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Chemeketa Students for Life v. Members of the Chemeketa Bd. of Educ.

February 2020
Chemeketa Community College (Public college or university)
Salem, Oregon, United States

Identity of Speakers

  • Emma Howell and Marcos Sanchez
    Student
    Other

    Emma Howell and Marcos Sanchez are students at Chemeketa Community College and serve as co-presidents of Chemeketa Students for Life.

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Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Rally or protest
    Other
  • Incident Responses:
    University administration not protective of speech
    Litigation
  • Incident Status:
    In litigation State Court
  • No protest Occured
  • Was Speech Code incident

Summary

The Chemeketa Students for Life is a student-run anti-abortion group at Chemeketa Community College. The group holds events, passes out fliers, and organizes demonstrations on Chemeketa’s campus. In February of 2020, the group filed suit against the College for requiring students to provide the school with notice two weeks prior to a demonstration and restricting demonstration to two “free speech zones” on campus. Emma Howell and Marcos Sanchez are co-presidents of the organization and serve as the named plaintiffs. They claim that they must be able to spontaneously demonstrate in order to effectively communicate their message. They also argue that the free speech zones on campus are too small, and that, absent the school’s restrictive policies, they would hand out fliers and demonstrate more often. The group is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian non-profit organization.