First Amendment

Portland Community College Cancels Leftist Event Due to Safety Concerns

"PCC Public Safety was made aware of a possible planned disruption to tonight's event."

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Steve Morgan

Portland Community College (PCC) forced a local Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) group to reschedule a planned event last week due to concerns that a right-wing group would disrupt it.

The DSA had planned to host a PCC economics professor for a discussion of the "Green New Deal," according to The Willamette Week. But the school administration apparently caught wind of statements made on social media by alleged members of the far-right group Patriot Prayer that indicated they might attend and cause problems.

"PCC Public Safety was made aware of a possible planned disruption to tonight's event that may have had an impact on the safety of the academic community and event attendees," a campus safety officer told organizers. "To ensure the event could be held safely, and successfully, a mutual agreement between Public Safety and the organizers was made to accommodate the event at a date/time that sufficient pre-planning could take place."

DSA co-chairwoman Olivia Katbi Smith opposed the cancellation, "which was made without consulting our organizers or our dedicated safety team." She's right to be upset: Delaying campus events for such reasons gives power to the hecklers, and will embolden their efforts to stifle discussion.

For the past several months, Portland has seen several violent clashes between Patriot Prayer types and antifa, so I understand why the university is antsy. But public universities are required to follow the First Amendment, which obviously grants professors the right to discuss public policy ideas with students and other interested parties.

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54 responses to “Portland Community College Cancels Leftist Event Due to Safety Concerns

  1. Now that right-wingers are disrupting left-wing events, colleges will surely rediscover the concept of the free exchange of ideas and America will trend back toward classical liberalism!

    Just kidding. They’ll dismiss it like they do all teachable moments because at root, they really think this stuff is different and moral when they do it, because resist!

    1. Hahaha! You had me going there!

  2. It sucks. The Socialists have a right to have their event and anyone going there to disrupt it is wrong. It was, however, inevitable that the right would eventually start disrupting leftist events. Shame on the colleges for letting leftists get away with this sort of crap so long and creating an incentive to disrupt events as a way of stopping them.

    1. At a certain point there’s no option but to fight fire with fire.

      The whole “take the high road” crap only goes so far if the enemy is willing to do whatever it takes to destroy you.

      1. I don’t think we’re quite there yet. And I hope we don’t get there. If it devolves into a battle where behaving like a civilized person is pointless, then we’re fucked. Nothing good will come of it.

        Fighting fire with fire means everyone gets burned.

        1. We were there 30 years ago.

        2. So?

          Even if it goes to a hot war, good things can come from that. The Revolutionary War was a bitch too… But it was worth it. WELL worth it.

          Nations ALWAYS have this happen. They get formed from a revolution, overthrow of a previous regime, whatever… Then over time they bloat up and turn to shit. This has happened to the USA. I would have ZERO problem with cleaning house at this point. Whatever the cost, if the right takes over and is able to radically reform our system after the victory, it will be a vast improvement over the current shit show.

    2. Factually speaking, the event was pre-emptively cancelled so no leftist has been shut down by the ‘right’ yet. They were, however, shut down by leftist campus admin under cover of vague allegations.

    3. “The Socialists have a right to have their event and anyone going there to disrupt it is wrong.”
      i.e.
      “The Right should never ever fight back.”

      One way ceasefire is surrender
      One way rule of law is subjection
      One way civility is subservience

  3. Let them speak!

    And also make them pay the outrageous security fees conservatives have been paying for years.

  4. Hey, leftists, this is the deplatforming world you have created. Enjoy it.

    1. Yup

  5. Mutually Assured Destruction.

  6. DSA co-chairwoman Olivia Katbi Smith opposed the cancellation, “which was made without consulting our organizers or our dedicated safety team.”

    Yeah, sometimes life’s a bitch.

    1. What is the “designated safety team”? Talk about an Orwellian sounding name.

      1. DSA members with pink softball bats.

  7. the school administration apparently caught wind of statements made on social media by alleged members of the far-right group

    So, a “sick out” by the designated safety team?

  8. She’s right to be upset: Delaying campus events for such reasons gives power to the hecklers, and will embolden their efforts to stifle discussion.

    This is the new normal. People figured out that if you throw a big enough fit at these places, you can effectively silence people from discussing ideas you don’t like.

    College is effectively high school pro at this point anyway, so it’s not like these young adults are critically thinking about the ideas being presented, at campus events or in class.

    1. The heckler’s veto, it’s called.

  9. I’m gonna call bullshit until the statements are made public. This smacks of leftist bullshit to paint themselves as victims.

    (No I didn’t read the article to see if the statements were made public)

    1. I was thinking the same, most likely they just didn’t prepare and needed the slightest of excuses and the wrong person somewhere said they might want to come.

