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Week in Review: Anti-Semitism running rampant...where's Biden?

December 8, 2023

Death threats. Mob violence. Unprovoked assaults. Calls for terrorism and genocide.

A congressional hearing this week confirmed what we already knew: Jewish students around the country are living in fear as taxpayer-funded colleges and universities foment a culture of anti-Semitic harassment. And the Biden administration’s education bureaucrats refuse to do anything about it. That’s why the Goldwater Institute is demandingthe Department of Education hold institutions of higher education accountable for allowing the perpetrators of this abuse to run unchecked.

For years, progressives have plotted to turn colleges into breeding grounds for leftwing activists by infusing the race-based lies of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) into every aspect of campus life. So, it should come as no surprise that the same intolerant campus leftists who can’t stomach conservative speakers have decided Jewish students are “oppressors” who deserve to be harassed, or worse.

But the Goldwater Institute is dismantling the DEI apparatus in public colleges and universities, from Texas to Florida to Arizona, while also ensuring freedom of speech on campus. The left wants to remake higher education in its own image—and they don’t care who gets hurt in the process.

That’s unacceptable. We’re not going to let it happen.

Read more here

Goldwater Helps Air Force Spouse Get Back to Work

No one debates whether Air Force spouse Hannah Portèe, who’s been a licensed school counselor since 2021, is good at what she does. Texas state government bureaucrats wouldn’t let her work in her field of expertise, anyway.

But the Goldwater Institute passed a crucial new federal law to ensure military spouses like Hannah aren’t frozen out of their careers simply because of their family’s military duties—right on the heels of enacting similar laws in dozens of states.

And a federal court just reinforced Hannah’s right to earn a living.

When Hannah’s husband received change-of-station orders to Texas, she applied with the state for a license to continue her career. The Texas Education Agency said no. So, Hannah sued under Goldwater’s new reform, which says state licensing entities must recognize out-of-state licenses for experienced military spouses, and she won!

“States should not be in the business of raising up indiscriminate barriers to those who simply want to earn a living,” Goldwater Vice President for Litigation Jon Riches, a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and Hannah’s attorney, Army Reserve First Sergeant Brandon Grable, write for Stars and Stripes. “And Hannah’s case will go a long way toward ensuring that state licensing boards comply with the law, so our military spouses don’t have to choose between their family’s service or their employment.”

Read more at Stars and Stripes

‘Government Is Denying My 1st Amendment Rights’

“I defended our Constitution for decades,” U.S. Navy veteran and Flagstaff, Ariz., small business owner Rob Wilson writes in the Arizona Daily Sun. “But now, our own city’s government is violating our First Amendment rights and infringing on our and others’ ability to earn a living.” Good news is, Goldwater stepped up to defend his rights.

First, the city said Rob couldn’t run a silent, 10-second ad for his shooting range at the local airport. Then officials proposed banning all firearms-related ads for reasons that boiled down to making some people “uncomfortable.”

“The U.S. and Arizona Constitutions make no mention of ‘uncomfortable speech,’ because it gets the same protections as all other speech,” Rob explains.

Knowing that its illegal censorship wouldn’t stand up in court, the council then decided to simply ban all airport advertising. “Instead of fulfilling its duty to support and defend the freedoms enumerated in our state and federal constitutions, the council is letting personal opinions drive actions that will harm many in our community,” Rob concludes.

“That’s why I’m asking the council to ponder this question: ‘Do we really have the right to censor free speech?’ To those that respect the Constitution, the answer is clear.”

Read the rest at the Arizona Daily Sun.



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