Abortion protesters display posters at American River College’s main campus

Having an open campus allows protesters to be on grounds


Abortion protesters display posters near the library and Student Center at American River College on Oct. 17 and 18. (Photo by Lorraine Barron)

On Oct. 17 and 18, abortion protesters displayed graphic photos near the library and student center of American River College. 

The protesters also handed out pamphlets about abortions. 

Protesters made an effort to speak to students about the subject. Some played instruments and sang in an attempt to get the students attention. 

The Los Rios Police Department were on foot in the area.

According to Scott Crow, ARC’s public information officer, citizens have the right to protest on campus. 

“American River College is committed to ensuring that all persons may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech and assembly,” Crow said in an email to the Current. 

The ARC campus is an open campus. This permits outsiders to be on the grounds of ARC.

“By law and district policy, the outside areas of our campuses are public forms-like streets, parks or town squares-where the protection of speech is at its highest,” Crow said. “In a way, our entire campuses are free speech zones.”