Misconceptions surrounding Ann Coulter’s now-canceled visit to campus

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The actions of UC Berkeley administration regarding Ann Coulter’s pending visit to campus have generated heavy criticism from many community members, who are alleging that the administration is violating First Amendment rights. There have been numerous misconceptions surrounding the highly controversial issue.

Misconception No. 1: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín is affiliated with Antifa

On Friday, media outlets such as Breitbart and Gateway Pundit alleged that Mayor Jesse Arreguín is a member and supporter of activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, because he is Facebook friends with BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca. The outlets also equated BAMN with the anti-fascist movement Antifa, although BAMN is a separate group from Antifa.

Stefan Elgstrand, Arreguín’s chief of staff, confirmed in an email that Arreguín is not a member of BAMN. Arreguín also denied the allegations, adding that he does not support Antifa’s views.

“On social media, following or liking pages does not mean you support what that group is doing,” Arreguín said in an email. “I follow Donald Trump on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s saying. Would Breitbart suggest that makes me a Trump supporter?”

Arreguín alleged in his email that Breitbart is purposely broadcasting false information to portray Berkeley as anti-free speech. He emphasized that the city does its utmost to protect freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.

Misconception No. 2: Berkeley doesn’t have classes May 2, so there will be no students on campus that day

Coulter responded to the campus’s postponement of her event in a tweet Thursday, stating that she couldn’t speak May 2 because “THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!”

People outside of the city, who may not be familiar with the campus’s Review, Reading and Recitation — or RRR — week, responded to the tweet, alleging that the campus is actively trying to distract from Coulter’s appearance.

Campus students explained that the last week of instruction occurs before RRR week, and that RRR week, also known as “dead week,” is a week without classes that allows students time to catch up on their coursework.

“I feel like there’s a lot of people on campus during dead week — libraries are always packed,” said campus freshman Jagpinder Singh Dhaliwal.

Campus senior Priya Patel also emphasized that there are many events happening on campus during dead week.

Many campus students stated that the administration shouldn’t prevent Coulter from visiting the campus. They added, however, that they didn’t believe the allegations that the campus is actively undermining the event.

“She’s trying to imply students are not here,” said campus freshman Tanthai Pongstein. “Students are more likely to go because there are no classes. There’s less commitment.”

Misconception No. 3: There is a new “high-profile speaker policy” that lets the administration place restrictions on a speaker’s visitation

Berkeley College Republicans’ attorney Harmeet Dhillon alleged in the lawsuit filed against campus administrators that they held a meeting with UCPD, Berkeley Police Department and members from Arreguín’s office to adopt a new policy “that would impose more stringent restrictions on events involving ‘high-profile speakers.’ ” Dhillon alleged in the suit that the campus is enforcing a “high-profile speaker policy.”

According to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof, however, the alleged policy doesn’t exist. Mogulof said campus administrators work to ensure the community’s safety and that UCPD offers recommendations for each campus event based solely on safety assessments.

“Every event is evaluated by police on its own merits,” Mogulof said. “That is not based on the perspective of the speaker nor based on their public profile. It is based solely on UCPD’s security assessments and recommendations.”

Misconception No. 4: Antifa is the only group that plans to use violence

Mogulof said there is “real, significant … intelligence” regarding threats related to Coulter and her campus visit. He added that these threats are coming from across the political spectrum.

A thread on 4chan, an online community forum, appears to include responses from several right-wing supporters who are threatening to use violence April 27 against anticipated Antifa protesters.

“UCPD has been very vocal about the fact that they have inside info on various groups who will use violence,” said Pranav Jandhyala, BridgeUSA founder and co-president.

Jandhyala added that BridgeUSA has been receiving threatening messages, stating that Coulter’s visit will lead to another protest similar to those regarding Milo Yiannopoulos in February.

Coulter has said repeatedly that she is coming to the campus April 27, as originally planned, regardless of what the campus says.

Mogulof said in an email that he is aware of Coulter’s intention to visit the campus this week. UC San Francisco’s UCPD has been called in to assist, according to its Office of the Chief.

