Police stood in full riot gear, standing guard as the school took extensive security measures, shutting down surrounding buildings and setting up a large perimeter around the hall where Shapiro began speaking Thursday night. The school faces a critical test on whether it can prevent violence from breaking out during the event . As the speech took place, the protests outside appeared peaceful.
Officials are hoping to avoid the kind of violence that erupted on campus1 when right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos came to speak in February . Protesters caused $100,000 worth of damage to the public university when they threw fireworks, rocks and Molotov cocktails on campus, forcing the event to be canceled . The university blamed “150 masked agitators” for some of the violence, during which some conservatives were attacked.
That event prompted questions about whether UC Berkeley, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s, could host different ideas, including conservative speakers, on its famously liberal campus. Berkeley police said three arrests had been made as of 7 p.m . local time . Officers were confronting people who were covering their faces as they had promised they would. “I’m excited to speak with the students,” Shapiro told CNN sister network HLN before the event. “I’m not excited about what may transpire outside the building.”
According to a Facebook page about the event, Shapiro’s speech is entitled “Say No to Campus Thuggery.” “Mr . Shapiro will be speaking about leftist political violence, a topic that has engulfed the city of Berkeley and the University of California recently,” the event page said.
Inside the auditorium, Shapiro blasted identity politics of the left and the notion that speech can be a form of violence. This wasn’t be Shapiro’s first time speaking at UC Berkeley . He spoke there in April 2016 with little fanfare or protest. But this time around, protesters and onlookers gathered outside. “I really don’t think it has anything to do with me,” Shapiro had said before the event. “I think it’s anyone perceived as conservative by Antifa and radical left groups like that, is immediately called a Nazi and a fascist.” He was invited back on campus by the Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation.
“Antifa” is short for anti-fascists, a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform . The group doesn’t have an official leader or headquarters, although groups in certain states hold regular meetings . Some people who identify with the group have been blamed for violence during demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in the city of Berkeley in August.
Shapiro is not a Donald Trump supporter and sharply disagrees with Yiannopoulos, whom he calls a “provocateur.” He has also been listed as one of the top 10 Jewish journalists to receive the most online abuse by the Anti-Defamation League in 2016. 2
Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, was critical of Antifa and how Berkeley authorities have handled political events in the city this year.
“I think that Antifa has decided that Berkeley is a city that they now own . They’re almost treating it like a territory,” he told HLN. “I don’t blame Berkeley for Antifa . I blame Berkeley for letting Antifa get away with this.” In anticipation of Thursday’s event, the Berkeley City Council authorized police to use pepper spray on violent protesters, reversing a 20-year ban on the weapon, CNN affiliates reported.
UC Berkeley has also vowed to step up security measures, saying the school has learned lessons from the Yiannopoulos incident. “We don’t intend to abandon our commitment to free speech or our commitment to the safety and well-being of our campus community,” Dan Mogulof, spokesman for UC Berkeley told CNN affiliate KPIX. He added that police will stop anyone wearing a mask and confront people acting unlawfully.
Counseling to be offered for students and staff
The school will also provide support and counseling services for students and staff over the Shapiro event. “We are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging,” said a UC Berkeley notice sent to students. “No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe . For that reason, the following support services are being offered and encouraged.” It went on to list student and employee support services. Shapiro mocked the notion that students may need counseling due to his speech.
“If you feel you need counseling because of my speech, you probably did need some sort of psychiatric help before that,” he told HLN.
Berkeley weighs free speech issue
Yiannopoulos has posted online that he intends to be on campus later this month for Free Speech Week with Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist; and conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter in an event organized by a group called the Berkeley Patriot.
The Free Speech Movement started at UC Berkeley6 in 1964 after students protested en masse when administrators tried to restrict their political activities on campus . On a typical day, activists for various causes line Sproul Plaza, the area that serves as a gateway into the university
One man standing outside the university decried the security measures instituted by the school for Thursday’s event.
We need more protest, not police state intimidation.”
CNN’s Dan Simon contributed to this report from Berkeley .
CNN’s Braden Walker, Joe Sterling and Alanne Orjoux contributed to this report.
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Paul Bassett explains the steps HR must take to keep staff safe and encourage resilience in difficult times
Security crises of multiple kinds loom as credible threats to UK organisations and their employees . From emergency repatriation and being caught up in a terrorist attack to kidnap while travelling overseas and extortion, almost every company faces the possibility of suffering dramatic, disruptive events that can also have unsettling, damaging and potentially long-lasting effects on their people.
In today s fast-evolving climate of security threats, the risk is tangible . In a recent YouGov poll for Arthur J .
