Students from the Monterey Peninsula College received this email from Martin Johnson, interim vice president for student services:
Our campus was recently contacted by an organization called “Project Truth” informing us that they will visit our campus on September 16 & 17 , 2013, to practice free speech. Project Truth is an organization that will be handing out information to students and others “who are interested in discussing our issue of the sanctity of human life.” The organization has expressed that they “will be quiet and respectful, and will not hinder any foot traffic in areas open to the public.” Project Truth will set up displays that are considered by some to contain extremely graphic images that might upset those who see the images. Some images are of unborn fetuses in different stages of development.
While the images may be upsetting, the organization has the right to show these images as a matter of free speech. The group will be on campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on each of the days. It is important to note that they are acting within the boundaries of the Time, Place, and Manner Policy of the college. The First Amendment protects their right to engage opinions which may differ and they may confront those beliefs aggressively. It is important to note that our Time, Place, and Manner Policy does not permit the violation of lawful college regulations or the disruption of the orderly operation of the college. Security personnel will be observing the activities to ensure that the policies are adhered to by all parties.
If concerns need to be expressed, please forward them to my office by e-mail, in person or by calling 646-4190. Also, please refer to me any inquiries that you may receive from the media.
Another story that may be interesting to report on. Stay tuned.