“Together with our police department we will be doing what we can to provide safety and security to our students, other members of the campus community, the public and Ms. Coulter,” Mogulof said in his email.

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  • WRONG!

    its okay dan, the skeptics club is always open for membership.

  • Jay Beswick
  • Jay Beswick

    Read very carefully
    Profile & Interviews with BAMN/Yvette Felarca; …. ..Born in 1970, UC Berkeley graduate Yvette Felarca is a social studies teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. She also serves on the Berkeley Federation of Teachers’ executive board. In a 2012 speech to fellow union members, Felarca claimed that “public education is under an insidious and full-scale attack” from people wishing to implement “a free-market, privatized model” of education. “We are at war” with “charter school promoters,” she declared.

    Felarca is best known as a national organizer with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a self-described “militant anti-facist group.” Moreover, she has been an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement and a participant in Black Lives Matter-connected protests on the UC Berkeley campus.

    Defending the use of “militant” political demonstrations – i.e., riots – that commonly result in property destruction, Felarca told the New York Times in 2014: “Riots are the voice of the unheard.” “You can never replace the lives of Michael Brown and Eric Garner,” she added in a reference to two black men who had died in highly publicized altercations with police officers earlier that year, “but you can always replace broken windows.”

    On June 26, 2016, Felarca and BAMN led some 400 protesters in a series of pre-planned attacks against a group of approximately 30 members of the white-supremacist Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP) who were scheduled to hold a rally on the steps of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento. The rally never took place, however, because Felarca and her comrades violently assaulted them with their fists as well as clubs, rocks, and pepper spray. By the time the mayhem was over, numerous people had been injured, including two who were critically wounded. Felarca, at one point, shoved a TWP member and repeatedly shouted “Get the f**k off our streets!” Within a few moments, several of Felarca’s male accomplices tackled that individual and viciously beat him.

    On the premise that the “racist demagoguery” of newly elected President Donald Trump “gives Nazis a green light” and should not be protected by the First Amendment, Felarca, said in the aftermath of the attacks: “The goal today was to shut down the Nazis’ recruitment rally [and] … [w]e succeeded in doing that.” The “Nazi scum,” she added, were “not able to hold any kind of demonstration … because of the militant, integrated direct action of the people who came out” and exercised their “right to self-defense.”

    In September 2016, the Berkeley School District placed Felarca on involuntary paid leave because of her “inappropriate conduct” in Sacramento. Felarca, however, alleged that her suspension was due chiefly to the fact that she was involved with BAMN.

    In February 2017 at UC Berkeley, Felarca and many of her BAMN comrades staged a loud, violent riot that forced the popular gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos to cancel a speech that he was scheduled to deliver on campus. Noting that Yiannopoulos was affiliated with conservative author and activist David Horowitz, Felarca described the latter as a “Holocaust denier.” In reality, Horowitz for decades has been a staunch defender of Israel and the Jewish people, and has written and spoken extensively about the horrors of the Holocaust.

    “This is not about free speech,” Felarca said of Yiannopoulos’s speaking tour. “These are not people who are interested in any genuine debate. They hide behind that hypocritically to try to shut up and put in our places women or Muslims or minorities or oppressed groups. But what they are really trying to do is they’re trying to assert their power, threaten us, intimidate us, rape us, kill us…. I promise you, if we work together and we stay united, we can … shut this fu**er [Yiannopoulos] down, we can get rid of Donald Trump.”

    All told, more than 1,500 protesters gathered at Sproul Plaza on the Berkeley campus, chanting and holding placards that read: “No safe space for racists” and “This is war.” Some of the demonstrators hurled commercial-grade fireworks and rocks at police; threw Molotov cocktails that ignited fires; smashed windows of the student union center where Yiannopoulos had been slated to speak; tore down metal barriers; set fires near the campus bookstore; and damaged the construction site where a new dorm was being built. “As police dispersed the crowd from campus,” said one news report, “a remaining group of protesters moved into downtown Berkeley and smashed windows at several local banks.”

