25 August 2017
Drop All Charges Against Anti-Fascist Protesters!
The following protest letter to the Sacramento County District Attorney was issued by the Partisan Defense Committee on August 16. The PDC is a class-struggle, non-sectarian legal and social defense organization which champions cases and causes in the interest of the whole of the working people. This purpose is in accordance with the political views of the Spartacist League.
The Partisan Defense Committee protests the arrest and prosecution of Yvonne (Yvette) Felarca, Porfirio Paz and Michael Williams. All three face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for defending themselves and others against the fascists of the Traditionalist Worker Party and the Golden State Skinheads who stabbed, slashed and clubbed anti-fascist protesters at the state Capitol in Sacramento on June 26, 2016. In their own words, these fascist terrorists had come armed to carry out a “fight to the death.” At least seven people, including Felarca, were stabbed, two of them hospitalized with critical wounds.
Over a year later, Felarca was met by a dozen police officers when she exited a flight in Los Angeles on July 18, handcuffed, thrown in jail and charged with felony assault, rioting and incitement to riot. Paz and Williams, who were also thrown behind bars, face similar charges. The transparent purpose of these outrageous charges is to intimidate any who would mobilize in defense of themselves and all the intended victims of these growing gangs of fascist thugs.
The Partisan Defense Committee demands that all charges against Yvette Felarca, Porfirio Paz and Michael Williams be dropped immediately.
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(reprinted from Workers Vanguard No. 1116, 25 August 2017)
Workers Vanguard is the newspaper of the Spartacist League with which the Partisan Defense Committee is affiliated.