Tallahassee, FL – Generation Opportunity-Florida (GO-FL), a youth focused activist group, is launching a mail and digital campaign thanking lawmakers in Florida who protected the free speech rights of students during this year’s legislative session. Late last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2018. The bill included a provision ending so-called “free speech zones” that restrict students from exercising their constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights on the state’s publicly funded college and university campuses.
The group is sending mail thanking the lawmakers in their home districts. “When free speech was under attack on Florida’s college campuses,” the mailer reads. “Your leaders stood up to protect the First Amendment.” The mail encourages readers to visit MoreSpeechFL.com, a site that allows them to send thank you letters to the lawmakers who defended campus free speech this legislative session. To view a full-size image of the mailer, click here.
The group also launched a digital advertising campaign that connects users to the MoreSpeechFL.com email page. To view a sample ad, click here.
GO-FL Coalitions Director Demetrius Minor issued the following statement:
“We are encouraging Floridians to thank the officials who stood up for their First Amendment rights by supporting legislation that finally brought an end to the unconstitutional practice of “free speech zones” on college campuses. Thanks to the efforts of these legislators, free speech will no longer be banished to the hidden corners of our state’s publicly funded campuses. We applaud Governor Scott, Speaker Corcoran, Rep. Rommel, Sen. Baxley, and every other member of the Florida legislature who defended the fundamental rights of Florida’s college students.”
To speak with Demetrius Minor about this issue, contact Jim Fellinger at JFellinger@genopp.org.
Earlier this year, Generation Opportunity launched a mail campaign urging Floridians to thank Sen. Dennis Baxley and Rep. Bob Rommel for introducing House and Senate versions of the Campus Free Expression Act. Click on the hyperlinks to view the full-size images of the mail pieces for Rep. Rommel and Sen. Baxley.
According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), approximately one in ten institutions maintain a “free speech zone” where student demonstrations and other expressive activities are limited to small or out-of-the-way areas on campus.
Generation Opportunity is a national, nonpartisan movement for more freedom, better opportunities, and a brighter future for young Americans.