance.

“ASI shall publicly support the Unity Block Party: A Peaceful Party to Celebrate Diversity, Community, and Education,” the resolution read, before claiming the block party will “endorse a positive celebration of diversity and… empowerment.”

The student council doesn’t simply stop at Cal State Fullerton. They’ve asked that the resolution in opposition to Milo be distributed to the Cal State Board of Trustees, the Governor of California, state senators, assembly members, and almost every imaginable department and leader at Cal State Fullerton.

“Organizations on my campus are seeking to define my speech as hate speech and violence,” Ryan Hoskins, CSUF’s College Republicans Events Director, told Red Alert Politics. “This resolution is just one more step toward accomplishing that goal. I hope the student leadership will make the right decision and stand up for free speech.”

The resolution is not the first opposition that the club has faced over their event.

In September, Dania Salgado, the Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Inter-Club Council, told the Daily Titan, “we’re denouncing it because of civility and financial concerns… A lot of the values we uphold (as a college) are not in place with this event. I’m glad we passed this. It shows the same kind of progressive actions we were taking last semester are going to continue into this council.”

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