The former head of the University of California Berkeley College Republicans is suing Yvette Felarca, the far-left activist behind By Any Means Necessary, and one of the leaders of the Antifa movement.
According to Campus Reform, Troy Worden is seeking more than $100,000 in damages over what he claims are a series of harassing and frivolous restraining orders he says Felarca filed in order to keep the UC Berkeley College Republicans from exercising their right to free speech.
The orders, which have since been tossed out, prevented Worden from approaching the Berkeley native and her Antifa colleagues, but, in practice, completely restricted his movement in and around the UC Berkeley campus since he couldn't come within so many feet of BAMN members, including Felarca herself.
“Felarca’s frivolous legal actions were meant to intimidate me and hinder my political activism, but also prevented me from going to class on occasion. I can now go on with my main purpose at UC Berkeley, which is to get an education and exercise my free speech rights without interference,” Worden said in a statement through his attorney.
“Felarca filed a frivolous restraining order that restricted Worden’s First and Second Amendment rights, and made it difficult for him to move around the campus to attend classes,” the statement continues. “Felarca and her attorney attempted to make free speech expensive and it is time that they pay for their misuse of the court system.”
Felarca's attorney, Shanta Driver, is also named in the suit on the theory that Driver created the strategy of filing restraining orders that would heavily restrict Worden's movement in order to prevent Worden from hosting events, speaking on campus, or attending any Antifa rallies.
This lawsuit is just the latest volley in an ongoing legal battle between the UC Berkeley College Republicans and UC Berkeley administration, as well as Antifa activists, whom the CRs claim colluded to prevent conservatives from having any voice on campus. The Daily Wire's Bradley Devlin has been covering the issue from campus.