Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Berkeley Protests

Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on today’s protests in Berkeley:

“UC Berkeley has a storied history of dissent and, as an alumna myself, I am proud of the university’s long-standing commitment to providing a forum for free speech. While I stand in firm opposition to the hateful ideology that fuels extremists like Ann Coulter, we must ensure that all parties can peacefully and safely exercise their First Amendment rights.

“We cannot allow outside agitators to undermine the work of nonviolent protestors and students exercising their constitutional rights. Recognizing that the battle of ideas cannot be won with violence, I urge everyone to protest peacefully.”