College Officials Shut Down Student Conservative Group
After Seeing Anti-Obama Literature
September 7, 2010
(Lake Worth, FL) On Tuesday September 7, 2010 at around 11:00am
one Palm Beach State College (PBSC) student and two Young Americans
for Freedom (YAF) members, state chairman Daniel P. Diaz and state
vice chairman Eddie Shaffer, were shut down and had campus police
called on them after tabling and recruiting during club rush at the College.
The PBSC student, Christina Beattie, had received prior permission from
college administrator Olivia Ford-Morris to promote her organization on
campus via telephone and email communication.
On the day of club rush, officials approached the group and after seeing
information about the organization and its ideals criticizing Barack Obama’s
economic policy. Ms. Ford-Morris was visibly disturbed by the material
presented, published by the Heritage Foundation, criticizing President
Obama’s administration. College officials then called the campus police
to assure the group left campus. Ms. Ford-Morris denied having ever
talked to Ms. Beattie about giving permission to the organization to be
a part of PBSC club rush.
“I was shocked and offended by her dishonesty.
She outright denied giving me permission to table at Club Rush simply
because she disagreed with my beliefs! The fact is, she was using her
administrative power to silence the conservative opposition."
said Christina Beattie.
Christina Beattie, a student at PBSC has been the lead organizer
of a weeklong recruitment event for YAF.
Christina saw a need for a conservative club on campus and decided to
create a YAF Chapter. Beattie inquired with college Student Activities
Coordinator, Ms. Olivia Ford-Morris, via email about being allowed to
recruit at the college rush. To Christina’s surprise Ms. Ford-Morris called
her and allowed the group to table at the event. Other groups on campus
attended the event and tabled, but had not registered with the student
activities coordinator. These groups remained untouched and were allowed
to recruit even without permission. The Film Club, one of the groups not
authorized to participate in the event, declined to comment for fear of
reprisal from college administration.
Daniel P. Diaz commented that
“It is extremely frustrating that when a conservative organization like YAF
tries to start a chapter on a public university, administrators who proclaim
that colleges are the market place of ideas proceed to be intolerant and
censor views contrary to the liberal ideology. The public should be outraged
at ideologically driven college faculties and as a community we should
demand that all views receive the same outlet on college campuses.
Call your local college and demand free speech!”
Please spread the word and contact as many media outlets as possible,
call the administrators and send them emails.
Let’s send a clear message that we will not allow this clear ideological
bias from university officials.
Below is the contact information starting from the administrator who kicked
us off campus to the dean of student services and lastly the president of the college:
Student Activities Coordinator
(assistants phone number)
Dean of Student Services
Dr. Dennis P. Gallon
Lake Worth Location
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Photos and video are available on Florida YAF Facebook Group and YouTube.
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=339398679377
Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e569FqOLhsQ
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hkTQaFo5S4
Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iXUdgkyPOw
Video 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkK9KLfr4B0
Video 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz8IQ0lDwZQ