Trump Threatens Executive Order to Remove Funding from Colleges that Violate Free Speech Following Assault at Berkley
President Trump announced he will sign an executive order to promote free speech on college campuses, saying that if the schools want dollars, they will have to allow people like Hayden Williams to speak. Williams was recruiting students fro conservative groups on the UC Berkeley campus when another man assaulted him and punched him in the face.
Summary by JW Williams
Berkeley, California: Leadership Institute Field Representative, Hayden Williams, 26, was assaulted and punched in the face by an assailant on February 19th, which was captured on a video that went viral. Williams is not a student, but was working to recruit students for conservative groups. Zachary Greenberg, 28, was arrested over a week later after the Citizens United Foundation offered a $50,000 reward leading to the conviction of the assailant. Greenberg is not a current student or employee of Berkeley, but was employed by the university from May 21-July 9, 2010 as a lab assistant in the Department of Psychology and did attend classes there at one time. . President Trump announced that he will sign an executive order to promote free speech on college campuses, and threatened to remove federal funding of non-compliant colleges. UC Berkeley responded by defending the campus police force and spokesman Dan Mogulof claimed that the attacker was a lone bad actor. He said that the media has ignored the fact that UC Berkeley conservative student groups hosted a large number of conservative speakers and that the school spent about $4 million in the past year on security measures. Critics responded by mentioning the multiple riots at Berkeley in 2017 when police stood down and allowed the violence to play out, thus creating a culture of intolerance and violence at Berkeley by leftists without any accountability.
California: Free Speech Victory at UC Berkeley! Policies Against Conservative Speakers to Be Abolished
The Young America’s Foundation (YAF) accused UC Berkeley of discriminating against conservative speakers. The university has denied any secret policy for high-profile speakers, but settled with YAF, paying their court costs, and rescinding discriminatory policies against conservative speakers.
Summary by JW Williams
In February 2017, Antifa rioted against a speaking appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkley, which resulted in $100,000 in property damage and the cancellation of his speech. Several months later, Ann Coulter was prevented from making a speech after the school first canceled Coulter’s visit, then rescheduled it to an unpopular date, citing unspecified threats of violence. Berkeley invoked the ‘heckler’s veto’ that occurs when someone’s right to free speech is restricted to prevent a reacting party’s behavior. A third conservative, radio host Ben Shapiro, spoke at the school in September 2017 after paying a $9,126 security fee that was challenged in the suit. UC Berkeley reportedly spent more than $600,000 on additional security for Shapiro’s appearance.
In the settlement, UC Berkeley agreed to the following terms set by YAF:
Pay YAF $70,000.
Rescind the unconstitutional “High-Profile Speaker Policy.”
Rescind the viewpoint-discriminatory security fee policy.
Abolish its heckler’s veto — protesters will no longer be able to shut down conservative expression.
Antifa ‘Berkeley 5’ Found Not Guilty of 5-on-1 Gang Beatdown of Trump Supporter
A jury in Oakland, California found all five Berkeley Antifa members ‘not guilty’ of misdemeanor assault of a Trump supporter, despite testimony from a police sergeant and firemen who said that all five of the accused kicked and punched the man who was being treated for an injury. Judge Alison Tucher allowed dozens of Antifa supporters who filled the audience to remain in the courtroom despite outbursts, hissing, and booing, and one of them even held a sign that urged the court to “drop the charges” against the activist group. The judge did not follow legal procedures and allowed intimidation in the courtroom.
Update, 3:45 p.m. The jury has found all five defendants not guilty of misdemeanor assault, and not guilty of assault causing great bodily injury, also a misdemeanor. About 30 supporters of the defendants were in the courtroom for the reading of the verdicts, which began at about 3:40 p.m. Some cried quietly as the clerk read the decisions for each person. After the reading, there was a brief round of applause before the judge released the jury.
One of the defendants, Scott Hedrick, said it was a relief for the case to be over.
“It’s been over a year of this,” he said. “It was intense. We’re all just ready to move on with our lives.”
The men, who met through the underground punk scene, said they now plan to hold benefit concerts to help raise money for their attorneys.
Several jurors told Berkeleyside the group found itself in agreement relatively early on regarding the not guilty verdicts. But they wanted to make sure they worked through the process carefully. They deliberated for nearly a day. Ultimately, they said, they were not convinced a crime had occurred. There were other viable explanations for what took place, they said.
