UC faculty must have right to boycott Israeli academic partnerships

A desk with a poster reading "We support Palestine" and a book on the history of Palestine
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UC Berkeley faculty members have quite rightly taken the UC administration to task for a recent statement, signed by all the system’s chancellors, that condemns Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS. The statement was issued in the name of protecting academic freedom when, in our own view, the only freedom under threat is the bedrock right of faculty and students to engage in political speech.
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Taking off my rose-tinted glasses

Off the Beat

Before I knew that I would be going to school at UC Berkeley, the campus lived in my mind as a kind of promised land. My perception of the school was formed by black-and-white photos of students and community members protesting for what they believed in. I expected social awareness
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Vote to uphold UC Berkeley’s free speech legacy

Will UC Berkeley students go to the polls today?   The vast majority probably will not, if a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic on young adult voting patterns holds true for this campus. Only 28 percent of those polled were “absolutely certain” that they
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Cal students need to vote in the November election

I’m a UC Berkeley alumna, and I have a favor to ask of all my fellow Golden Bears — this November, when the voting polls open, be there to take collective action. Be there to vote. As a UC Berkeley student, you’re either returning to or arriving at one of
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UC Berkeley campus must continue to protect free speech

In the past few years, UC Berkeley has been attacked for being “anti-free speech” and has been portrayed in the media as an institution that is ideologically homogeneous. But our unique history tells us that this is not the case. We are the home of the Free Speech Movement, and
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