News Briefs: Richard Spencer Heckled in Florida, and More

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KleinLife Announces Annual Adopt-A-Family Campaign

KleinLife in Northeast Philadelphia is seeking individuals and organizations to fulfill holiday wish lists as part of its annual Adopt-A-Family Program.

“Every year we receive numerous holiday wish lists from area families who cannot afford to celebrate and observe the holiday period in full spirit with traditional gift giving,” according to Inna Gulko, social services manager at KleinLife and holiday program coordinator. “We’re looking for people and groups who can help out by providing gifts and toys on the wish lists.”

Anyone interested in participating may call Gulko at 215-698-7300, ext. 195 or email her at [email protected]

Richard Spencer Heckled in Florida, Files Suit in Pennsylvania, Ohio

White supremacist leader Richard Spencer’s Oct. 19 speech at the University of Florida was marked by hecklers who booed and chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “F___ you Spencer,” according to the Miami Herald.

In addition, Spencer’s booking agent filed a lawsuit in federal court Oct. 22 after The Ohio State University denied a request to rent campus space for a speech, JTA reported. A similar suit was filed Oct. 20 after Pennsylvania State University denied a Spencer request on similar grounds.

In Gainesville, Spencer supporters were heckled outside the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where Spencer spoke, The Orlando Weekly reported, noting that a man wearing a shirt with swastikas was punched.

The University of Florida houses the nation’s largest Jewish student population, with 9,400 students, and Gov. Rick Scott declared a countywide state of emergency prior to the event, according to JTA.

Spencer was allowed to speak after initially being rejected, as the university said the principles of free speech must be upheld. Security costs totaled more than $500,000, JTA said.

In Ohio, Ohio State told Cameron Padgett, who handles Spencer’s speaking engagements, that the request was denied because of “substantial risk to public safety.”

Ohio State has more than 2,700 Jewish undergraduates and about 350 Jewish graduate students.

The University of Cincinnati, which also was threatened with a lawsuit, agreed to host Spencer; no date has been set.

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