Turning Point USA promoted Culture Shock! Tuesday with signs reading “Socialism Sucks.” The event will feature guest speakers discussing conservative views in politics in University Student Union Beach Auditorium April 9.
When nonprofit, right-wing organization Turning Point USA brought a flurry of conservative ideas to Long Beach State on Oct. 23, the university prepared itself with K-rail barriers, fencing and 70 police members. The event required dozens of personnel on standby, as well as added costs for LBSU, Turning Point USA and the Cal State University system. The total cost of the event was about $19,667.41, but according to Jeff Bliss, the university’s executive director of media, LBSU only paid $7,375.51. Bliss said there were 15 University Police officers and three K-9 officers — two of which were on loan from “neighboring agencies.” There were also four commanders. Two were from the university and two were from the CSU system’s Critical Response Unit. Also at the event were two chiefs — one from LBSU and one from the CRU. In addition, the university brought in 46 officers from throughout the CSU. University police received $382.04 in total for overtime costs. “In order to minimize overtime, schedules were adjusted for most staff to come in later that day knowing they would be staying late,” Bliss said. The extra officers not employed by LBSU came from the Chancellor’s Office and the CSU system.
Student coalition releases statement in response to university’s handling of Turning Point USA event
#WeAreCSULB, a coalition of student groups, published a statement Oct. 25 claiming that Long Beach State provides no protection or support for marginalized groups on campus. The statement was posted to the La Raza Student Association Instagram, following Turning Point USA’s event, Campus Clash Oct. 23. #WeAreCSULB is comprised of Anakbayan Long Beach, Black Student Union, California Autonomous Student Movement, La Raza Student Association, Queers and Allies, Students for Quality Education and the Young Democratic Socialists of America. Turning Point USA is an organization whose mission is “to identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government,” according to their website. “The institution has proven its negligence and violence once more to our community by allowing Turning Point USA’s event to take place on campus on October 23rd,” the statement reads. The student coalition said that the name Campus Clash implies violence and despite this, as well as the presence of police in riot gear and other security measures, President Jane Close Conoley still allowed this event to occur. “This was especially made clear by President Conoley’s letter where she falsely protected Hate Speech under the guise of freedom of speech,” the
Crowds of protesters chanted, "Go home fascist” and held signs that read phrases such as, “Unite to fight patriarchy and bigotry,” among other slogans on the bottom steps of the Long Beach State University Student Union Tuesday night. This protest was in response to Campus Clash, a talk hosted by Turning Point USA featuring conservative speakers Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens. Videos posted on Twitter showed shoving matches between protesters and TPUSA supporters. One man snatched a poster from the protesters which he attempted to tear, leading to one member of the crowd to spit on him. Shouts were exchanged between him and the crowd, with the man eventually walking away as the crowd chanted "go home fascist" to him. .@daily49er "Go home fascist" is the new chant of the protesters at the Campus Clash event. #49ernow pic.twitter.com/W5Q4eetbYW — Jaron Cofield (@JaronCofield) October 24, 2018 According to its website, TPUSA was founded in 2012 by Kirk and is a nonprofit conservative organization whose mission is to “identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government.” The USU Beach Auditorium was filled to max capacity while the 236 attendees who were allowed entry
Long Beach State will be a stop for Campus Clash, a Turning Point USA national tour featuring founder Charlie Kirk and communications director Candace Owens Tuesday. The seminar will be held in the University Student Union Beach Auditorium, located on the first floor of the USU. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m. Reentry will not be allowed. The audience will be video recorded. This event requires a ticket for entry. Tickets are available for free here and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The nonprofit organization has representation at over 1,300 college campuses. According to their website, the group's mission is to identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government. On the other side of the political spectrum, Long Beach Antifa has launched its movement, “Unwelcome on Campus,” to curb the efforts made by Turning Point. The organization’s website states: “We are calling for as many bodies to show up in opposition to TPUSA and converge in front of Beach Auditorium.” The movement will begin at 6 p.m. outside the Beach Auditorium. “A lot of people who don’t like [Turning
Move over Milo — American conservative activist and journalist James O’Keefe is coming to Cal State Long Beach Monday to speak to students about media corruption. O’Keefe is the author of “American Pravada: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News” and founder of Project Veritas, an organization committed to “exposing corruption and bias” in media and public institutions. The right-wing political activist is known for publishing video and audio recordings of public figures and organizations to reveal illegal behavior. The author has come under scrutiny for editing videos that skewed the meaning of conversations by public figures. The event is hosted by student-run organization Turning Point USA, and will take place on the first floor of the University Student Union. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with O’Keefe set to speak at 8 p.m. The talk is free and students can RSVP here.
Students clustered around tables in the “free speech zone” outside of the University Bookstore Thursday to discuss controversial issues and connect with people who hold different political perspectives. Marketplace of Ideas, hosted by Young Americans for Liberty, was created to bring people together and encourage them to engage in political discussions. It was comprised of various political clubs on campus, including the Cal State Long Beach chapters of Turning Point USA, College Democrats and Students for Life. According to Jael Espinoza, senior political science and international studies major and YAL president, the groups planned the tabling event to raise awareness about political groups on campus. “We want to let our student body and campus community know that there is intellectual diversity on campus... and we actually support it,” Espinoza said. “We want to engage with the community in a completely peaceful and lawful way.” During the first hour of the event, Associated Students Inc. held a rally to protest the potential tuition increase for the 2018-19 school year. As members of the Students for Quality Education rallied against a CSU tuition increase over a megaphone, the smaller political groups competed to attract as much attention as possible despite the volume.
With socialism rising in popularity across college campuses according to Reason.com, Cal State Long Beach has finally joined the party as the Youth Democratic Socialists of America held its first official recruitment meeting in the library Thursday. Organizers of the event saw around 10 students gathered into a cubicle on the fifth floor of the library, including members of parent organizations Democratic Socialists of America branches in Long Beach and Los Angeles. “I was involved with DSA Long Beach in their anti-racism committee and fighting for a sanctuary city,” Jordan Doering, a senior mechanical engineering major said. “When I heard [the university] was getting its own youth branch I was excited since my school schedule doesn’t allow me to go to the DSA’s night meetings.” The leftist movement has seen a resurgence in America recently, largely in part with democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and his support for democratic socialism. The movement focuses largely on issues of economic equality, feminism and racial equality. Ana Leon, a junior economics major and founding member of the Long Beach youth branch, began the night with an overview of the organization, a brief history of its creation and its political stances and ideals. She also