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From a friend: “We totally begged UC Berkeley administrators to cancel Milo months ago. We begged them directly to cancel this thing earlier this week after we read aloud death threats we and others have received for even so much as asking them to consider cancellation. But they refused to listen.

When a student asked Nils Gilman (Chancellor Dirk’s Chief of Staff) under what conditions administrators would cancel the Milo event, he responded, ”…If there is a ‘clear and present danger'—this is the standard articulated by Justice Brandeis a number of years ago—but 'clear and present danger.’ That can only happen when the event is either basically happening or about to happen in order for it to be clear so you can actually literally see that there is a danger. So in other words, if there’s about to be a riot, and the police judge that there is about to be a riot, the police could, as a matter of public safety, say, 'This is not a situation where we have enough manpower where we can control and provide public safety. We’re gonna shut this thing down.’ But that can only happen if there is, as I say, a clear and present danger. That’s basically the standard that the supreme court, a hundred years of jurisprudence, has upheld. Did that answer your question?“

Conclusion: the UC Berkeley administration wanted a riot.”

USA. California. Berkeley. 1971. Black Panther co-founder Huey Newton hugs Central Committee member Elaine Brown at his house shortly after his release from prison on August 5, 1970. Brown later became chairman of the Panthers.

Photograph: Stephen Shame/Polaris

Riot, Protest, Start Shit. 

We’ve tried peaceful protests and nobody listens. Every liberal peaceful protest is met with a flood of people calling us whiners and mocking us. If they won’t listen to peaceful protests the only option is militancy. Make it so that they have no other option but to address our concerns, they have ignored us too long.

I support the actions taken by the citizens of Berkeley to stand up for what they believe in.