    In a television interview conducted after the Berkeley riot, Felarca described Yiannopoulos as a “fascist,” “an acolyte of Donald Trump,” and a “white supremacist” who “was on the UC Berkeley campus to try to recruit more fascists and to wage attacks on Muslim students, immigrant students, women and trans students.” Moreover, Felarca warned that if Yiannopoulos were to ever again schedule a speech at Berkeley, she and her allies would “make clear to him, directly to his face, that he is not welcome and we will shut him down by any means necessary!” When asked whether a nonviolent form of protest might have been preferable to what actually had occurred, Felarca replied: “You know, I think that the left has been far too timid for way too long, and it’s why we’d even gotten in this position, where we even have someone like Donald Trump leading a fascist movement as the President of the United States. We need to make sure that we have more mass protests, more militant protests that are mass and militant.” She further declared that “we have an obligation” to use any and all measures, including violence, against “the right wing and the fascists in this country,” and that the chaos at Berkeley “should be the model for how the movement needs to take things now in the future.” Acknowledging that her “movement” to thwart the Trump agenda was “not spontaneous” in any way, Felarca said: “This is about organizing and fighting by any means necessary.”

    The entire Berkeley affair could have been avoided, Felarca claimed, if only the university’s chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, had heeded the advice of the “hundreds of professors who demanded” that Yiannopoulos’s appearance be called off “for safety reasons.” She reasoned that Dirks was “responsible for anything that happened,” since “he had a chance to cancel the event.” Felarca then shrugged off the significance of the property damage that had occurred as a result of the riots: “A few broken windows is nothing compared to the lives that are at stake. And if that’s what it takes in order to make sure that more people don’t get targeted—if that’s what it takes to make sure that Milo Yiannopoulos or another white supremacist is not welcome or allowed to come to UC Berkeley and attack our community, then good. Let’s make sure then that doesn’t happen in the future.”

  • jim hoch

    According to Christine Lee if someone denies something that is the end of the story, case closed. That would certainly eliminate the need for courts.

  • Derek_V

    More liberal propaganda masking as “setting the facts straight”.

  • Jay Beswick

    Maybe Berkeley missed the Yvette Felarca interview on FOX NEWS where she took credit for the Bay Area Riots and justified the violence. What maybe 2 or 3 million viewers watched this. Are they incompetent? Biased! Someone give them the interview link. Felarca bragged on National Television.

  • Jay Beswick

    Do the UC or Berkeley Police need help identifying the riot organizers? You need to look at the invitations BAMN members put up on social media. Bring weapons, cover your face. A fund to cover lawyer fees and medical injuries. I have that donor list to. The police are a joke, if they can not figure out the source of the violence. I graduated from Santa Rosa Criminal Justice Center a local police Academy. I would be ashamed to say I haven’t investigated BAMN and be Law Enforcement! Read the BAMN Social Media, its all there!

  • Jay Beswick

    Below is a list of some BAMN members but certainly not a comprehensive list.
    Similar groups exist now all over EU and US which only serve to destroy
    whatever is left of Europe and America on the road to global serfdom.

    ***************** BAMN AFFILIATES ************************

    http://www.bamn.com/ (affiliated with both organizations)

    AAAED was founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action

    * AAAED – American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity
    * LEAD – The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity
    * UEAALDF – United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund
    * BAMN – By Any Means Necessary
    * DAAP – Defend Affirmative Action Party