Original story: March 4, 2017, brought a day of violent political clashes to downtown Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. The event, dubbed the “March on Berkeley” by its pro-Trump organizers, was the first of several large protests in the city in 2017 that would pit pro- and anti-Trump activists against each other. There were verbal altercations and street brawls. And despite efforts by some to keep events peaceful, nearly every rally resulted in violence and arrests. Both sides have blamed the other for provoking the fights.
Wednesday, a trial began in Alameda County Superior Court where jurors have been asked to decide if five self-described “anti-fascist” defendants are guilty of attacking Trump supporter Moshe Daniel Quillinan during his evaluation by Berkeley firefighters for a large cut on his head that ultimately required 10 staples to close, according to testimony last week.
Prosecutor Jim Logan, with the Alameda County district attorney’s office, told jurors Friday during closing arguments that he wouldn’t blame them if they found Quillinan’s political views repulsive. But Logan said that didn’t mean Quillinan deserved to be attacked as he sat near firefighters, with a bandage wrapped completely around his head, waiting for a friend to take him to the hospital: “Just because the victim is dislikable doesn’t mean the rules don’t apply,” Logan said. “The defendants don’t get to decide … punishment on the street. That’s what the courtroom is for.”
Defense attorney Shanta Driver told the jury it was Quillinan who provoked an argument with a group of passers-by that included some of her clients. She said they only tried to defend themselves, as Quillinan tried to strike them with a wooden shield, and argued that Berkeley police were “treating Mr. Quillinan as a victim, and as somebody whose rights were denied, while treating these five [defendants] as villains and perpetrators of violence.”
Driver — who is representing Taylor Fuller, Scott Hedrick, Nathan Perry, Jeff Armstrong and Dustin Sawtelle — told jurors during her closing arguments Friday that they had witnessed “a political trial that’s being conducted in a political era, the Trump era: an era in which lies and fantasies can be substitutes for the truth and reality.”
From Wednesday through Friday, jurors and Judge Alison Tucher heard testimony from a parade of witnesses for the prosecution and defense. Dozens of supporters of the five defendants have been in court for the bulk of the trial. They have made their feelings known, with laughter and sighs of derision, hissing, applause and other outbursts. At one point, a member of the audience held up a political flier, facing the jury, urging the court to “drop the charges” against the activist group.
Tucher repeatedly admonished the crowd to keep on their “poker faces,” or risk ejection, telling them it was a “courtroom, not a political rally.” She said there should be “no snickering, laughing, catcalling” or any other reactions in response to the witnesses: “You can think whatever you want to think inside your heads,” she said. But the proceedings continued to be marked by interruptions and audible reactions, despite her numerous announcements for order.
It wasn’t the only logistical challenge. Throughout the first day and much of the second, during breaks, jurors stood outside the courtroom and rode the elevator within earshot of defense supporters who loudly discussed their views and criticized the prosecution. Jurors are under strict orders to focus only on evidence presented in court, and to have no outside discussions or external exposure to the case to ensure an unbiased process. Eventually, during the second day of testimony, Judge Tucher ordered jurors to spend all breaks inside the jury room, and had the bailiff keep them separate from the crowd.
Driver, who is a national organizer for the political activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, put all five of her clients on the stand to testify about March 4. She also called on fellow BAMN leader Yvette Felarca, as well as another Berkeley activist, to testify. Much of the testimony on the defense side related to events at Civic Center Park during the March 4 rally — in the hours before the alleged assault in this case — including physical altercations and intimidation that witnesses and defendants attributed to Quillinan.
Prosecutor Logan repeatedly drew the jury’s focus to the incident on Milvia Street shortly after 3 p.m. where two firefighters and a Berkeley police officer said they watched the group swarm Quillinan, as he sat on a concrete ledge near Berkeley High School, then unleashed 10-20 punches and 10-15 kicks over an estimated 15 seconds to a minute. They left when police and firefighters interrupted the alleged attack. Logan asked the jury to decide whether they believed the first responders to be liars, or the defendants who have said they are innocent.
Logan also told jurors to be skeptical of the testimony of the defendants, who all described the altercation with the “same six facts.” He asked the jury to recall the demeanors of the defendants during the three-day proceeding, their smiles and their laughter: “These defendants think it’s a joke,” Logan said.
Driver said the prosecutor’s description of events was “a real challenge to imagine.” She said her clients had shown up to Berkeley to provide medical aid during the rally, and to ensure the “free speech rights of everyone.” She said there were too many inconsistencies among the witness testimony on the prosecution side. Driver said her clients had simply tried to walk by Quillinan on their way to their car — and had not attacked him in plain view of nearby firefighters.
“You would have to be an idiot to do something like that,” she said.
