Berkeley College Republicans allege harassment by ‘leftist groups’

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The Berkeley College Republicans has alleged that liberal activist groups such as Antifa-related organizations are stalking and harassing conservatives in Berkeley.

BCR External Vice President Naweed Tahmas cited several examples of harassment, including restroom graffiti at Morgan Hall and a tweet posted by the user @berkeleyantifa disclosing the location of BCR members. UCPD spokesperson Sgt. Sabrina Reich said, however, that campus police has not recently received any reports of harassment from either BCR or individual conservative students.

On Wednesday, the Berkeley Antifa Twitter account identified several BCR members, including Tahmas, BCR President Troy Worden, Ashton Whitty, Matt Ronnau and Angelie Castaneda in a tweet. The tweet alleged that they were holding a BCR meeting after drinking with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson and right-wing activist Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman at Pappy’s Grill and Sports Bar. But according to Tahmas, the BCR members never went to Pappy’s, and he said they were getting dinner together informally as friends, not for an official meeting.

“Conservatives in Berkeley are routinely targeted, harassed, and stalked,” Tahmas said in an email. “It has become socially acceptable in Berkeley to physically beat someone for being a conservative.”

A student found and reported to Tahmas graffiti stating “Kill All BCRS” in a Morgan Hall bathroom stall Friday. Tahmas said in an email that these incidents are “clear signs of desperation,” adding that BCR is “breaking the shackles of leftist control over our university.”

Reich said that several incidents of harassment were reported last semester, such as the destruction of a BCR sign on Sproul Plaza, a cyber attack that leaked the private information of several BCR members and an assault on two members of BCR.

“The university condemns any harassment of students, particularly harassment that is based on who they are or what they believe,” campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said.

But Mogulof added that since there are no reports of harassment, the university has “no reason to believe that any campus affiliates have been engaged in any of these recent incidents.”

Yvette Felarca, an organizer for the prominent leftist activist group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, recently filed a restraining order against Worden, who she alleged stalked her continuously from February to August.

Felarca denied that BAMN is involved with any attacks against BCR and alleged that BCR members have attempted to interrupt BAMN meetings and assaulted BAMN members.

“This has not been mutual. These have been the actions of the racists and misogynists attacking student groups,” Felarca alleged. “They try to use the free-speech claim to get away with stalking members of the community.”

Mogulof said anyone who has experienced or witnessed the alleged harassment should report the incidents to UCPD or the Division of Student Affairs.

“That is the only way that people can be held accountable for intolerable actions,” Mogulof said.

Contact Naira Khalid at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @nairakhalid.

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  • thsmchnkllsfcsts

    Why is BCR meeting with these folks? Why at Pappy’s? At least go to Henry’s.

  • David Davidson

    If you disagree with minority fringe groups like antifa that use twitter to collaborate with each other anonymously for the purpose of assault and battery, boycott twitter. Twitter gives hate groups that few people agree with a platform to be heard worldwide. If twitter were to go out of business it would effectively neuter antifa and no one would ever hear from them again. That being said twitter is not profitable and a boycott would speed up their demise.

  • roccolore

    Democrats are fascists and terrorists.

  • Ganesha_akbar

    Could be worse. Try being a white college coed in Philly.

  • Michal Tastik

    Who set the campus on fire in February-BAMN or BCR?
    Who smashed ATMs in February-BAMN or BCR?
    Who smashed the student center in February-BAMN or BCR?
    Which group advises breaking the law-BAMN or BCR?
    Which group talks about punching people-BAMN or BCR?

    Spoiler alerts the answer is always BAMN

    • California Defender

      One correction and one addition:

      Which group doesn’t only talk about punching people, but actually does? BAMN or BCR?

      Which group’s leader has been charged with felony assault and battery, assault by means of force likely to inflict great bodily injury, inciting a riot, and participating in a riot? BAMN or BCR?

  • trizzybob
  • cadcam

    If white people were doing that to African American students there would be an outrage, government investigations, reporters everywhere, protests, etc. Cripes, at a university in my area, some African American students saw some trash on the ground that looked like it might be in the shape of a noose and the spin up was unbelievable.

  • Tamara Wilhite

    Liberal bullies.

  • BerkPed

    Strange that the BCR would complain about the release of public info such as location.
    BCR invited Milo, who has tormented students in colleges around the country by releasing their private info.

    • California Defender

      He only “released” (if you can call it that), public info from public Facebook posts that the entire world already had free access to.

      From Facebook’s Terms of Service:

      “When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).” and “By “use” we mean use, run, copy, publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and creat derivative works of.”

  • Jorge Carolinos

    Antifa facebook page tells co-believers not to post there because right wingers will doxx them and that is bad. When they do it it’s all OK.

  • Killer Marmot

    Seriously, BCR, if you are harassed then report it. Don’t keep it to yourself and then complain later. That doesn’t impress.

    • Maximus300

      A banana peel gets tossed by a student and gets stuck in a tree and all he11 breaks loose with demonstrations and inordinate demands. But let a BCR complain about a death threat and its nothing. What a kind, compassionate human being you are. How would you like it if someone was tracking your location with the intent of encouraging physical violence against you? BTW, “Reich said that several incidents of harassment were reported last semester”. They have been reporting the harassment. Read the article if you are going to comment.

      • Killer Marmot

        Show me precisely where in my comment that I said that a death threat was nothing.

        My point — my only point — is that harassment, especially illegal acts like death threats, must be reported to the authorities.

        Your comment is ridiculously out of proportion to what I said, to the point of trollishness.

