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This week, the call to action is focused on one topic, but the actions are split into two parts, and we’d appreciate you sharing this call to action on your social media in order to amplify your reach and impact. Read through to see both action items and the resources included to make this call to action easy and quick for you to do.
Using the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill as the vehicle to ensure that colleges and universities that accept federal money are protecting free speech on campus and being held accountable when they don’t. Listed below the action items are links to suggested reading materials, which I highly recommend you read so that you are fully informed about this topic.
Note that we urge you to complete these action items TODAY – or as early in the week as you are able, as there will be meetings about this topic held at the White House, as well as at House and Senate offices on Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30.
CALL TO ACTION #1
Call your Representative and both of your Senators to tell them you want accountability measures added to the HEA reauthorization that will ensure free speech on American higher education campuses. There is a script just below that you may use when you call. Also, feel free to copy and paste the script and email that to your friends who care about this issue as well.
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Note that this script works for Republicans and Democrats, and for both Representatives and Senators.
“Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME], and I live in [CITY], [STATE]. I am calling today to urge [NAME OF ELECTED OFFICIAL] to reform the Higher Education Act in the upcoming reauthorization so that the HEA actually protects freedom of speech on college campuses. Specifically, the HEA must cease rewarding public colleges for violating the First Amendment. Public institutions with restrictive speech zones and speech codes, discriminatory treatment of religious student groups, and other policies and practices that violate the First Amendment must be stripped of eligibility for federal student loans and grants. The enforcement of such penalties must comply with all existing law. Private colleges should also make all speech and association policies transparent and open to the public, as a condition of eligibility for Title IV loans and grants. Students should be fully informed about private institutions’ speech climates before they choose to enroll. A recent McLaughlin & Associates poll showed 73 percent approval for a presidential order to protect campus free speech. Democrats and Republicans must join together to include free speech protections in the new HEA. Thank you.”
CALL TO ACTION #2
Post about this issue on social media using the ready-to-use social media graphic and text that we have created for you, found below.
Simply use the buttons below to share on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or if you prefer, click graphic to download it to your computer and then upload it to your accounts, making sure to copy and paste the text as well before you post.
Tell Congress to enforce protections of free speech when they reauthorize the Higher Education Act. #ProtectFreeSpeech #ReformHEA
National Association of Scholars statement – Free to Speak: Reforming the Higher Education Act
National Association of Scholars – Press Release
Article by Stanley Kurtz – Fix Free Speech or No Higher-Ed Act Reauthorization
Real Clear Politics – Free Speech on Campus online hub page
Jenny Beth Martin