The defense team had filed a motion before the trial began to ask the judge to exclude “references to ‘black bloc,’ ‘anarchists,’ ‘antifa,’ or ‘people wearing masks’ and statements about violent actions taken by anti-Trump non-defendants on that day.… Such references have no probative value and cause substantial danger of undue prejudice, confusing the issues, and misleading the jury.”
Last week, throughout the week, the defense team sent out email updates to supporters and the media describing the defendants as “the Berkeley Anti-Fascist 5.” They blamed police and prosecutors for engaging “in a conspiracy” with Quillinan, and described all charges as “false.” The goal of the prosecution, they wrote, was “to advance Trump’s agenda in the direction of a police state.”
Some of the defendants testified they had known of Quillinan and his views before the March 4 rally. Others said they saw him in the park being aggressive. They testified that they had been walking to their cars when they found themselves crossing Milvia Street from Kittredge Street, and were surprised to see Quillinan sitting near some firefighters. They said they hadn’t been able to see Quillinan from Kittredge because a fire engine was blocking their view. Defendants said three other men, who had joined their group a block or so earlier, walked with them, but ran off before their arrest. They also said defendant Hedrick had split off from the group before the interaction with Quillinan, then ran back to them afterward to see if they were all right.
Defense attorney Driver at one point filed a motion to ask the judge to allow her clients to sit among the audience so witnesses would have to identify them from among the crowd. Judge Tucher said that would be “unusual,” and that she was “not inclined to grant that,” in part because Driver had cited no related case law.
Berkeley Police Sgt. Jesse Grant testified that he was sitting in an unmarked vehicle with Berkeley Fire Capt. David Sprague-Livingston at Milvia and Kittredge when he heard words exchanged between the seated Quillinan and a group of pedestrians. Grant saw Armstrong punch Quillinan in the head and Perry kick Quillinan in the leg, he said. Several others then “closed in” around Quillinan, as Grant saw “arms and legs flying.” Grant, the only police officer at the scene, jumped out of the car and called for back-up, then ordered the group to leave. Firefighters also yelled, to break up the fight, and the group “took off” south on Milvia. The defendants were arrested by other BPD officers a short distance down the street.
Grant said he asked Quillinan if he wanted his assailants arrested — which is required by law in any misdemeanor case — and took a statement after Quillinan said he did.
Grant watched the group as they walked a block or so south, as did fire captains Sprague-Livingston and Jonathan Fischer. Fischer testified that he first saw the group walking from the north on Milvia from about 20 feet away. When the group got close, Fischer said one of the pedestrians said something to his patient, who responded. There was a punch and a kick, then more punching and kicking. Fischer said the group of pedestrians “threw the first punch.”
Berkeley City Council Rings in Agenda 21, Declaring ‘Climate Emergency’ and Call for Population Control
The Berkeley City Council unanimously voted in a plan for climate regulations and put on record their desire to “humanely stabilize population”, a euphemism for depopulation, which is the ultimate goal of Agenda 21. The city urges surrounding municipalities and the state of California to buy into its hysteria and to impose harsh regulations that will affect energy, building, the electricity grid and transportation.
The California city that was home to 1960s radicals and known for excessively liberal politics declared a “climate emergency” on Tuesday evening, backing policies to “humanely stabilize” the human population.
The Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to mobilize other California governments “to initiate a just local, state, national, and global climate emergency mobilization to restore a safe climate.”
The council’s resolution, introduced by Council Member Cheryl Davila, warned that man-made global warming was “driving a global fresh water scarcity crisis and the sixth mass extinction of species, which could devastate much of life on earth for the next 10 million years.” The resolution calls for a World War II-level mobilization effort to fight global warming.
Davila’s resolution claims, “The community of Berkeley and surrounding counties, despite well-meaning efforts, have disproportionately contributed to dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and thus must substantially curtail use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of the larger planetary community to enable a rapid, just transition to a stable climate.”
“Reversing global warming and restoring a safe and stable climate requires an emergency mobilization to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors at wartime speed, to rapidly and safely drawdown or remove all the excess carbon from the atmosphere, and to implement safe measures to protect all people and species from the consequences of abrupt warming in the near-term,” the resolution claims.
To accomplish this, “requires an effort to preserve and restore half Earth’s biodiversity in interconnected wildlife corridors and to humanely stabilize population,” the resolution claims.
Davila’s resolution also calls for “a shift toward a climate-resilient society and culture that prioritize conservation, community, and mutual aid over consumerism and narcissism.”
