The road to U.C. Berkeley was not an easy one for Moreno Valley's Jamal Samuel. Unbeknownst to most of his fellow students and teachers, Jamal spent his junior and senior year of high school at a homeless shelter.
Last week, when the Berkeley Jewish Student Union voted to bar J Street's student organization from membership, the message it sent was regrettably clear: The choice is up to you -- you can be welcomed as a Jew, or you can speak your mind on Israel.
Police officers will only abuse their power to harm civilians if they believe that their chain of command will support their actions. These events happen because of the absolute failure of moral leadership by people like Chancellor Katehi.
Universities are supposed to be laboratories in and of themselves, allowing students to explore their education and interests. This can include becoming passionate about issues and exercising one's First Amendment rights as an expression of such.