Yvette Felarca, the Antifa activist who organized the Berkeley protests against conservatives last year, is having to pay the price for her underhanded harassment of a conservative student at the university.
Felarca may hate democracy, but she had no problem using it to harass and intimidate those who stood against her. Over the last few months, she used the court system to get restraining orders against former Berkeley College Republicans President Troy Worden. Even though Worden had done nothing to threaten her safety, Felarca sought a restraining order against him.
After that order was thrown out, Worden sued her for damages and attorney fees, citing her malicious tactics. On Wednesday, a California court ordered Felarca to pay over $11,000 in restitution to Worden.
Even though Felarca was arrested twice last year, for inciting a riot and assaulting a police officer, she is reportedly still a teacher in the Berkeley area.
Worden, who has made numerous appearances on national media in his capacity as a Campus Reform correspondent to discuss his ongoing battles with the Berkeley administration and who was voted a winner of Campus Reform’s 2017 Higher Ed Heroes Award, remarked at the time that “Felarca’s frivolous legal actions were meant to intimidate [him] and hinder [his] political activism.”
Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, through which Meuser is representing Worden, said that Felarca has a history of “filing and dismissing utterly frivolous cases against innocent targets” and pledged to hold her and her lawyers “accountable.”
“Felarca and her fellow travelers in BAMN [By Any Means Necessary]/Antifa need to learn that the California courts are not their personal plaything to use and abuse at will by filing baseless and vexatious lawsuits,” she added, with Worden noting that the restraining order prevented him from exercising his free-speech rights on campus.
Now, Commissioner Thomas Rasch of the Superior Court of Alameda County has ordered Felarca to pay Worden $11,100 in attorney fees, according to a Thursday press release, which says Rasch determined that the order “had not been filed in good faith.”
Additionally, the press release notes that Felarca, whom it identifies as a Berkeley Middle School teacher, was arrested twice in 2017 for incitement of a riot, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer, arguing that the restraining order was an attempt to further stifle Worden’s First Amendment rights after the College Republicans invited several controversial speakers to campus.
“By ruling that she did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions,” Meuser remarked. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.”
The press release also notes that the University of California, Berkeley’s efforts to block speakers invited by the school’s College Republicans chapter are the subject on an ongoing federal lawsuit.