The resolution’s main goal is to become a “carbon sink” by 2030, meaning Berkeley would emit net negative greenhouse gas emissions by that time.
Environmental activists were thrilled with Berkeley’s decision to declare a “climate emergency.” Writer Eric Holthaus tweeted it “sets the new standard for what those of us with means should be striving for at this critical moment in Earth history.”
Lawsuit Filed Against UC Berkeley, Police, the City of Berkeley, and Antifa
Berkeley, California: Four victims of violence by Antifa members during the riot in Berkeley last February have filed a lawsuit against the university, the city, the police, and two black-clad rioters identified as Ian Dabney Miller, an employee of UC Berkeley, and Raha Mirabdal, a nurse at Oakland Children’s Hospital, who are members of the communist group called By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). The lawsuit states that the city of Berkley, the university, and the police department had ample warning of a potential riot and ample time to prepare a crowd-management policy but, instead, the police stood down. -GEG
Four victims of the brutal violence committed by Antifa during the riot in Berkeley last February over Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled speaking event have filed a lawsuit against the university, the city, the police, and two of the black clad rioters that they were able to identify.
The lawsuit names UC Berkeley, UCPD, Berkeley PD, the city of Berkeley, two of the assailants that they were able to identify — Ian Dabney Miller and Raha Mirabdal, President of the University of California Janet Napolitano and others for violating their constitutional and statutory rights during the riot in February, 2017.
“By their failure to intervene or employ reasonable tactical methods to ensure the safety of the Plaintiffs and the public, government actors conducted their official duties with deliberate indifference to the Plaintiffs’ safety, permitting hordes of violent rioters to swarm the university campus in a violent rage. By their failure, government actors are thus responsible for creating and exposing Plaintiffs to known and obvious danger,” the lawsuit states.
During the riot, Antifa caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the MLK Student Union and toppled a mobile light structure, setting its generator on fire. The city estimates that the rioters caused between $400,000 and $500,000 in damage to the area surrounding the university.
One of the victims, John Jennings was brutally attacked by a masked man who struck him in the temple with a stick during the mayhem. His wife, Katrina Redelsheimer, rushed to his aid and they were both attacked by a mob of five of six people who pushed Jennings to the ground and began kicking him. The mob of black-clad rioters then began attacking the couple with pepper spray and sticks, leaving them with severe injuries including concussions, broken ribs and burn welts on the skin from the chemical irritants.
Cringe! Antifa Dominates Berkeley City Council Meeting on Police Force Issues
Berkeley, California: Mayor Jesse Arreguin, who has ties to BAMN/ Antifa, allowed Antifa and its supporters to dominate a meeting of the City Council and to blame recent leftist violence on so-called white supremacists and Nazis. Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood wanted the city council to authorize the police to use pepper spray on violent protesters, which he said should be preferred over using batons and physical force. This video dramatically shows the propaganda rhetoric of professional organizers, some of whom endorse communist ideology and tactics. -GEG
Milo Yiannopoulos, a provocateur who identifies himself as conservative, organized a four-day free-speech event at Berkeley and advertised that former White House staffer, Steve Bannon, and Ann Coulter also would be speaking. However, they cancelled and other high profile speakers said they never were scheduled to speak. At the last minute, the Berkley Patriots, who were the sponsors of the event, dropped out, so everything was canceled. Milo showed up anyway for 20 minutes and posed for photos with fans and signed autographs. School officials called in extra law enforcement just in case and say that the stunt cost $800,000 for security. -GEG
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but is it worth $800,000?
Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, said the brief appearance of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on campus Sunday cost the school $800,000 to ensure his safety.
Yiannopoulos appeared at the steps of the iconic Sproul Hall – the birthplace of the 1960’s Free Speech movement – after his highly anticipated Free Speech Week was abruptly canceled.
The open-air event lasted less than an hour. Yiannopoulos spent the time taking pictures with fans, signing his new book and took part in the national anthem.
Attendees — including Yiannopoulos — had to pass through metal detectors.
Dan Mogulof, a campus spokesman, dubbed the event “the most expensive photo-op in the university’s history,” The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Police arrested at least 11, including four dressed in an all-black outfits commonly worn by the violent Antifa group, The Mercury News reported. One man who sported a “Make America Great Again” message was also detained.
This is the second time recently that the school had to spend six figures to ensure the safety of a conservative. Ben Shapiro appeared on campus two weeks ago and the school said it spent $600,000 at that event.
Shapiro at that time blamed the city’s radical Antifa agitators who were the reason UC Berkeley had to spend such money on safety. “Free speech isn’t free. It costs over $600,000 thanks to Antifa,” he tweeted.