    Donations come primarily from the following

    Kellogg Foundation
    Detroit Federation of Teachers
    The Ford Foundation
    The Impact Fund
    California Federation of Teachers
    Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
    Southern Poverty Law Center
    Volunteers for Affirmative Action (Flint)
    Michigan Federation of Teachers
    Judge Gregory Mathis
    Inner City Miracle
    Law Students for Affirmative Action
    Center for Constitutional Rights
    Citizens for Affirmative Action’s Preservation
    San Francisco Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
    AFSCME Local 312 (DOT)
    UAW International
    Michigan AFLCIO
    Judge Greg Mathis
    UAW Local 6000
    Buck Dinner (Fund for Equal Justice)
    International Longshoremen’s Assoc. Local 1414
    Movement For Justice
    SEIU Local 79
    Bowling Green State University (several departments)
    Michigan Education Association
    Committee to Elect Sharon McPhail
    AFSCME Local 207 (Public Workers)
    SEIU Local 790
    Oakland Education Association
    Steelecase Inc.
    Women Law Students Association
    Laborer’s International Union Local: 645
    SEIU Local 535
    Michigan Human Right Campaign
    United Steel Workers of America Local 295
    Steve Conn & Heather Miller
    Dr. Melvin Murphy
    Wilma Chan, California State Assembly Majority Leader
    United Educators of San Francisco (UESF)
    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
    Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 (AC Transit workers, Oakland, CA)

    [ BAMN

    BAMN are supposedly the “militant” faction of UEAA made up of cultural
    marxists and other degenerates who’ve never lived under communist rule.

    “Useful idiots” as Yuri Bezmenov once said.

    I’ve recorded some names and twitter accounts for my own interest as
    this BAMN organization is like some throwback to 1960s when USSR funded
    similar so-called “militant” groups.


    Although the BAMN site is registered to the following Mr. Phillips,
    it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a member.

    438 W. GRAND AVENUE #616
    CALIFORNIA 94612-2335

    [email protected]

    So-called coordinator of BAMN. Smells more like a subverter.


    Detroit, Michigan

    CELL PHONE : 313-468-3398 (Verizon)
    OLD NUMBER : 313-656-4208
    APPROX. 56 years old


    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    National Coordinator, BAMN: By Any Means Necessary
    Affiliated with Socialist party of michigan

    Michael Mulholland

    Member Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, Immigrant Rights
    Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN).
    Detroiter Local AFSCME leader


    Liana Mulholland
    Detroit BAMN organizer
    UEAA at Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

    Detroit, Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Oakland, California


    Yvette Felarca
    Oakland California

    BAMN National Organizer, Bay Area Coordinator


    • Jay Beswick

      Financial Donors of BAMN/Yvette Felarca, Donna Stern & Benjammin Phillips

      Oakland Education Association
      United Educators of San Francisco (UESF)
      San Francisco Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
      California Federation of Teachers
      Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)

      So if Yvette admits she organized the rtots on FOX News, who are the Police to say she is wrong???
      She is Regional Director of BAMN & a settled lawsuit with UC Berkeley means the college knows exactly who she is.

  • Jay Beswick

    I have BAMN invitations to riot and instructions for the Sacramento Riots. Why don’t we read the 2,000 page CHP report on the 6-26-16 riots and who created it. Teachers Union thugs!

  • Jay Beswick

    Berkeley needs to contact the Dept of Homeland Security and ask them about BAMN The Yvette Felarca we know!

    BAMN: Yvette Felarca, BAMN Presidential Candidate for AFT

    The AFT Must Defend Public Education!

    Act Like a Union! Take Strike Action

    and Actions in the Streets!

    Build the New Civil Rights Movement! No New Jim Crow!

    Arne Duncan Out Now!

    Elect a Leadership that Fights to Win!

    We are in an unprecedented situation. We now have a President, who our union uncritically supports, who has carried out the most thoroughgoing and racist attack against public education in over 100 years while doing what no other President has dared to do, viciously and relentlessly attack our union and the most important gains we made since our founding. All of the policies carried out by Education Secretary Arne Duncan have only exacerbated the inequalities in educational opportunity and outcomes based on race and class. His ideological war against public school teachers and the public school system has failed at winning any popular support. The public schools are still regarded as a treasured achievement.

    So why has the attack been allowed to go forward? The answer is simple. Our union leadership believes that our union’s only hope lies in our ability to suck up to the powers that be. They assume this long period of labor quiescence that they have created, established beyond a doubt that the unions and the other movements and organizations of the oppressed are too weak to win. They confuse their loyalty and desperate subservience to the Democrats with a clever strategy that will somehow, someday restore the American middle class. Van Roekel and company believe it is an honor to be the tip of the tail of the Democratic Party. They believe this is the only prudent strategy for our union to follow and they are wrong on every count.