    2. Oh yeah. Patriot Prayer, unlike the dirt bag ANTIFA fucks, wouldn’t have pulled anything crazy. They would have showed up with some signs, and maybe given a couple “Fuck commies” speeches, and that’s it. Of course if ANTIFA showed up and violently attacked them, those EVIL right wing bastards do have the nerve to defend themselves… So that’s probably what they’re really worried about, ANTIFA showing up. LOL

      1. So that’s probably what they’re really worried about, ANTIFA showing up. LOL

        Being that it’s Portland Community College, it’s safe to assume Antifans are already in attendance.

      2. Nailed it. The fear wasn’t Patriot Prayer. The fear was that Team Bike Lock shows up to crack skulls and Patriot Prayer shows them why you don’t bring a bike lock to a gun fight.

        1. Actually, when the Patriot Prayer guy murdered a couple of people, he used a knife, not a gun.

      3. What cracks me up about this, is that it must REALLY mind fuck these leftist professors… Knowing that the reason they have to cancel a left wing event isn’t because a right wing group wants to protest… But because a left wing group will show up and turn it into a shit show.

        How can they wrap their heads around that, and not see how retarded their positions are?

        1. “What cracks me up about this, is that it must REALLY mind fuck these leftist professors.”

          There are approximately 0 professors at PCC. If the number is not 0, it’s because somebody’s moonlighting at PCC in addition to their real job at a university.

          (Note: PCC is the welding school.)

  10. I’m gonna call Robby a lazy fuck.

    the school administration apparently caught wind of statements made on social media by alleged members of the far-right group Patriot Prayer that indicated they might attend and cause problems.

    Did Robby reach out to anyone in the administration? If so, tell us and tell us what, if any response was received.

    Did Robby attempt to identify/verify the social media statements? What media? What were the actual statements? Were the accounts making the statements anonymous, or verifiable people?

    The Willamette Week article goes out of their way to talk about the Patriot Prayer group, but doesn’t actually say they were the ones making these threats.

    1. “A handful of Patriot Prayer members have suggested on social media that they planned to attend the event…”

      The horror. The horror.

      1. What that really means is they’re afraid ANTIFA will show up to counter Patriot Prayer, which would be when the problems set in… As everybody with a brain realizes already.

        1. You are probably right about that.

        2. That is certainly plausible. I think it equally plausible that the campus rent a cops are tired of it all and want to go back to their donuts and coffee.

    2. Robby should learn to code if he really isn’t into this “journalism” thing.

        1. Lay off Robbie. He did some journalizing last week while the country lost its collective shit over Face of Evil kid.

          1. A couple of decent articles by Robbie in the last week.

            It will be interesting to see if this is a trend, and how long Reason will allow it to last.

            The last guy writing decent articles around here was @edkrayewski. They shitcanned him and kept Shikha, Suderman, Sullum, and Broehm.

  11. Good, I hope the idiots on the right do this more often. When both sides are being idiots, maybe each side will police it’s own better.

    Actually probably not.

    1. Still, the left deserves to get a taste of their own medicine. It was inevitable once the left started pulling this shit. You can’t just lay down for them.

      1. The only way to end aggression is to fight back.

        1. “The only way to end aggression is to fight back.”

          That’s the formula that’s worked so well for the Palestinian people in the occupied areas..

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  13. To my libertarian mind, the taxpayers should not be forced to pay for anybody’s political platform, which is what holding these events on government-owned campuses does. I’d privatize them all, of course. Until then, the Grade 13-14 facility should, like a Big Boy & Big Girl college, have a policy of political neutrality.

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  14. Good! I hope this sort of thing happens a lot more. Whether it makes any of the idiots on the left rethink their stupidity along the same lines doesn’t even matter. At least they will have to eat shit too.

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  16. For the past several months, Portland has seen several violent clashes between Patriot Prayer types and antifa,

    No…not quite this….

    For the past several months, leftists in Portland, including the local government have aided and abetted numerous violent attacks committed by Antifa against Patriot Prayer and other non-left wing terrorist groups as well as the general population of Portland.

    There. That’s the factual account.

    1. Facts Schmacts. According to Saint Alexandria of Bronx, it’s better to be morally right than factually right.

    2. ^^^^This

  17. “Cause problems”.

    By … being there, yes.

    (No, PCC shouldn’t have done that, no matter who was presenting and who was accused of Possible Potential Disruption, either.)

  18. Probably someone saw a MAGA hat wearer at the airport.

    1. Smirking.

      1. Smiling While White

  19. The Right, showing up to disrupt Leftist events?

    Is that allowed?

  20. “For the past several months, Portland has seen several violent clashes between Patriot Prayer types and antifa, so I understand why the university is antsy.”

    Go back more than a couple of months, and you get to the murders.

    ” But public universities are required to follow the First Amendment”

    Portland Community College is not a university. Portland State University is an entirely different school.

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