Antifa activist Yvette Felarca is finally getting some just desserts. The Berkeley middle school teacher was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in attorney fees after filing and then dropping a restraining order against Troy Worden, a former University of California college Republican president.
Liberty Nation reported on Worden’s lawsuit, which claimed Felarca’s charges were frivolous and meant to silence Worden’s right to free speech.
“Felarca and her attorney attempted to make free speech expensive, and it is time that they pay for their misuse,” Mark Meuser, one of Worden’s attorney, said in November in response to the reason for filing the lawsuit.
Felarca is no stranger to using “any means necessary” to make her point while restricting the rights of others. In 2017, she was arrested twice for resisting arrest, incitement of a riot, and assaulting a police officer.
A Violent Professor
In June, Felarca was videotaped punching a protestor several times in the stomach, then several of her fellow Antifa activists knocked the man to the ground and began beating on him before the police broke in and put a stop to it.
Felarca and her attorney, Shanta Driver, the national chair and founder of BAMN (By Any Means Necessary), claimed Worden was stalking her as the reason for filing the restraining order. She stated that Felarca dropped the suit once Worden stopped following her around. Worden denied all charges.
Driver said they intend to appeal the ruling because “it sends a message to women that they face a financial risk for seeking protection from harassment through a restraining order.”
According to SFGate, Driver is convinced the ruling will hinder women’s rights:
“This says to every woman out there that if you file for a restraining order, and don’t pursue the case, you are subject to these court fees,” Driver said. “We can’t have this message given to women, especially now when there are the beginnings of a period where women feel they can go forward against men harassing them, stalking them, using their power over women.”
But it is okay for Felarca to start punching someone because they have a different view than her? Who is the real victim here?
Campus Reforms reported that Felarca had lost a lawsuit twice in as many months.
Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, through which Meuser is representing Worden, said:
“This marks the second time in two months that Felarca and her lawyers have been ordered by an area court to pay the attorney fees of their opponents for filing legally and factually unsupported claims in court,” Dhillon commented. “True victims of harassment/stalking/assault need the courts to be available to them as a priority, not clogged with fabricated claims pursued in bad faith.”
Felarca claims violence is necessary to make a point, then turns around and claims everything she has done has been in self-defense. One of her biggest goals is to restrict those with differing opinions from their First Amendment rights. Apparently, only she has the right to free speech. Her radical demonstrations and violence against others is just another example of how and why Antifa is now considered a terrorist group.
Her claim of Worden stalking her seems bogus as well; especially when her past demonstrations to silence the conservatives on campus have caused such havoc. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of the left getting dished some social justice.
The tactics of using bureaucracy and courts to silence opposition is not a new one. But it is one of the most damaging to society as a whole. When free speech becomes the preserve of the wealthy, we all suffer. And when real victims can longer get through to a court system tied up with frivolous claims, it is a travesty.