(TargetLiberty.org) – On Thursday the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) along with a pro-Palestine student group announced that they were filing a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and the University of Florida system after they attempted to take away the freedom of speech rights of the group.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the ACLU pointed out that who represents the student group Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida, pointed out that the group was filing a lawsuit against both DeSantis and the leadership of the university after they had worked to violate their First Amendment rights. As it pointed out the group had been deactivated as a publication for making a statement.
The lawsuit has been jointly filed by ACLU, Palestine Legal, and ACLU Florida all of which are co-representing the group. In the filing, they challenged the university chancellor’s order which was targeting the group. In the order by Raymond Rodrigues, the university chancellor, he noted that after consulting with the state’s governor it was agreed that the official recognition of the group in the university would be removed.
Rodriguez in his order cited the Students for Justice in Palestine statement. This reference has been the entire basis used by the ACLU for the creation of the lawsuit where they argue that the order was a big allegation simply based on a statement made by the group.
The ACLU also posted on X, that there should not be a punishment for local student group chapters and their national organizations are separate, and as such they should not be collectively punished. It was also added that student groups should not be censored for making speeches that the university disliked or disagreed with.
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