    BAMN believes the exact opposite. We believe that our union is strong. We believe that the rich and powerful are not the only force that can make and change history. The years of supplication have achieved nothing. Despite all the mass layoffs, blows to seniority and tenure and attacks on academic freedom we have had to weather, our union remains the strongest force in the battle to defend public education. If we stop carrying out the losing policy of relying solely on electoral politics and unquestioningly handing over tens of millions of dollars to the Democrats, we can be powerful enough to reverse the losses we have suffered. But we must act. We must be bold. And we must stop avoiding using the most powerful weapons we have in our arsenal, the ability to strike and to call mass actions in the street. A call by our union leadership for mass mobilizations would moralize hundreds of thousands of teachers, our students, the Latina/o, black and immigrant communities that are chafing under the new Jim Crow, and all of those who are tired of being “disappointed” by the failures of the Democrats and are just itching for a fight. If you elect BAMN, we pledge to turn our union back into a union and to give every teacher who can not stand what is happening to us and public education the opportunity to assert our power, restore our dignity and finally fight to win.

    BAMN pledges to tell the truth. Four years of Arne Duncan trying to create a parallel, stratified non-union system of charter schools counter-posed to public education have failed to achieve anything but the denial of public education to millions of black, Latina/o and immigrant students. Race to the Top has been an abject failure by any measure, and is transparently aimed at demoralizing teachers, and destroying union gains. We pledge to do every thing in our power to get rid of Arne Duncan. We will not let President Obama confuse our endorsement of him with a vow of silence. We will fight to get our union to put demands on the Democrats and make clear we have an independent agenda that we are fighting for which we will not subordinate to any misguided electoral strategy.

    There is a new movement fighting for public education on campuses and in communities across the nation. BAMN has led student struggles to defend higher education on campuses and across the country. We have championed and helped organize the Latina/o and immigrant communities’ fight for the DREAM Act, and path to citizenship, and equality. We teach students in predominantly black and Latina/o schools and have had the pleasure and honor of walking out and occupying with them in cities across the country. We have prevented the firing of pro-student and anti-racist teachers and even principals and led successful campaigns to save art and music programs and to stop school closings.

    The issues that are driving people out of teaching – overcrowded classes, bad pay, job insecurity, academic freedom vs. being forced to teach to the test, pensions and benefits – are all subject to bargaining. We can stop the implementation of these attacks through aggressive contract fights. We need a national leadership and leaderships in our local organizations across the country that are prepared to call and lead strikes to victory. If we do so students and the community will support us. Hundreds of thousands will embrace the chance to join us.

    Martin Luther King’s old civil rights movement always acted independently of the Democrats, repeatedly defying the pleas of President Kennedy and Johnson to stop fighting, and because it did so, the Dixiecrat wing of the Democratic Party was initially weakened, then forced to renounce its own positions, and finally driven out of the Party. We need this kind of fightback again now or the policies of the current administration and the Democratic Party at every level of government will continue unchanged. The attacks will continue despite their deep unpopularity. Public education will be subject to further attack and the New Jim Crow will deepen for black and Latino students and communities. Our union and members will be subject to an ongoing offensive by the politicians and billionaires.

    If we exert the power of the mass union and civil rights movement we avoid this absolutely unnecessary road and open a path of hope for our students; we win better contracts and conditions for our members, and strengthen the AFT and entire labor movement. The BAMN caucus is committed to building on this perspective. BAMN slate candidates are committed to being leaders who refuse to bow to the rich and powerful.

    Equal Opportunity Now/Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)

    (510) 510-9072

    • Jay Beswick

      The objective was to exchange a radical BAMN member for Arne Duncan the President Obama appointee to the post of US Secretary of Education, A grand idea, a terrorist group like BAMN running National Education. She wrote the above and the AFT tried to oust Duncan in 2014.

      Yvette Felarca Agenda Above for BAMN/Below the Why!!!

