Eric K. Ward

Freedom of speech is an integral part of the U.S.A’s national identity. It allows us to freely engage in civil discourse, openly critique powerful institutions, and promote new ideas to improve our society. However, freedom of speech is also used to justify hate speech. This has led to a series of questions that are increasingly being asked nationwide.

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KLCC's Angela Kellner sat down with Eric K. Ward last Friday when he was in Eugene for two speaking engagements at Temple Beth Israel. A rise in hate crimes in Oregon doesn't surprise this civil rights strategist but he says they don't happen in a vacuum. And he has a message for liberals and the younger generation.

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Temple Beth Israel in Eugene is hosting a nationally-renowned speaker Sunday to discuss the rise in anti-Semitism and white nationalism.