Fern Figueroa

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Fern Figueroa


Fernando (Fern) Figueroa is an activist from Gainesville Florida. He now lives in Jacksonville and is the partner of Angela Grace.

FRSO

Around 25 student activists and organizers from seven cities throughout the southeast came to Asheville, North Carolina, April 4, 2009 for a conference called “The Crisis of Imperialism and Building a Revolutionary Movement.” This regional student conference was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.

Fern Figueroa from Gainesville, Florida. “The most important lesson I learned,” he said, “was how us working people should organize against a system that exploits us for the benefit of the rich and how to forge a just society where we’re in control.”[1].

Teamsters United victory

Dave Schneider and his comrades backed Fred Zuckerman, John Palmer & the Teamsters United slate in 2016 union elections.

Dave Schneider November 16, 2016 near Jacksonville, FL ·

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You wanna know how we won Florida? This amazing Team right here, plus countless others not in the picture all over the state and in Georgia who believe we need fighting unions, not collaboration with Corporate America. Big shouts out to DP Williams, Connell Crooms, Richard Blake, Fern Figueroa, Jacque Griffin, Greg Vinson, William Workinger and everyone else who made this possible. The future is bright! #512POWER #HowTheSouthWasWon #unionPOWER #MakeTheTeamstersFightAgain — with DW Ponder, Richard Blake and Fern Figueroa.

People’s Agenda march

August 27, 2012, well over 1,000 people rallied and marched in the streets of Tampa to demand good jobs, affordable education, healthcare, equality, and peace. Although the Republicans cancelled the first day of their convention due to Hurricane Isaac, organizers with the Coalition to March on the RNC went through with their promise to march on the first day of the convention to show their opposition to the agenda of the 1% and their support for a People’s Agenda.

Notable speakers included Carlos Montes, a leading immigrants’ rights leader; Joe Iosbaker; a spokesperson for the anti-war movement; Skye Schmelzer, representative of the National Students for a Democratic Society; Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of Code Pink and major peace activist; Ciara Taylor, a representative of Dream Defenders and a Black community organizer; Nelini Stamp, one of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street; and Oscar Otzoy, a Florida farm worker organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Organizations present included Students for a Democratic Society, Veterans for Peace, Southern California Immigrant Coalition, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, five Florida Occupy chapters, six Fight Back Florida chapters, Dream Defenders, United National Anti-war Coalition, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, International Action Center, Code Pink, four Florida AFL-CIO labor councils, and Region 3 of AFSCME Council 79.

Organizer Fern Figueroa stated: “Today we took a stand with more than 1,000 people against the Republicans and their agenda of hatred, poverty, and war. Today we stand up for all the good things people need and strike a blow against those who deprive us that.”

Jared Hamil, Corey Uhl were also organizers. [2]

"Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015"

Sunday 26 April 2015, "Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015" organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!. Location TBA.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Katherine Elizabeth, Jessica Schwartz, Steph Ross Taylor, Christina Field, Doug Jadzia Sembla, Mary Padilla Cristobal Aldana, Alisha Olson, Kim DeFranco, Jess Sundin, Cassandra Hendricks, Cherrene Horazuk, Julia Russ, Zandra Dee , Loretta VanPelt, Tracy Molm, Hannan Ayoub, Khin Oo, Tracey Plk, Kim Smith, Hoda Isak, Alexandra Vagac, Laura Hoffman, Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Jessie Gavilanes, Amy Selvius, Penelope Mace, Beatriz Hernandez, Marisol Marquez, Laye Kwamina-Barry, Cory Eggert, Lion Ras, Kuntal Chatterjee, Andy Carhart, Sean Orr, Rahul Choudhury Boro, Andrew McNally, Cleveland Savage, Jesus Estrada-Perez, Julio Alberto Martinez, Fern Figueroa, Ryan A. Smith, Joshua Cromarty, Brad Sigal, Tim Nolan, Edward Hahn, Cody Gilbert, Timmy McDonough, Mick Kelly, Jigme Ugen, Manuel Berduc.[3]

"Freedom Road Panel: International Women's Day"

Union Ballrooms - Florida Room, Thursday 5 March 2015, 18:00, organized by Tallahassee FRSO.