      U.S. Secretary of Education[edit]
      Duncan was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009.[13] One of Duncan’s initiatives as secretary has been a $4 billion Race to the Top competition. It asks states to vie for federal education dollars by submitting proposals that include reforms such as expanding charter schools and judging teachers partly on how well their students do on standardized tests.[14]

      In March 2011, Duncan said 82 percent of the nation’s public schools could be failing by the following year under the standards of the No Child Left Behind law. The projection amounted to a startling spike from previous data, which showed that 37 percent of schools were on track to miss targets set by the law. “Four out of five schools in America would not meet their goals under [No Child Left Behind] by next year”, Duncan said in his statement.

      On July 4, 2014, the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the United States, passed a resolution of “no confidence” in Duncan’s leadership of the Department of Education and asked for his resignation.[15]

  • the graveyard of the first amendment

  • ESPM360

    Christine Lee/Staff, you are not fooling anyone. Fake report.

  • radical_supermassive_blackhole

    Words on a forum, hurtful as they are, should not be conflated with tangible violence.
    As a lifelong liberal from Europe, anarchomarxism like cultural Marxism or and flavour of communism has proved to be anti democratic, perpetrated Ethel worst human rights abuses after Islamic nations, and are (ironically) the most corrupt, fascist and totalitarian when they are in power.

  • Jake Amberson

    Why wont anyone ask Jesse Arreguin about the several sexual assaults he was accused of while in college. several boys have come forward with complaints

  • Berkeley Police had STAND DOWN ORDERS from the chief of police. Police refused to do their jobs! Why is that?

    Could it be that Berkeley’s mayor is a far-left radical who blamed the Milo riots on BCR? He clearly knows Yvette Felarca, a radical fascist who advocates for domestic terrorism. He is unfit to serve as mayor!

  • Total fake news.

    > A thread on 4chan, an online community forum, appears to include responses from several right-wing supporters who are threatening to use violence April 27 against anticipated Antifa protesters.

    The only reason that right-wingers are planning to show up in force is to defend the free speech of conservatives on Berkeley’s campus. They aren’t protesting anyone. They are resisting the fascists known as ANTIFA and BAMN.

  • Pat

    Wow is all I can say. The amount of lies in this article blows my mind. Almost everything said was pure BS.

    • smth

      Would you like to name a few? I can say that, as a student, I know the statements regarding the date and RRR week is completely true.

      • 1) Berkeley’s mayor may not be directly associated with ANTIFA, but he is a far-left radical. After far-left radicals engaged in violent domestic terrorism to silence Milo Yiannopolous’s free speech, Jesse Arreguin blamed the violence on Milo & his supporters. He is also a member of the By Any Means Necessary group on Facebook.

        Berkeley is not doing everything they can to protect free speech. They are protecting the free speech & assembly of one group, and one group only: the far-left anarchists who want to shut down conservatives.

        2) ANTIFA is the only group that plans to use violence to shut down free speech. Right-wing supporters will be in attendance solely to act in defense of conservatives who want to attend these events. They are NOT in attendance to protest anything or anyone. Haven’t you noticed that no left-wing events or speakers have been shut down by crowds of rioting conservatives?

        • WRONG!

          The difference between these antifa people and bamn is the difference between the SF Giants and the Oakland A’s.

          “The outlets also equated BAMN with the anti-fascist movement Antifa, although BAMN is a separate group from Antifa.”

          A white nationalist, anti-immigrant[4] group called the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP) had a permit[nb 2] for a rally on the west steps of the capitol building to assert their free expression, oppose globalization, and protest against violence at recent rallies.[5] They were joined by their affiliate, Golden State Skinheads (GSS).

          Several groups led by Antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) Sacramento and BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) organized a counter protest. BAMN posted an article stating that “collective power through mass militant direct action can shut these Nazis down” and they “must be sent scurrying for their cars.”[6] Antifa Sacramento announced on their website that they had a moral duty to silence Nazis and called for direct action against them.[7][8]

          “The goal today was to shut down the Nazis’ recruitment rally and I congratulate everyone who came out today because we succeeded in doing that. We defeated them in their efforts. They have to run hiding, hiding behind the police and then just running away altogether. They were not able to hold any kind of demonstration on the steps of the capitol and that’s absolutely because of the militant, integrated, direct action [what “antifas” call violence] of the people that came out. BAMN mobilized people out here to shut them down and we’re really, really glad that there’s been such an integrated direct action struggle to succeed in doing that.

