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Protesters at Laney College Disrupt Commencement Speech by Janet Napolitano

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Yesterday, FIRE released an extensive report on “disinvitation” trends since 2000, but we aren’t done reporting on this “disinvitation season” just yet. On Saturday, students at Laney College in California heckled University of California System President and former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as she attempted to address the graduating class. The Associated Students of Laney College, a student government organization, had called for Napolitano to be disinvited, but those opposed to her visit settled for a mix of silent and disruptive protests during the speech.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, some audience members booed, while others turned their backs on Napolitano or “pumped their fists as a gesture of defiance.” The latter two actions are examples of non-disruptive actions students….