Return Anti-Fascist Teacher Yvette Felarca to Her Classroom! Stop Student Interrogations!
Return Anti-Fascist Teacher Yvette Felarca to Her Classroom! Stop Interrogations and Harassment of Students!
Anti-fascist activist and teacher Yvette Felarca continues to be prevented from returning to her classroom at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School after being placed on administrative leave.
After she helped stop a neo-Nazi recruitment rally in Sacramento this summer, and was stabbed in the process, terror threats were made against Ms. Felarca and the school if she's not fired, and instead of defending the entire community, including Ms. Felarca, the school district is capitulating to the neo-Nazis' demands by removing her from her job.
The school district also took some of her wages back out of her bank account. Both current and former students continue to be pulled out of class and interrogated about her, now with parental notification, but the nature of the 'interviews' are being misrepresented.
At the last school board meeting students from all grade levels - elementary, middle, and high school, parents, fellow teachers from Berkeley and Oakland, and a diverse range of community members rallied in defense of Ms. Felarca. When board members refused to disclose their personal positions on whether she should continue to teach, and instead scurried off into a second, unagendized "closed session", the community held its own meeting in the board room, with many more speaking out. Video of the rally and school board meeting can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdwuri1LFYI
Voice your solidarity with Yvette Felarca, and demand that she be reinstated immediately, repaid her full wages, and the harassment of her and her students be stopped: email@example.com, Superintendent@berkeley.net
Defend Yvette Felarca!
Non-sectarian defense of all anti-fascists!
An injury to one is an injury to all!
For more information:
Press conference with Yvette Felarca and her lawyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHhVxvNt3vY
Details of what happened in Sacramento, and the neo-Nazis involved: http://antifasac.weebly.com/home/blood-in-the-valley-why-people-put-their-lives-on-the-line-to-run-nazis-out-of-sacramento
More about the fascist organizers of the Sacramento rally: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/06/27/violent-clashes-erupt-sacramento-between-white-nationalists-and-antifascists
Details about neo-Nazis converging in Berkeley prior to their attempted rally in Sacramento: https://itsgoingdown.org/big-nazis-on-campus/