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August 30, 2017

Berkeley Mayor Wants To Cancel Milo’s ‘Free Speech Week’

Free Speech Week will tackle threats to free speech endemic in movements and ideologies such as feminism and Islam.

The Berkeley mayor advised UC Berkeley to cancel conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned September Free Speech Week.

Jesse Arreguin, mayor of Berkeley, expressed concern on Monday about the Sept. 24-27 slew of events planned by Yiannopoulos after the Aug. 27 Antifa violence, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I don’t want Berkeley being used as a punching bag,” Arreguin told the Chronicle. “I am concerned about these groups using large protests to create mayhem.”

“I’m very concerned about Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter and some of these other right-wing speakers coming to the Berkeley campus, because it’s just a target for black bloc to come out and commit mayhem on the Berkeley campus and have that potentially spill out on the street,” Arreguin said.

UC Berkeley stressed that cancelling invitations to the university is not within its prerogative and that the school is helping the conservative student host group, Berkeley Patriot, to find a time and place for Yiannopoulos’ appearance.

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August 29, 2017

Berkeley Mayor: Time to Classify Antifa as a Street Gang

Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin is calling for “Antifa” — the so-called “anti-fascist” group that proudly uses violence to silence views with which it does not agree — to be classified as a street gang by police.

Arreguin’s comments came after hundreds of Antifa activists jumped police barricades on Sunday and assaulted right-wing protesters, injuring five. National media generally reported that Antifa had initiated the violence.

CBS San Francisco reported:

“I think we should classify them as a gang,” said Arreguin. “They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach.”

Arreguin said that while he does not support the far right, it was time to draw the line on the left as well, especially on the black-clad activists who showed up in force and took over both the protests and the park, and played a part in Sunday’s violent clashes.

The mayor said it was also time for the non-violent protesters to take a stand.

“We also need to hold accountable and encourage people not to associate with these extremists because it empowers them and gives them cover,” said Arreguin.

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August 28, 2017

Berkeley Police Chief Brags: I Intentionally Allowed Antifa To Attack Peaceful Protesters Yesterday

Police in Berkeley, California deliberately allowed Antifa alt-leftists to jump barricades and attack peaceful right-wing protesters gathered in Civic Center Park on Sunday, according to numerous reports.

The Fresno Bee reports that the majority of individuals that showed up to protest the informal “No To Marxism” rally being held in the park were peaceful.

However, according to the outlet, there were more than 100 Antifa alt-leftists who also showed up to the event intent on stirring up violence and attacking the right-wing demonstrators.

Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood is quoted by The Fresno Bee as stating that he and his force made an intentional decision to allow these violent protesters to breach barriers and confront the demonstrators with no intervention.

“The potential use of force became very problematic,” Greenwood reportedly said, adding that his officers left the park entirely once the alt-leftists entered it.

The Associated Press confirms this, quoting Greenwood as stating he specifically told his officers not to actively intervene in the violence.

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August 27, 2017

Berkeley Charges College Republicans $15K ‘Security Fee’ to Have Ben Shapiro Speak on Campus (Video)

“Do not come ready to do violence in defense of my free speech rights,” Shapiro said. “We just paid so that Berkeley will do it. Right? Either Berkeley is going to protect my free speech rights or they’re not.”

The University of California, Berkeley is charging the College Republicans group a $15,000 “security fee” to host conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro next month.

Conservative organization Young America’s Foundation announced Tuesday that it will step in and pay what it’s calling “effectively a tax on free speech.”

This comes after Milo Yiannopoulos cancelled a February speech at Berkeley when fiery riots resulted in thousands of dollars of property damage. Ann Coulter also cancelled an April speech at the university due to concerns about student safety.

On “The Story,” Shapiro said he’s expecting Antifa demonstrators to show up and try to cause violence, but he urged his fans and supporters not to show up ready to “do battle.”

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August 23, 2017

Victor Davis Hanson “California’s 2-State Divide Isn’t North & South” at A.F.A Conf. L.A. (Video)

Hoover Institute Senior Fellow, Victor Davis Hanson addresses American Freedom Alliance’s “California: From Gold to Dust” Conference in Los Angeles, 20 August ’17.

