A new organization has pledged to come to the defense of conservatives who are fighting for their First Amendment rights on college campuses.
Nichole Neily has seen it, too, and she has decided to do something about it by starting legal organization Speech First, which supports and protects students and faculty members.
"It seems that, really at this point, the only thing that will bring some of these administrations into line is the threat of being hauled into court," Niely says. "And so that is exactly what we plan to do."
That's not the first course of action. Like similar groups fighting censorship, the pressure will come slowly at first: a letter and a phone call, then a parent or a donor demanding the school protect the First Amendment rights of conservatives.
If necessary, Neily says she'll drop the hammer and haul the college or university into a courtroom,
Speech First will start with three lawsuits this year with legal groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom helping her bring the challenges to court.
Neily tells OneNewsNow she started Speech First because standing up to a school full of dedicated liberals can be overwhelming.
"If they choose to stand for their free speech rights, which is obviously terrifying and lonely and expensive for them to do on their own," she says, "there's an army of people who will be with them."