Members of The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the Dream Defenders, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and the Center for Participant Education (CPE) and The F-Word will be hosting a panel in commem]]oration of International Women's Day to cover the most pressing issues faced by women, LGBTQ, and Trans folks in the United States and around the world. In addition the presentation will cover how the Freedom Road Socialist Organization continues to fight for Trans Proletarian Feminism and promotes Women's leadership against Patriarchy and Capitalism within the movement.

We will also celebrate women revolutionaries that have contributed to the struggle. Radical Communist revolutionaries like Claudia Jones, Leila Khaled, Assata Shakur, Yuri Kochiyama, Anuradha Ghandy, and many more.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Melissa Miranda, Maressa Simmons, A.v. Ramanathan, Rosie Richeson, Shivaani Ehsaan, Jessica Schwartz, Andreina Granado, Ansley Jones , Rachel Crooks, Dayli Vazquez, Elizabeth Dedge, Gladys Nobriga, Regina Joseph, Chrisley Carpio, Samantha Miker, TatianaMarie Daguillard, Naomi Bradley, Alexandra Gaskin, Briana Fonte, Shannon Conley, Brooke Ashley, Hasan İncedere, Corey Uhl, Miles Menendez, Chance Zombor, Brad Sigal, Caleb Cineas, Zachary Schultz, Fern Figueroa. [4]

FRSO school

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On September 10th, thirty-five students and community members gathered from Florida and North Carolina to participate in a day school hosted by members of the Student Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!). The event consisted of presentations on revolutionary theory and how students apply it to their activism.

Fern Figueroa of the FRSO opened the event saying, “Students can play a special role in uniting and organizing sectors of people by learning revolutionary theory, engaging in their own struggle on campus, and ultimately by joining history's greatest revolutionary class - the working class.”

Tampa Bay FRSO member Danya Zituni explained, “The role of the university under this capitalist system is to indoctrinate students with the ideas of the ruling class. By mobilizing students to fight, we can learn about the nature of the system we are up against and what methods are effective against it.”

Taina Pantoja, of Tampa Bay SDS said, “It’s important to understand that Marxist-Leninist theory provides us with a guide for making actual material change.”

The event ended with a speech by Tallahassee FRSO member Zachary Schultz who said, “The Day School represents a real development in the revolutionary movement among students. Students are wanting and ready to take up Marxism-Leninism, the theory of revolution. Students are learning and organizing to build the movements of oppressed nationalities and workers to overthrow the capitalists.”[5]

Palestine panel

On Dec. 2, 2017, over 45 people gathered at the University of North Florida in the Student Union Building for a panel hosted by the Jacksonville Palestine Solidarity Network (JPSN). The panel was focused on explaining the Balfour declaration and its ramifications. The Balfour declaration was a statement the British government issued in 1917 announcing support for building a Zionist state in Palestine.

Sara Haj-Yahia, co-founder of JPSN and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, moderated the event. Haj-Yahia stated, “This event was vital with the current political climate regarding the colonization of Palestine. Attendance was great and shows that the community here is ready and capable of furthering the fight for Palestinian liberation.”

Haj-Yahia continued, “Ahead of the current administration's plans to recognize Palestinian Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the capital of the colonial state of Israel, it’s really important for there to be local efforts working against normalization.”

There were three other panelists along with Haj-Yahia. They included Fern Figueroa, a leading member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! who helped in the defense of Palestinian freedom fighter Rasmea Odeh; Monique Williamson, president of UNF Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); and a representative of the Palestinian Youth Movement USA chapter.

A banner hung at the front of the room reading “Free Palestine - end the occupation.” There was a wide variety of tasty food, much of it prepared and donated by local Palestinian and Arab community members. At the end of the panel, the JPSN announced that monthly meetings would begin early next year to develop further solidarity with Palestine.

“The time is now to educate ourselves and organize for Palestinian liberation. Zionism is a pathetic giant that crumbles with every blow we strike,” said Figueroa regarding the panel, “Whether we are discussing the Balfour declaration from 100 years ago or Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, we know that the Palestinian cause grows stronger daily by an increasing base of support for liberation - a base that we’ve begun developing in Jacksonville.”[6]

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