The charges are as follows:
Felarca: felony assault with great bodily injury, misdemeanor riot and misdemeanor inciting riot
Williams: felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor riot
Paz: misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor riot
This is a gross miscarriage of justice. The prosecutor’s case at the evidentiary hearing relied heavily on unauthenticated video and a single witness, the CHP officer, Ayres. His testimony made crystal clear the selective nature and bias of his “investigation” into the protest on June 26, 2016. He was loathe to even characterize the Traditionalist Workers Party as a Nazi or fascist organization. The prosecutor admitted that his “victims” and his witnesses were less than ideal from his point of view, and that his evidence against me for felony charge was lousy. Yet Judge Bulware Eurie refused to drop the charges, sanctioning the Sacramento District Attorney witchhunt in an effort to scapegoat and make examples out of us. We cannot let them succeed.
The defense team plans on bringing another motion to dismiss to stop this case from going to trial. As my attorneys wrote, “If the prosecution of Felarca, Paz, and Williams proceeds, then Donald Trump will have already achieved one of his central aims: the substitution of authoritarianism for constitutional due process rights and democratic norms. A policy of naked state discrimination and persecution of racial minorities and left-wing political activists would be a fact and reality.'”
Thank you everyone for the support you’ve given us thus far. Coming to Sacramento, raising your voices at pickets, your unions and organizations, it has meant the world to us. We are committed to standing up and fighting this out, because we know that we’re fighting not only for ourselves, but for generations to come. Now that this judge has ruled to maintain the charges, in the course of the next several weeks, it’s urgent that we redouble our education and outreach efforts for the defense campaign. Here are some useful media links on the case. A list of labor support and other organizations is below, too. If I missed any, my apologies, and let me know as soon as possible so I can modify the list. Please continue to reach out to organizations or unions that you work with. I’ve attached a sample resolution you can bring to your organization. All support is welcome.
Sacramento 3 Defendant
BAMN National Organizer
1. Court Support Needed for the Next Hearing (Arraignment): Wed. Feb. 13 at 8:30 am at the Sacramento Courthouse, 651 i-St. Dept. 63.
2. Useful webpage on the case with with links to defense motions and exhibits: bamn.com/defendyvettefelarca
3. Media Coverage of the Case:
A. The Guardian Jan. 25, 2019: How a California officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims
B. Sacramento News and Review article on evidentiary preliminary hearing Jan. 4, 2019:
C. The Guardian: exclusive interview after Felarca’s July 19, 2017 arrest:
F. The Young Turks Youtube Story: Police Teaming Up with Neo-Nazi’s Now:
G. Video: Vice Deezus and Mero Stand With Middle School Teacher Yvette Felarca
H. Uneditted TV interviews on June 26, 2016 after the anti-fascist protest in Sacramento:
I. KTVU Interview defending shut down of alt-right Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopolous at UC Berkeley, Feb. 3, 2017: