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June 26, 2015

COLLEGE DECLARES HAYMARKET RIOT REFERENCE A VIOLENT THREAT TO COLLEGE PRESIDENT: Oakton Community College in Illinois is insisting that a one-sentence “May Day” email referencing the Haymarket Riot sent by a faculty member to several colleagues constituted a “true threat” to the college president. Why?  Because the famous workers’ rally in Chicago “resulted in 11 deaths and more than 70 people injured.” As FIRE’s Ari Cohn noted, “The United States Department of the Interior has designated the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument a National Historic Landmark. If remembering the Haymarket Riot is a ‘true threat,’ the monument itself would be illegal.”