DEFEND FREE SPEECH and the RIGHT TO DISSENT on the UW Madison campus! sign now

Given that: 1) Stop The War! has never collectively participated in or advocated for violence of any kind, or destruction of property, in any circumstance; 2) The Dean of Students Office is investigating STW members with the threat of probation, suspension, or expulsion without cause; 3) STW members stand falsely accused of conduct constituting the kind of serious danger to personal safety to members of our campus community, which military recruiters engage in every time the facilitate the deployment of students to the illegal and immoral war in Iraq, using their well-documented manipulative practices; 4) By Chancellor Wileys own admission, the UW is in violation of its own anti-discrimination policy by allowing military recruiters (and their "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" employment policy) access to campus; 5) And that these aforementioned truths add up to hypocritical, irresponsible, and intimidating conduct by the campus administration, which threatens the fundamental right to freedom of speech and conscientious dissent due all UW students.

We the undersigned, demand that the investigation against Paul Pryse and the campus organization known as Stop The War! be dropped immediately, and followed by an apology to both the individual and the group for this vicious and baseless attack on STW members' character and constitutional rights.

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  • 02 November 2015100. Amy P
    I support this petition
  • 24 July 201599. Graham F
    The right to demonstrate against an illegal and immoral war, also the right to consciously object to any participation in it, is a hall mark of human dignity. To peacefully demonstrate and refuse to murder on behalf of an immoral government is human digni
  • 10 July 201598. Laura S
    I support this petition
  • 20 April 201597. Elizabeth G
    This is ridiculous and the administration should be ashamed. As a former member of Stop the War, I am aware of its purely pacifist ideology and complete unwillingness to use violence to achieve its goals on this campus. The right to protest should be some
  • 01 November 201496. John O
  • 30 September 201495. Derek W
    As a member of the UW-Madison academic staff, I'm outraged that our administration would attempt to silence dissent like this. These students should be winning awards for trying to stop an illegal, immoral war, not facing possible expulsion!
  • 19 August 201494. Jack Ktrudellrnbsnuwhospitalsc
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  • 23 January 201492. Yvonne G
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  • 19 July 201391. Sean P
  • 17 June 201390. Mark C
    Without free speech and the right to vigorous dissent, academic life loses its raison d'etre and embarks upon the trahison des clercs. It is a pity that UW Madison seems to have forgotten the lessons counter-recruiters taught there a generation ago in the
  • 14 June 201389. Charlotte K
    Academic freedom must be available to students as well as faculty!
  • 08 June 201388. Jasmine N
    NYU is behind you
  • 24 April 201387. Derron T
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  • 22 March 201386. Jonathan P
  • 12 March 201385. Spike A
    The attack on free speech is a real one. Will our administration prove to fall in line with the trend of intimidation or will it voice the progressive ideals of the campus and refuse and resist the repressive tactics of the Military Science Department and
  • 29 December 201284. Jeffrey S
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 201283. James P
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  • 08 November 201282. Craig B
    I support this petition
  • 29 July 201281. Stephanie J
    The fact that the military as an institution is given free speech and individuals are not its absolutely ridicuous! Free speech is a right!
  • 27 June 201280. Shaun H
    Drop the Charges, Free Speech Now!
  • 10 June 201279. Allison H
    The rights to free speech and peaceful assembly make up the foundation upon which this country stands!
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  • 09 April 201277. Gustavo E
    I support this petition
  • 18 March 201276. Chris R
    I support this petition
  • 01 February 201275. Mike G
    I'm sick of how UW bureaucrats (especially the incompetents in the library and police hierarchies) continue to squelch, with impunity and unlawfully, basic Constitutional prerogatives.
  • 25 November 201174. Brandon M

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