        • Maximus300

          I can’t show you where you said a “death threat was nothing” since you thought it so unimportant that you said nothing about it which speaks volumes. Clearly, the BCR’s have a history of reporting and likely will continue to do so. The threat was found last Friday and likely was reported either before or after this article was written and posted today (3 days later including a weekend). Its also likely that Mogulof has not officially heard about it yet since it is so recent and the complaint is moving through the system. My issue is that given their history why would you assume they have not or will not report it? Your comment was nothing but that of a troll intent on slamming the BCR’s.

          • Killer Marmot

            I can’t show you where you said a “death threat was nothing” since you thought it so unimportant that you said nothing about it which speaks volumes

            Unbelievable.

            I am not in the habit of addressing everything that was said in an article in a single post. Rather I choose a particular point and address that.

            You’re being argumentative for arguments sake. Go bicker with someone else. Last post.

          • Maximus300

            “Show me precisely where in my comment that I said that a death threat was nothing.”
            You are the one who asked the question in your response. Your original point was argumentative since the BCR’s obviously report incidents. Your still nothing but a troll.

    • Tamara Wilhite

      Berkley police did not accept police reports when Antifa members hit people with poles. Likely that the police are again refusing to accept reports from the victims so they can pretend nothing has happened.

      • Killer Marmot

        The above article mentioned a lot more things than being assaulted in a riot. Why does Dan Mogulof, the assistant Chancellor for public affairs, claim there have been no reports? Have there been no reports, or is the university confused? This needs sorting out.

        • Tamara Wilhite

          If you do not accept reports, you can say there are none, implying nothing bad happened. Like the British police blaming 14 year old rape victims so they wouldn’t have to deal with Muslim rape gangs in the UK. Systemic silencing so they can deny there IS a problem.

    • Rowenna

      In theory I agree. In practice I am skeptical. Clearly the grafitti was cleaned up by the university and so the university were aware of it – a report should have been automatic as it surely would have been if it had been ‘racist’ graffiti.

      In terms of harassment of individuals I agree, it needs to be reported. This raises the question of whether it is being reported but not being taken seriously (logged properly etc) and whether the people the students are told to report to are themselves hostile.

      Certainly if there were wide reports of a small minority group being harrassed this way and no reports on file the universities response would not be ‘there are no reports on file’ but instead ‘we are taking this matter seriously and will investigate it and take every measure to ensure the safety of the individuals involved’.

      It does not help matters that faculty are openly engaged in progressive causes and condemn conservatives and anyone who does not support such causes. When the university makes statements that can be summed up as ‘we support freedom of speech and so will allow conservative speakers to speak even though we condemn what they say’ then it suggests a systemic bias against conservatives at the university.

      • Killer Marmot

        If BCR members are submitting reports of harassment, and those reports are not being accepted, acknowledged, or acted upon, then that is very serious matter over which heads should roll.

        If this truly is happening then BCR has to start keeping detailed records so that they can present their case to the administration, and possibly take legal action.

        • Rowenna

          Agreed. I have no idea if that is the case or not – it just seems to be a possibility due to the level of harassment, the report of graffiti, the involvement of faculty being involved and active in encouraging protests against conservatives etc.

  • BerkPed

    Harassment is what the alt-right did to the Revolution Books.

    http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/09/27/right-wingers-target-berkeleys-revolution-books/

    • Maximus300

      Since BCR is not part of the alt-right, what is your point?

      • BerCaley

        Sorry but if the BCR invited Milo Yiannopoulos, yep, they’re alt right.
        Sorry about that.

        • Maximus300

          That makes zero sense. Various groups and organizations that are a part of UC Berkeley have invited numerous questionable speakers including radical islamists and communists. Using your logic they all must unequivocally support the views of those people. It doesn’t wash.

          • Michal Tastik

            Milo isn’t alt-right, either

          • BerCaley

            In related news, Tim Murphy R-Pa isn’t a Republican.
            And you didn’t vote for Trump.
            Et cetera.

          • Michal Tastik

            I did vote for Trump.

          • BerCaley

            With the Pepe the Frog draped over an American flag, I figured as much.
            Et cetera.

          • Michal Tastik

            That’s not Pepe. That’s Pepina.

        • Michal Tastik

          Milo isn’t alt right so why would inviting Milo make BCR alt right?

        • roccolore

          Fascist Democrats like you are okay with Louis Farrakhan.

    • zzz

      People are individuals, do you know if any of these college kids were involved in that or any other idiotic harassment?

      We know that Revolution Books has a bunch of “shut it down” clowns involved so it’s a bit comical that they are so upset over getting some abuse.

      • BerkPed

        Yes BCR worked with Campus Reform to interrupt meetings under the guise of participating.

        Campus Reform has a history of harassment.

        https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/21/sikh-scholar-harassed-over-photo-another-man-front-trump-tower

        • Ganesha_akbar

          The point everyone seems to be missing is that a few people on the fringe right have simply adopted the tactics of the fringe left, and now some people are experiencing what it’s like when the tables are turned. Not advocating it, but even you have to admit it’s mildly amusing to see the sanctimonious outrage over the use of the same tactics that have been used against conservatives for years now…

          • Rowenna

            The irony is that the genuine ‘fringe right’ are actually ‘fringe left’ as they share the same mindset of big government – the difference between the two is mostly who gets to control the government / people but that is a matter of power not political leaning.

            The right is about individual freedom and responsibility which means small, limited government which is rarely advocated by those who commit acts of intimidation, harassment or violence in the name of their ideology.

        • roccolore

          Fascist Democrats like you are cowards who can dish it out but not take it.

    • roccolore

      Fascist Democrats like you threaten people who don’t agree with you.

  • FreedomFan

    Imagine the sickness of parents who entrust their precious little kids in the same room with violent Marxist Yvette Felarca. Disturbing.

    • angdonlon

      My guess is any parent complaint might not bode well for the child in her school.

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