Gallagher, two in five (40 per cent) large UK companies reported already experiencing a security threat in the past 24 months, and accepted that the risk is rising . Small organisations can just as easily be affected, and are often more vulnerable, but the research found that UK SMEs are underprepared only 17 per cent had tried to assess their exposure.
To ensure any organisation maximises its resilience and employees wellbeing, they must proactively engage and coordinate the efforts of all key functions to successfully anticipate, prevent, respond and recover from these threats . HR departments have a central role to play in these resilience-building efforts, not least because every company has a legal duty of care to its employees.
HR must work alongside risk, security, finance, IT, communications, legal and real estate with planning, preparation and training lying at the heart of the process.
To help satisfy your duty of care to employees who may be involved in an incident, HR teams should:
ensure all employees know which colleagues are involved in crisis response, and require them to provide and regularly update their emergency contact details and personal information;
maintain real-time information about colleagues movements, and provide them with an effective information flow regarding safety critical issues;
provide situational awareness training, such as what to do if caught up in civil commotion or a marauding terrorist attack, incorporating the UK counter-terrorism police s run, hide, tell recommendation;
create a robust process and clear awareness of travel emergency response, including medical assistance information, evacuation and repatriation procedures, together with contact details; and
offer access to post-incident trauma counselling and other return-to-work support for those caught up in and negatively affected by security events.
Employers must avoid a box ticking approach to anticipating and preventing security threats . From the top down and the bottom up, everyone must understand the importance of resilience-building measures . This is where cross-functional coordination is key.
The first step is to anticipate . What threats might the business face ? From an HR perspective, the question should be recast: what threats may employees face ? Being small, remote or low profile does not make you immune many of today s security threats are often not targeted at any particular organisation or industry . HR departments should brainstorm these questions, perhaps with support from risk specialists.
The second step is prevention .
Appropriate training and regular updates are a good example of preventative measures . Simple communication can often avert a crisis . When employees are on the road, for example, they can be required to check in at intervals, alleviating concerns that, should a terrorist or other security incident suddenly occur, they are affected or involved.
The third step, to respond, has its foundation in excellent planning . Cool heads should prevail in times of crisis, and that is much more likely when delegated individuals take the lead and follow carefully prepared crisis response plans . Everyone in the organisation should be aware of these leaders responsibilities.
Unfortunately, Gallagher s research found that only two-thirds of large UK companies have either a business continuity or disaster recovery plan, with only half of those regularly testing them . Fewer still (59 per cent) have a crisis management plan . Among SMEs, the picture was worse 43 per cent have no crisis or continuity plans at all . This reveals a large gap in UK companies crisis resilience and, ultimately, employee welfare.
The final step is recovery . When events do happen, a swift return to business-as-usual is a key goal .
From a people perspective, that means ensuring every employee affected has the post-incident help and support they need to recover and return to work.
Paul Bassett is managing director for crisis management at Arthur J .
It can be a challenge finding a new job but for those looking in Swadincote and Ashby there are a variety of roles on offer . From working in a factory to keeping customers safe while they are out shopping, there are jobs on offer across a wide range of sectors. For those looking for something different, a new challenge or even their first job, here are some of the roles on offer at the moment.
Simplified Recruitment is on the look-out for reach truck drivers to join a market leader in global logistics . The successful applicant will work at the busy distribution centre in Swadlincote. The recruiter is looking for someone who can perform any number of tasks including driving of FLTs, picking, packing, putaway, Ecomm processing, loading and unloading, PI counting, hygiene, returns and be able to use desktop PCs and laptops.
Securitas is looking for someone with a sense of integrity, security know-how and desire to serve to join the team as it makes up the core of the company. The successful applicant will need an SIA security licence and be immaculately turned out, polite and pro-active when engaging with customers to ensure a complete customer experience is provided.
Requirements of the role include security experience, an SIA security licence, a full driving licence and access to a vehicle. Anyone interested has until September 4 to perfect their applications and more information on what is required is available here4.
GBA Services is looking for someone to take responsibility for maintaining and developing specific customer accounts, which will involve quoting and sourcing the best possible logistics option for a variety of customers from various industries. The successful candidate will have a logistics background ideally within express freight and experience managing customer expectations and developing sales as well as strong leadership and communication skills.
Applicants must have previous experience of working towards KPIs and recording information accurately and to tight deadlines . Anyone interested has until September 11 to apply and more information is available here6.
JR Personnel is on the look-out to provide a professional and business-like service to customers at a company in Ashby. They are looking for someone to efficiently deal with credit control tasks, chase payments on the phone and liaise with other departments relating to customer relations/service requirements.
The successful applicant will be a confident person with excellent customer skills and phone manner as well as being able to use Microsoft office skills and be highly organised.