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Twelve groups have issued a joint statement opposing President Trump's pledge to issue an executive order to bar federal research funds from institutions that are determined not to support free speech. "There are and always will be individuals on campus and in society generally who wish to silence those with whom they disagree. But punitive and simplistic measures will only exacerbate the problems they may create," says the joint statement.

The groups are:

  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Association of University Presses
  • Authors Guild
  • Defending Rights & Dissent Foundation
  • Freedom to Read Foundation
  • League of United Latin American Citizens Young Adult Council 44016
  • National Coalition Against Censorship
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • People for the American Way
  • UnKoch My Campus