August 22, 2017

American Freedom Alliance Takes on California’s Destruction

The American Freedom Alliance hosted “From Gold to Dust: The Destruction of California,” over the weekend that featured an all-star lineup of conservative experts outlining why the California dream has been evaporating and how to bring it back.

The conference’s morning session focused on how the financial and political clout of liberal teacher’s unions that now dominate California politics while destroying the competitiveness of California’s students.

Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute opened the discussion with a review of his new book, ‘The Corrupt Classroom,’ that argues for school choice as the best vehicle to dramatically increase student academic performance, while countering the liberal bias, indoctrination, violence and social engineering that permeates California schools.

Izumi calls the California Teachers’ Association the fourth branch of the state government. With $246,249,805 in annual revenue and $260,496,068 in assets last year, the teachers’ unions spend about $40 million on political campaigns and social action initiatives.

The United States’ standing out of 72 nations that have their 15-year-olds take the Program for International School Assessments, has crashed from the 28th place in 2012 to the 35th place in 2015.

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August 21, 2017

Ex-Google employee says Silicon Valley blacklists conservatives (Video)

Damore gained national notoriety when an internal memo that he penned faulting Google for its diversity policies went viral.

Google and other companies based in Silicon Valley “blacklist conservatives”, according to a former Google employee who was fired after sending a company-wide memo criticizing the internet giant.

“If someone shows that they’re a conservative, they’ll be blacklisted between different companies and different teams … And that really needs to change,” James Damore, the fired Google engineer, told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co.”

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“It was sort of forbidden knowledge at Google,” he said. “But it’s common sense to many.”

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August 20, 2017

Bokhari: The Week Silicon Valley Killed Free Speech

To those who followed the trajectory of Silicon Valley over the past few years, their abandonment of free speech last week would not have come as a surprise. Indeed, social media platforms like Twitter, which previously styled itself as “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” abandoned it long ago.

Even so, the decision of first GoDaddy and then Google and then Cloudflare to cut off support for Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer – effectively banning them from the internet – came as a shock to many. To those who believe that all content, no matter how deplorable, should be able to exist on the web, it heralds nothing less than the end of free speech in cyberspace.

It is not just the right and far-right who have seen the danger. The Electronic Frontier Foundaton, the most prominent defenders of digital rights, also raised the alarm last week.

“Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected. We do it because we believe that no one—not the government and not private commercial enterprises—should decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t.”

“We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous.”

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August 17, 2017

California Bill: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

A new bill being considered by the California State Senate would punish people who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” in a public health, retirement or housing institution.

The bill, SB 219, was proposed by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). It includes several other provisions that require a health facility, for example, to honor the gender identity of a patient, meaning that the patient must be admitted to a room that comports with his or her chosen gender; allowed to use whatever bathroom he or she wants to use; and wear whatever clothing or cosmetics he or she decides to wear. It has gone through several amendments.

CBN News notes: “Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1,000 and a jail term of up to a year.”

CBN also reports the testimony of the California Family Council’s Greg Burt:

How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others? … This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.

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August 14, 2017

Why does California have the nation’s highest poverty level?

Another indicator of California’s impoverishment is that more than a third of its 39 million residents are enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state-federal program of medical care for the poor.

With all the recent hoopla about California’s record-low unemployment rate and the heady prospect of its becoming No. 5 in global economic rankings, it is easy to lose sight of another salient fact: It is the nation’s most poverty-stricken state.

So says the U.S. Census Bureau in its “supplemental measure” of poverty, which is more accurate than the traditional measure because it takes into account not only income, but living costs.

By that measure, just over 20 percent of Californians are living in poverty. The Public Policy Institute of California has devised its own measure, similar to the Census Bureau’s, that not only validates the 20 percent figure, but tells us that another 20 percent of Californians are in “near-poverty,” which means they struggle to pay for food, shelter and other necessities of life.

Another indicator of California’s impoverishment is that more than a third of its 39 million residents are enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state-federal program of medical care for the poor. And that doesn’t count a few million more who cannot legally obtain Medi-Cal coverage because they are undocumented immigrants.

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