Request for disciplinary action against the Columbia University students who assaulted Jim Gilchrist sign now

On October 4, the College Republicans at Columbia University hosted Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist. Rather than respect the rights of the College Republicans and Minuteman to express their opinions in an academic setting, a group of students rushed the stage in a violent manner and prevented Mr. Gilchrist from making his speech.





The spirit of academic freedom, as well as freedom of speech, requires that all views be allowed and encouraged to express themselves. We the undersigned hereby call on Columbia University to discipline the students involved in disrupting Mr. Gilchrist's speech by suspending the participants for a period of not less than six weeks, and expelling the leaders of the group, from all university activities.


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Latest Signatures

  • 07 February 20161000. Rod T
    This incident displays how poorly organized these events are at Columbia. Speakers should be protected from assault, regardless. Shameful.
  • 02 February 2016999. Steven D
    I support this petition
  • 20 January 2016998. Terrence M
    I am Hispanic and support free speech
  • 19 January 2016997. Steve F
    I support this petition
  • 09 January 2016996. Matt N
    CC 89
  • 28 December 2015995. Jarrett Camacho
    Freedom is not exclusive to those with popular or "correct" opinions
  • 22 December 2015994. David H
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 2015993. David G
    Free speech means allowing those with whom you disagree to speak. You may make your own opinions known, but if you disrupt a speaker or rush the stage, you become the fascists you profess to fight against.
  • 12 December 2015992. Martin C
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015991. Anna M
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 2015990. William R
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015989. Deann P
    I support this petition
  • 29 November 2015988. Bill L
    I always thought that freedom of speech was meant for everyone. By shouting down Mr. Gilcrest, these "students" (thugs) have proved that they are not mature enough to attend a university. Send them back to pre school to learn some manners, and the meaning
  • 25 November 2015987. Andrea F
    Maybe the University should relocate to 1930's appeasement-era Europe. That is where we are again!
  • 19 November 2015986. Erich M
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2015985. Jonah K
    Expel these "students" who don;t know free speech from fascim
  • 31 October 2015984. Jeff B
    This is ridiculous. Imagine them storming the stage to throw off a 'black' speaker or a 'latino' or a 'womens rights' speaker - Their behavior should not be tolerated.
  • 10 October 2015983. Michael S
    What these students did under the cloak of free speech, was to not only embarrass themselves and their parents, but also Columbia University. Our country deserves better than this! Please expel each and every one of them for being such a disgrace to our n
  • 09 October 2015982. Tony V
    Punishing these student thugs is the right thing to do because in the real world there are consequences to consider for our actions. Let their activism cost them something. The price of their freedom was not cheap and it was paid for by people like Jim Gl
  • 28 August 2015981. Jeff B
    free speech is for EVERYONE, and sovereignty is not racism.
  • 28 August 2015980. John E
    I support this petition
  • 27 August 2015979. Kim H
    I support this petition
  • 24 August 2015978. Jim G
    I support this petition
  • 14 August 2015977. Joe R
    When they have no argument they resort to violence
  • 10 August 2015976. Evelyn Kc
    Is collegiality dead at Columbia? Could it be that the IslamoNazi money coming through the door has pushed class out the window? What a shock!
  • 08 August 2015975. Ron G
    I support this petition
  • 03 August 2015974. Michael A
    I support this petition

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