          To us, there’s no free speech for fascists. You do not have the right to organize for genocide. We were organizing to let the fascists know: Anyone who is thinking of joining them, don’t, because it’s not going to be a good day for you. And I think on balance our side won, they lost.” — Yvette Felarca

          • WRONG!

          • Nunya Beeswax

            Yvette is wrong about free speech and rights. She may wish that fascists had no free speech, and that they weren’t allowed to organize for their own political goals, but the fact is that fascists do have free speech and are allowed to organize if they wish.

            If she doesn’t find the civil liberties of the USA to be congenial, I invite her to piss off for whatever jurisdiction she finds more in line with her convictions–sooner rather than later, please.

          • Spacewarp

            “Antifa” is the fascist organization. They cannot use violence, threats and intimidation to shut down free speech. You may hate what I have to say, but unless I am causing irrational panic and imminent threat to public safety, I have the legal right to say it. Shutting my freedom of speech down by violent means is the same as the fascists in the Nazi party during the earlier days of the German march to WWII in that they used violence and intimidation to cow their opposition to gain power.

          • WRONG!

            My citations above were in response to the claim from certain pundits that BAMN and Antifa are equal groups which the article is attempting to dispute. You would think that a guy such as the Mayor of Berkeley would stay away with toxic actors such as Yvette Felarca, especially when there is a youtube video of her throwing punches (albeit weak ones) into a dudes torso.

            “On Friday, media outlets such as Breitbart and Gateway Pundit alleged that Mayor Jesse Arreguín is a member and supporter of activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, because he is Facebook friends with BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca. The outlets also equated BAMN with the anti-fascist movement Antifa, although BAMN is a separate group from Antifa.”

      • Dan Stark

        Nope. No response. Guess they can’t defend their position.

        • Anna

          ? There are actually a great number of substantial responses (as can be seen above,) and that is not even including all of the comments below which also serve to debunk many of the laughable assertions in this article.
          I can only give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume that you wrote your silly comment before some of the responses above were made posted…. but really you look like a complete idiot either way. Either you’re blind/don’t understand what it looks like when someone responds to someone else’s post, or you just actually expect people to respond to any given insignificant REPLY to another post within a very short period of a few hours. Stop drinking the kool-aid of all these fascist, terroristic pigs that keep feeding you this garbage you believe.

          • Dan Stark

            I was actually referring to the original commenter, Pat, who never responded to smh. I guess I responded to the wrong thread. Thanks for being so friendly and non-judgemental though.

  • Madfoot713

    >“On social media, following or liking pages does not mean you support what that group is doing,” Arreguín said in an email. “I follow Donald Trump on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s saying. Would Breitbart suggest that makes me a Trump supporter?”

    Does anyone believe this lying douche canoe’s excuse?

    >Arreguín alleged in his email that Breitbart is purposely broadcasting false information to portray Berkeley as anti-free speech. He emphasized that the city does its utmost to protect freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.

    This is an ironic statement, because in the same statement he said the free speech stuff is just an excuse for right-wingers to commit violence. This is the first time he’s ever even acknowledged BAMN’s existence or their violent actions – in all the other incidents he blamed the violence on right-wing agents. This guy is obviously extremely against free speech and is a active danger to his constituents.

    >The outlets also equated BAMN with the anti-fascist movement Antifa, although BAMN is a separate group from Antifa.

    This is a misleading statement. BAMN has been around since the 90’s, and their history of violent, extremist, hateful, and abusive actions has been well-documented, both against the people they oppose and to their own members. Yvette, herself, has been captured on camera assaulting people on more than one occasion.

    • Frank648

      Hopefully BAMN gets put on a government watch list.