BAMNboozled in Berkeley: Radical Leftists Executing a Coup from Within

Proud Boy Magazine EXCLUSIVE! Mayor Jesse Arreguin isn’t the only high ranking official with ties to BAMN. Ties with this far-left terrorist organization run depper than previously thought.

We need to make sure that we have more mass protests, more militant protests that are mass and militant.
Yvette Felarca (BAMN ideologue and organizer)

Violence, arson, and vandalism are all examples of means to achieve a specific end. Laws and expected societal norms are designed to temper such extreme overtures, but for a group such as BAMN, the end justifies the means. In 1995 BAMN (aka “By Any Means Necessary”) was founded as a response to a ban on affirmative action issued by the Regents of the University of California. Over the years their techniques have expanded from disseminating propaganda to relying on intimidation, violence, and a forceful silencing of the democratic process. Such tactics were demonstrated in December 2014 during a week long anti-police protest executed in tandem with Black Lives Matter (BLM).

The Mayor’s office is committed to ensuring a sustainable, equitable and vibrant future for Berkeley. Mayor Arreguin is committed to creating a Berkeley that works for everyone, by promoting innovation in our city government and local economy, improving city services, investing in our infrastructure to create a world class city, and addressing the issues of affordability and equity in our community. – Mayor’s Statement

Given the above statement, it would be hard to imagine a civil servant would support, let alone be a part of, a militant organization such as BAMN. Unfortunately Berkeley has a Mayor who is the exception to the rule. Over the course of this last week we have come to learn that Mayor Jesse Arreguin is not only friends with Yvette Felarca, but also a member of BAMN as well. Let us flashback to Milo Yiannopolous’ speaking engagement on February 1st of this year.

“I do think he is a white nationalist, so why apologize?” – Mayor Jesse Arreguin

BAMN and ANTIFA assaulted police officers, shattered windows, launched Molotov cocktails, and caused $100,000.00 in damage in order to silence a gay Catholic of Jewish heritage who supports interracial dating. It seems that Mayor Arreguin is not interested in creating a Berkeley that works for everyone, but instead a “safe space” where terrorists can persecute those with dissenting opinions by any means necessary.

Cronyism is a hallmark of many corrupt governments. If Berkeley is to be a sanctuary city for BAMN and its brethren, logically the administration would reflect this fact. Boona Cheema, a member of BAMN, was appointed to the Mental Health Commission in April of this year by Paul Kealoha-Blake, a fellow BAMN member and former appointee to the very same commission. The mission statement for the Mental Health Commission is as follows:

Reviews and evaluates the community’s mental health needs, resources and programs. Thirteen members are appointed by the Berkeley City Council. The Berkeley Mayor shall be a member or the Berkeley City Council may designate a person of its choice instead of the Berkeley Mayor.

In 2015 he was reappointed for another term courtesy of a proposal made by councilman and future Mayor, Jesse Arreguin. It can’t help but be a bit worrisome that someone affiliated with a radical group such as BAMN will be addressing the community’s mental health needs. The cronyism is evident in how one member, such as Paul, passes the baton to the next candidate.

In 2010, Asa Dodsworth, a BAMN member, was elected and then reelected in 2012 to the Rent Stabilization Board which regulates residential rent, protects against evictions, maintain community diversity through affordable housing, and enact regulations.

Alejandro Soto-Vigil, whose career is following a similar arc to that of the current Mayor, is also friends with Yvette Felarca and a member of BAMN as well. He has served on over a dozen different committees, is the commissioner for the Rent Stabilization Board, and is also District 7’s Legislative Assistant.

Although this may be the first time you have heard of BAMN being intertwined with politicians, this is nothing new, especially for a city like Berkeley. Loni Hancock served in the Berkeley City Council from 1971 to 1979 and was city Mayor from 1986 to 1994. After leaving her position as Mayor she served as the head of the Western Regional Office of the US Department of Education under President Clinton’s administration. From 2002 to 2008 she was a member of the California State Assembly from the 14th District and from 2008 to 2016 she was a member of the California State Senate from the 9th district. Her husband, Tom Bates, was Mayor of Berkeley from 2002 to 2016. The only reason we did not know about Hancock’s membership in BAMN sooner is that Facebook was not founded until 2004.

What sets me apart is my ability to be a whistleblower strongly opposing illegal or immoral actions, then negotiate improvements and co-sponsorships with the violators. – Councilman for District 7, Kriss Worthington

A 17 year veteran in the Berkeley City Council, Kriss Worthington is friends with Yvette Felarca and a member of BAMN. If you recall, he appointed Alejandro Soto-Vigil, a BAMN member, as his Legislative Assistant. Between the Mayor and City Council there are 9 votes that will determine local laws, policies and basic decisions for the municipality. Given the fact that Mayor Arreguin and Councilman Kriss Worthington are both affiliated with BAMN, it is reasonable to assume that they have agendas that align. With only 3 additional votes they would have a council majority. As quoted in Berkeleyside regarding the appointment of Police Chief Greenwood, “Councilman Kriss Worthington said it’s the council’s job to set policy, and the chief’s job to implement it.” Clearly he has a view where the City Council sets-forth the policies that the police most enforce. Given recent events it seems as if this is truly the case.

The PRC was created by Berkeley voters in 1973 to provide independent civilian oversight of the Berkeley Police Department. The PRC advises the City Council, Mayor, and City Manager on the policies, practices, and procedures of the BPD, and investigates complaints of police officer misconduct.

History has proven that for a coup to be successful, even a bloodless one, the military or its equivalent have to be controlled. Andrea Prichett, a BAMN member and friend to Yvette Felarca, is currently serving on the Police Review Commission (PRC). Giving a radical terrorist group the power to influence the enforcement of laws seems to be a clear perversion of justice.

Berkeley has become a sanctuary city for enemies of the Constitution. It is evident that there are those within the city’s administration, at the highest of positions, that sympathize with a radical group that even the FBI has thought to be involved in terrorist activities. The city employees approximately 2300 people. If career politicians such as the Mayor and a City Councilman are not weary of joining a group such as BAMN, you have to ask yourself, how many others are compromised? How many do we not know about simply because they chose stricter profile settings on Facebook? With what we know, there are BAMN members who can influence housing, community diversity, the mental health needs of possibly the most vulnerable members of their city, and even how the police can operate and enforce laws. All this is possible with just 7 people, imagine what they could do with a dozen or more.

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Written by Robert Culkin

Robert Culkin

Robert always wanted to be the next Hunter S. Thompson; a legitimate Gonzo Journalist. He never quite got the writing part down, but as for the rest of it he did in spades. Follow him on Twitter @WakeAndBased.

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