Teacher takes students to militant Antifa protests
As the outspoken leader of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) – an arm of the violent, self-proclaimed “anti-fascist” Antifa group – Yvette Falarca was arrested on September 26, when a Free Speech Week protest turned violent at the University of California, Berkeley. Her offenses were found to extend onto the public middle school campus, where she has toiled to indoctrinate students to adhere to her radical leftist views.
“Court documents show that the California public school teacher arrested last week at the University of California, Berkeley, on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest, has since 2009 racked up a list of fire-worthy offenses, including recruiting students to participate in protests facilitated by the militant left-wing group, By Any Means Necessary, and transporting students to protests without permission in her personal vehicle,” TheBlaze reported.
Many have been concerned that the anti-Trump and anti-American protester was allowed to teach in public school – despite the fact that her violent conduct and tendencies have been public knowledge for some time.
“Felarca is already under indictment for ‘assault by means of force likely to inflict great bodily injury, participating in a riot, and inciting a riot’ when she was caught on video punching a man in the stomach and screaming, ‘Get the [expletive] off our streets!’ during a June 2016 white supremacist protest in Sacramento,” TheBlaze’s Teresa Mull pointed out. “Felarca later stated her actions were ‘not a crime.’”
The militant Democrat – who is sometimes referred to as “Yvonne” in court documents – was taken out of the classroom for a time, but it was indicated that her removal last September was not a consequence of her recruiting actions at school or her violence outside the classroom.
“Felarca was placed on paid administrative leave in September 2016 while BUSD investigated ‘concerns [Felarca] may have engaged in inappropriate conduct,’ a case document shows,” Mull informed. “The letter informing Felarca of her administrative leave says the leave ‘[was] not intended to be disciplinary.’”
Playing the politics card
Seeing nothing wrong with recruiting impressionable students to partake in violent leftist protests and personally engage in violent demonstrations, Felarca sued her school district for wrongfully placing her on leave.
“In October 2016, Felarca filed a lawsuit against BUSD (Yvette Felarca v. Berkeley Unified School District et al.) alleging the district violated her First Amendment rights by placing her on involuntary leave for her participation in a political protests,” Mull recounted. “The case claimed in its introduction that Felarca ‘has received only positive evaluations over her 10 years of teaching with BUSD’ and said the defendants were conducting ‘a political witch-hunt against [Felarca].’”
In November, Felarca – who is a member of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers – resumed teaching in the classroom, when she was issued a “Notice of Unprofessional Conduct,” which she challenged in the lawsuit.
“Felarca submitted as evidence the November letter and a “Notice of Unprofessional Conduct/Unsatisfactory Performance” from June 2016 as exhibits I and A, respectively, revealed during the case proceedings,” Heartland.org stated. “’Exhibit A’ states Felarca ‘repeatedly solicited students to participate in protests against the proposed charter school in the District’ and was issued a formal reprimand for her ‘improper involvement of children in this matter.’”
Felarca’s leftist propaganda was witnessed in the classroom five years earlier, as well.
“In 2011, the notice says, Felarca promised parents and students a trip to a rally at UC-Berkeley before obtaining permission from the principal to take them,” the organization’s statement added. “The principal ultimately denied Felarca permission, because ‘it was an opportunity for [Felarca] to indoctrinate students and use them to support [her] own political agenda. Felarca acted ‘unprofessionally toward [the principal] when she denied [her] permission.’”
Her abuse of power continued the following year, as well.
“Felarca was issued another formal letter of reprimand in June 2012 for an unauthorized after-school trip where she left a student behind and later claimed he ‘wandered off,’ according to the notice, which goes on to document numerous instances of ‘abuse of leave’ over the years, during which time Felarca lied about sick and personal leave to attend political rallies,” the report continued.
Her misconduct did not stop there, with more offenses stacking up the following year.
“The November notice states that in 2013, Felarca was issued a formal NUC/NUP documenting ‘multiple situations where [Felarca] failed to follow District and school procedures for reporting absences, and claimed sick and personal leave to attend political protests,’” Mull pointed out. “Felarca was also cited for ‘insubordinate and antagonistic behavior’ at a meeting scheduled to discuss her ‘attendance issues, dishonesty, insubordination, and abuse of District technology and social media to undermine the administration.’ Felarca, the notice says, was issued ‘nine directives to comply with’ and was warned that ‘failure to comply with those directives … could be grounds for dismissal.’”
Using the classroom to conduct radical left recruitment sessions was commonplace for Felarca’s students.
“The November notice says the district interviewed eight of Felarca’s students who reported Felarca used class time to talk about protests she was planning to attend, asked students to raise their hands if they wanted to go with her, took down their names, and told them she’d be contacting their parents for permission,” Mull noted.
