Gov. DeSantis Orders UFSJP to Shut Down

Gov. DeSantis Orders UFSJP to Shut Down

Updated Mar 31 | Due to Gov. Desantis’ order for UFSJP to shut down and halt public demonstrations being a violation of their first amendment rights, the group sued the Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, Ray Rodrigues, who sent the order in consultation with the governor.

On January 31st the court found that Floridan officials do not intend to deactivate UFSJP after denying the group‘s request for a preliminary injunction.

A member of UFSJP and author of a press release on ACLU wrote about their mixed feelings on the decision.

“Although the court did not rule on our First Amendment claims, it’s a relief to know that the court concluded our chapter does not currently face deactivation.”

On October 24, Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida (UFSJP) to shut down.

The chancellor of Florida’s university system, Ray Rodrigues, doing so in consultation with the governor, wrote a letter to Florida University presidents ordering student groups supporting Palestine to shut down.

Rodrigues calls the student group's actions supportive of terrorist activities.

UFSJP rejected the order, calling it “disgraceful.” They held a walkout yesterday and released a statement as a response to DeSantis’ order.

“On behalf of Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida, we find the recent attempt by the DeSantis administration to shut down our chapter disgraceful.
Governor DeSantis continues to disrespect American values such as freedom of speech to extend his political power. To bend the law in this manner shows the utmost disrespect not only to any pro-Palestinian organization, but also to anyone who truly cares for political freedom and freedom of speech.
If followed through, a precedent would be set to shut down any organization that does not align with the ideals held by Governor DeSantis, making this not just a setback for those who oppose apartheid, settler-colonialism and genocide, but for any who challenge the status quo.
We reject the basis on which Governor DeSantis defies the Constitution by limiting our right to freedom of speech.”

DeSantis has been a strong pro-Israel and anti-Hamas advocate throughout his presidential campaign. If elected, he’s promised to cancel student visas and deport them if they’re deemed to be supporting Hamas.

Jack Walden

Jack Walden

Jack Walden is the creator of Gnvinfo and a 2nd year journalism major at Santa Fe College. From general information, to exposing falsehoods and corruption, Jack seeks to deliver the truth.
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