The Sunday protest was organized in response to the cancellation of the Free Speech Week, where both organizers and the university blamed each other for lack of commitment to ensure its happening.
Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech, Blames ‘Young America’s Foundation’ and Republican Leaders For Dropping Support
US: Ann Coulter was sponsored by two student groups, YAF (Young America’s Foundation) and the Berkeley College Republicans to deliver a speech at UC Berkeley opposing illegal immigration. She agreed to all demands by the school and publicly challenged Berkeley police to not stand down in the event of violence. YAF pulled its support and prevented the Berkeley College Republicans from taking legal action to require the college to provide a room for the speech. Coulter lashes out against Republican leaders for failing to stand up for what they say they believe and, instead, are always saying: “We’ll take a stand NEXT time.” –GEG
UC Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech But Alabama Judge Overruled Auburn University For Banning Richard Spencer
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s April 27th appearance at the University of California in Berkeley was cancelled by the school, citing security concerns. She said she will deliver her speech at the school despite the ban. The group that invited Coulter believes she was banned because she demanded that UC Chancellor Janet Napolitano ask the Oakland police chief not to order his officers to stand-down if unrest ensued. Coulter also says that the school should warn students that violence and heckling will result in expulsion from school. Coulter says: “This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only.” In a similar case this week, a federal judge in Alabama overruled Auburn University after it tried to ban Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, from speaking. –GEG
“…Coulter had agreed to a number of demands by the university — such as the speech would be delivered in the afternoon and only be open to students — while offering her own requests to be upheld by the university.
1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past; and
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
Police Order Unmasking Of Antifa Troublemakers At Richard Spencer Speech
A federal judge ruled against Auburn University’s ban against Alt-Right, white nationalist speaker, Richard Spencer, and police broke up a brawl over his appearance on campus. Police ordered Antifa members to unmask before being allowed to enter the event.
Antifa Protesters Clashed With Free-Speech In Berkeley, California
Violence broke out at Berkley, California, when Antifa leftists wearing masks and black clothing showed up to confront a demonstration for free speech that included Trump supporters. This article includes videos in which the sound can be heard of heavy-duty explosive fireworks that were thrown into the crowd. Witnesses say the Antifa group is responsible for the explosives, but one news source is reporting that the dangerous fireworks were used by the police to break up the crowd. –GEG
For the third time this year, Trump supporters and Antifa clashed on the streets of Berkeley, California. The two forces met Saturday during the pro-Trump Patriot Day rally.
Berkeley Police have arrested at least 15 people this morning and afternoon, after antifascists met Trump supporters at a pro-Trump rally, reported CBS News.
Police attempted to maintain order with poles and fence mesh, but the barriers did not stop the two sides from violently engaging.
Trump supporters had organized a Patriot Day rally, starring Lauren Southern, a former reporter for conservative Canadian outlet The Rebel Media and Kyle Chapman, a man who achieved internet stardom as “Based Stickman” after assaulting a member of Antifa with a stick at the March 4 scuffle in Berkeley, among others.
Berkeley police have confiscated banned items such as knives, flagpoles, and sticks used as weapons, according to CBS San Francisco.
Trump Threatens Funding For UC Berkeley After Night Of Violence
President Trump proposed cutting federal funds from the University of California at Berkeley after leftist students rioted against a planned speech by conservative figure, Milo Yiannopoulos. The organized mob shut down free speech and threatened those with an opposing viewpoint. The University of California president, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has declared the campus a sanctuary for immigrants.- GEG
President Donald Trump threatened to cut federal funding for the University of California, Berkeley after the campus erupted into fiery violence before a planned speech by conservative figure Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday evening.
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
The president’s tweet comes after a night of violent protests on the campus forced Yiannopoulos to cancel a book tour event that was, ironically, about free speech on campus.
Protesters broke windows, set off fireworks, and threw smoke bombs and flares, creating a dangerous environment for students and the public. Masked protesters used a diesel generator to start a large fire outside the building where the conservative author was set to speak.
Berkeley is the flagship institution of the University of California system. The school received $370 million in federal research funding during the 2015-2016 school year.
A War is Coming to America: UC Berkeley Riots Against Milo
California: Here are scenes of violence from the cancelled Milo Yiannopoulos appearance, caused by so-called anti-fascist groups. The masked protesters set fires, broke windows, assaulted attendees with fists and pepper spray, and chased them down in the streets, using flag poles to beat a man unconscious. – GEG