Free speech cage

March 2, 2009

Some of the CU students who have organized the upcoming Bill Ayers, Ward Churchill, Derrick Jensen event are creating a free speech cage to draw attention to the Ward Churchill case. From the Colorado Daily.

Students for True Academic Freedom — one of three University of Colorado student groups co-sponsoring Thursday’s Ward Churchill rally — will unveil a “free speech cage” on campus Tuesday in advance of ex-Weatherman Bill Ayers’ visit.

The demonstration is slated to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain outside the University Memorial Center.

Members of Students for True Academic Freedom said they will read excerpts from Churchill’s controversial post-9/ll essay, “On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,” and will unveil a large “free speech cage” in which passersby may exercise their right of free speech.

“The cage is a symbol representing the limits of free speech at CU,” said Aaron Smith, event coordinator for Students for True Academic Freedom. “It is intended to make a visual impact, so students see that free speech is being unfairly limited on this campus.”

The student group’s members also will hand out fliers for Thursday night’s “Forbidden Education and the Rise of Neo-MacCarthyism” event, at which controversial Weather Underground co-founder Ayers will speak in support of Churchill, a CU professor fired in 2007.

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