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Monterey College of Law, San Luis Obispo College of Law, and Kern County College of Law have announced that the nonprofit, three-law-school system will pause all Facebook and Instagram advertising in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign. This action reflects the law schools’ long-standing commitment to the fight against social injustice and in support of diversity in legal education and access to justice.

"Whereas we fully defend the First Amendment freedom of speech, it is simply not appropriate for our law schools to allow our advertising budgets to support corporate policies that do not challenge or restrict unprotected hate speech and the promotion of violence and racism,” said Mitchel L. Winick, President and Dean. “Our law schools join #StopHateForProfit in calling for Facebook to adopt responsible corporate policies to restrict content that endorses hate, bigotry, racism, sexism, antisemitism, and violence," said Winick.

Although these individual voices, as repugnant as their messages may be, may enjoy the personal freedom of speech that is protected under the Constitution, it does not mean that Facebook as a corporation should promote policies that allow it to profit from this content. "As an advertiser, we also have the right to choose the company we keep on social media platforms. For these reasons, in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, our law schools will pause our Facebook and Instagram advertising and call on our colleagues at other law schools to send a message by joining the Facebook and Instagram advertising boycott," said Winick.

The #StopHateForProfit campaign, organized by the ADL, NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Common Sense, Free Press, and Color of Change, calls on Facebook's advertisers to demand that the social media giant address its policy of allowing racist, violent, and verifiably false content to run on its platforms.

About Monterey College of Law, San Luis Obispo College of Law, and Kern County College of Law:

Monterey College of Law, San Luis Obispo College of Law, and Kern County College of Law are a nonprofit, three-law-school system known as “opportunity law schools” that support diversity in legal education and access to justice. Founded in 1972 by local lawyers and judges, the schools are accredited through the State Bar of California and provide part-time, evening J.D., LL.M., and Master of Legal Studies degree programs. In 2018, the program became one of only two accredited law schools in California authorized to offer hybrid online J.D. and Master of Legal Studies degree programs. During the recent Coronavirus crisis, all three of the law school’s programs transitioned their residential classes into the existing hybrid online J.D. and M.L.S. program to provide its students and faculty an uninterrupted, safe, quality legal education program. The law school recently announced that all 2020 – 2021 law school classes will continue in the hybrid online J.D. program until it is determined that it is safe to resume residential classes. At that point students will have the option of continuing in the hybrid online program or returning to residential classes. For more information, go to http://www.montereylaw.edu.

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