FEATURING MELEIZA FIGUEROA – Thousands of students at University of California Berkeley recently protested the scheduled appearance on their campus of notorious Trump supporter and Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos has made a name for himself by resorting to shocking language to disparage women, attack feminism, and even gay rights, despite being an openly gay man. Although he is permanently banned from Twitter for violating their guidelines, he was given a quarter of a million dollar book deal by Simon and Schuster, and had appearances planned at both UC Berkeley and UCLA. Both campus events have now been canceled but the book deal remains.
Meleiza Figueroa is a Ph.D. candidate in geography at the University of California at Berkeley and a producer at KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles. She served as the Press Director for Jill Stein’s 2016 campaign and executive producer of the Green News Network. She is also a correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.