Falarca’s repeated misconduct of subjecting her students to liberal propaganda was also mentioned in the notice.
“Several students reported that they had gone to protests with [Felarca]and that [she] had driven them in [her] car on the weekends,” the notice reads, according to TheBlaze. “The results of the initial student interview indicated that you were continuing to invite students, and take students, on unauthorized field trips to protests, in blatant violation of the directives given to you in the first NUC/NUP and the Second NUC/NUP. As a result of safety and liability concerns, and because there was an upcoming protest apparently scheduled for that weekend, the District decided to place you on paid administrative leave.”
The radical left teacher also intentionally misinformed others to try to build a case against being disciplined by the district.
“According to the November notice, Felarca violated the terms of her leave by contacting parents and students and trying to convince the public she was ‘suspended’ for her role in the Sacramento riot, though the District maintains the reason for Felarca’s leave was unrelated to the riot and was due to ‘insubordination, safety and liability for unauthorized field trips.’”
No stopping …
Evidence of coercion was also presented in court.
“The document states Felarca had her lawyer, Shanta Driver, who is also BAMN’s national chair, contact parents and students, which was ‘not only clearly in violation of the directives set forth in the administrative leave letter, but was also in violation of state and federal laws, as well as District policy regarding student privacy,’” Mull divulged. “The notice alleges Felarca at one point went to a student’s home to speak to his father and try to ‘manipulate him into signing a document that related to whether the school district had the right to interview his son without his permission.’”
And the list of violations goes on and on, including willful defiance against the principal.
“The notice says that in 2015, the district found out Felarca took students to a hearing at which her own attorney, Driver, was defending a Guatemalan asylum seeker, even though the principal denied Felarca’s request to take the students,” Mull explained. “The notice reports several other incidents in which Felarca transported students to and from protests in her personal vehicle and obtained permission from parents who don’t understand English well and ‘did not fully understand that this was not a school-approved trip,’ where Felarca was taking their children, that it was a political event, or that there would be police and hazards present.”
Felarca also presented copies of letters to the court that she claimed to have received from supporters, including one that was allegedly from “a Mexican 13-year-old boy, who once lived and studied at Berkeley,” which reads:
“[Felarca] wants justice – she wants to make better citizens,” the letter begins, according to TheBlaze. “Isn’t that what teachers are meant to be? I want to say that Donald J. Trump has a chance to win the presidency of the U.S. Trump is a racist man, a fascist, and in my point of view ‘the stupidest man alive.’ Lots of people in America support him, and will vote for him. Is that a good thing about U.S. education? No! That actually talks bad about U.S.’s education. That means that some teachers, the people who are in charge of kids, the future, also support ‘the stupidest man alive.’ We need more fighters like Ms. Felarca. Like once Yvette Felarca said, and I quote: ‘We need to take them head on, confront them, but with as many people as possible.’”
Felarca’s militant group attempted to mobilize supporters to intimidate the opposition in the courtroom.
“BAMN’s website called for people to ‘fill the courtroom’ during Felarca’s court appearance Wednesday on her assault and riot charges, providing carpool information for protesters,” Mull announced. “The website also called on people to contact the Sacramento district attorney and ‘demand’ she drop the charges against Felarca. No one entered a plea during the hearing Wednesday for a settlement conference, which will be continued on Nov. 8.”
Protecting who from what?
A restraining order against UC Berkeley College Republicans President Troy Wordon – who is challenging the order – was also filed by Felarca.
“Yvette Felarca, the leader of By Any Means Necessary[,] has served me with a restraining order to stop my conservative free speech activities at Berkeley,” Worden wrote on his fundraising website, according to Campus Reform. “Well-funded groups on the left are supporting Felarca’s cause – the accused students need your help to fight back and even the score in court, including filing claims against Felarca and her crew for their illegal conduct interfering with the rights of the Berkeley Republican students.”
He mentioned Felarca’s latest illegal activity at Antifa’s “Victory March” in Berkeley, when she was taken into custody for “battery and resisting arrest.”
“What does Yvette do now that she is out on bail? She harasses conservative students on campus and files frivolous restraining orders,” Worden contended on the legal defense fund website, as quoted by Campus Reform. “She falsely claims that the Berkeley College Republicans harass her, stalk her, and intimidate her, among other phony accusations. She has an out-of-state Detroit lawyer, Shanta Driver, who flies in to California to help her abuse the courts this way.”
The conservative student leader’s attorney indicated that Felarca’s bid for a restraining order will not hold water.
“We got video evidence showing that the things that she said happened did not happen,” Worden’s lawyer told Campus Reform.