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Since the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the protests conducted by antifa have ramped up in size and gained the public's attention. Even some of the most prominent figures from the Democratic Party have denounced antifa.
However, antifa only seems to be growing, and according to a new report from the Daily Caller, its leaders are public school teachers.
The Daily Caller reported:
By Any Means Necessary, which has played a key role in riots in Berkeley, Sacramento and elsewhere, has dozens of public school teachers among its members, including among its most prominent leaders.
That's right, the same people leading violent protests of people dressed in all black who are covering their faces with masks and beating down on anyone who disagrees with them could also be teaching your kids in public school.
To make matters even worse, these teachers are some of the most prominent leaders of antifa, which was recently classified as a domestic terrorist group by the Department of Homeland Security. One instructor is Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher in Berkeley, California, and a By Any Means Necessary leader who is facing charges of inciting a violent riot in Sacramento.
Felarca was filmed punching a man at the riot and then appeared in an interview admitting that “there is not free speech for fascists.” She went on to admit that her group's goal was terrorism. She clearly states that it takes “militant action.”
Sacramento wasn't the only violent protest Felarca was involved in, however. She was also caught defending antifa's violence in Berkeley in an attempt to stop Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking.
Just last weekend, Felarca was an organizer of antifa's massive protest to shut down a free speech rally in Berkeley. That protest quickly turned violent, as members who were dressed in black, covering their faces, and carrying weapons lashed out on Donald Trump supporters, journalists, and just about anyone who disagreed with them.
These Berkeley protests finally led some of the most well-known figures in the Democratic Party to denounce the group, including Nancy Pelosi and Trevor Noah. However, while they were condemning the group for its violence, Felarca claimed it was a “resounding success.”
Felarca reportedly has repeatedly used her position of influence in public schools during work hours to recruit for her group and support her radical goals despite being warned countless times.
The Daily Caller reported:
The leftist teacher frequently tried to bring students on school-sponsored trips to BAMN-related activities, the district said, describing the trips as attempts to “indoctrinate” the students.
The school district accused Felarca and other BAMN members of weaponizing students to derail disciplinary hearings for Felarca, after student protesters repeatedly swarmed into the disciplinary hearings.
The school district claimed that Felarca and other BAMN members “were actively trying to brainwash and manipulate” students to serve her “own selfish interests,” calling her conduct “particularly reprehensible.” Felarca continues teaching today.
After being charged with inciting a riot in 2016, the Berkeley School District suspended Felarca, but the teacher's union fired back and sued the school district on Felarca's behalf.
Tania Kappner, a teacher at Oakland Technical High School, worked directly with Felarca to organize a walkout protesting Trump that both students and teachers participated in.
Another, Nicole Conaway, is a high school teacher in Detroit who was known for being a leader in a massive public school “sick out” where almost 4,000 students had their school canceled for the day because their teachers all called in sick to protest Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Just a month after the “sick out,” Conaway led another demonstration where she led students out of the school in a walkout to protest building conditions. She was one of three By Any Means Necessary members arrested that day.
It seems that the act of teachers using their influence on students is not showing any signs of stopping. In 2015, a By Any Means Necessary organizer, Steve Conn, was elected president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, and he was charged with misconduct later that year and was removed from office.
The Detroit Federation of Teachers also sent out a newsletter stating that 17 different members of By Any Means Necessary ran for elected positions and that five candidates also ran for positions in the National Education Association.
So this begs the question: Do you want your kids being taught by organizers of the radical domestic terrorist group antifa, who are using their influence to recruit members?
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