Bebster TanNovember 25, 2019 ·
US Social Forum
Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! table at the US Social Forum - Another World is Possible in San Jose, California. — with Masao Suzuki, Chrisley Carpio, Jared Tony Hamil, Steff Yorek and Gregory Lucero.
In-State tuition support
Mariana Castro had everything she needed to get into the University of Florida: a 4.1 weighted GPA, an International Baccalaureate diploma from Celebration High School in Osceola County and a Bright Futures scholarship.
What the Peruvian native didn’t have was status as a legal resident of the U.S. because her mother brought her into the country illegally when she was a child. She applied for deferred action status with the Department of Homeland Security, which enabled her to get a work permit, a driver’s license and a Social Security card.
But it did not help her qualify for in-state tuition at UF. Because of her unauthorized status, Castro must pay an out-of-state tuition rate that is nearly five times higher than the in-state rate of $6,270 a year. She also was denied her Bright Futures scholarship money, which would have paid for half of that in-state tuition.
UF President Bernie Machen has stated his support for the DREAM Act and granting tuition waivers to students whose parents bring them to the country illegally through no fault of their own and work hard to succeed in school.
But administrators don’t believe the law as it stands allows them to waive out-of-state tuition.
An opinion UF received from outside counsel Foley & Lardner of Miami said the university would be in violation of “well-established federal law” if it were to grant tuition waivers or other tuition benefits to students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Unfortunately, it is not something we can do even if we want to,” said Janine Sikes, associate vice president for media relations and public affairs at UF.
“We are all about access and this is a small change we can make to provide access to more qualified students right here in our community,” FIU President Mark Rosenberg said in a news release in June.
The issue could be cleared up if the Florida Legislature were to pass a law allowing for in-state rates or tuition waivers for unauthorized students.
Jeremiah Tattersall, an organizer with Gainesville’s Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice, said Republican State Rep. Weatherall didn’t think the Florida Legislature would stand in UF’s way if it wanted to grant tuition equity to unauthorized students.
“The fact that Weatherford, one of the most influential politicians in the state, said that he wouldn’t hold it against UF if they allowed DACA students to get in-state tuition should put UF administration’s worries to ease,” Tattersall said. “He joins the UF administration, faculty, and students who are all saying that it is wrong.“
Castro and dozens of other students representing Students for a Democratic Society, Gators for Tuition Equity and CHISPAS, hope to get the UF Student Senate to pass a resolution tonight showing support for tuition equity as outlined in Senate Bill 300 sponsored by State Sen. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee.
Liana Guerra, a founder of Gators for Tuition Equity, said 6,000 UF students have signed a petition supporting tuition equity. The resolution was written by Guerra, SDS organizer Conor Munroe and UF Senator Joselin Padron-Rasines.
Senate President Cory Yeffet said he supports the resolution.
A change in policy could affect an estimated 100 people like Castro, said Chrisley Carpio with SDS.“Now, it’s a matter of applying pressure in all the right ways, and showing there is support,” Carpio said.
February 2014, members of the Student Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! met to sum up the past year of struggle and discuss strategies for building the student movement in the U.S.
Members of the commission pledged to join and build the Students for a Democratic Society call for tuition equity for undocumented students. “We’re excited to work within and outside of SDS to help build the struggle for tuition equity for undocumented students,” said Chrisley Carpio. “We’re sure that this struggle will grow across the country not only for SDS but other groups struggling for education for all.”
"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. 
Twenty Tampa student and community activists gathered for a barbecue on June 19 2016 to celebrate Juneteenth. Hosted by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, attendees discussed topics such as African American history, the Black Lives Matter movement, socialism and African American liberation in the Black Belt South.
Speakers included Chris Wilson from Black Lives Matter and Chrisley Carpio of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! . Carpio gave a speech on the ways national oppression continues to affect African Americans, saying, “We cannot let our African American brothers and sisters die at the hands of police or in prisons making products for billion dollar corporations. We must learn the lessons of history, and crush the legacy of slavery once and for all.”
Sarah Owusu-Tweneboah of Students for a Democratic Society said, “I feel as a Black woman in America, my ancestors were slaves that I should celebrate and remember a day that was so important in their lives, and by extension my own. This is my history. I wish they taught us more in school but I guess it’s up to us to teach each other just like the slaves did.”
Fundraiser 4 Rasmea
Danya Zituni September 13, 2015;
At Dabke & Dessert - Fundraiser 4 Rasmea, where we raised monies for & learned about a real fighter for the people, #RasmeaOdeh!
Photo credit: Michela <3 — with Homam Zituni, Jared Austin, Gage Lacharite, Jerrica Hoey, Sam Beutler, Adriana Beatríz, Elizabeth A'ya, Taina Pantoja, Chrisley Carpio, Jessica Schwartz, Fabrizio Godomar, Ionie Lopez and Ashley Evans.
Organizing against Trump
Join Tampa Anti-War Committee on Friday, Jan 20th at 6pm as we protest the Inauguration of Donald Trump. We will be out protesting Trump's racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-worker, and pro-war movement. We demand that he stop attacks on immigrants and refugees, and end US wars abroad.
Following the protest, we will be having Organizing Against Trump: General Body Meeting on Jan 25th to discuss how we can move forward organizing under a Trump presidency. — with Anita Stewart, Jack Ling, Sara Cutlip, Leonie Barkakati, Eric Jones, Dani Vinson, Noah Peretz, Bill Aiman, Gague Lacharite, Matt Schott, Henry HN, Elizabeth A'ya, Taina Pantoja, Sam Alex, Anthony Thomas, Sami Salhab, Sam Beutler, Danya Zn, Thomas Albert, Chrisley Carpio, Dylan Thomas, Jerrica Hoey, Tori Stratis and Regina Joseph.
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.”
Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included;
Taina Pantoja, Danya Zituni, Jessica Schwartz, Regina Joseph, Ionie Lopez, Yu Sun, Jade Weiss, Angelica Hernandez, Elizabeth A'ya, Sarah Owusu-Tweneboah, Marc Silverstein, Idris Aderoju, Matt Schott, Josiah Shand, Matthew Morrow, Fern Figueroa, Jon Mitchel, Collin Pelletier, Chrisley Carpio, Noah Peretz, Zachary Schultz, Albert Kishek, Jack Ling, Sam Beutler, Bill Aiman, Jerry Evans.
- June 27
- [http://www.gainesville.com/news/20131111/state-schools-differ-on-in-state-tuition-for-children-of-unauthorized-immigrants State schools differ on in-state tuition for children of unauthorized immigrants Gainesville.com By Jeff Schweers / Staff writer Posted Nov 11, 2013]
- FB News, FRSO Student Commission: Build struggle in 2014 By staff | February 23, 2014
- FRSO FB, Freedom Road Socialist Organization August 29
- Wherevent "Freedom Road Panel: International Women's Day"
- FBNews Tampa FRSO celebrates Juneteenth By Gage Lacharite | June 20, 2016
- FightBack FRSO hosts Marxism-Leninism Day School in Florida By Elizabeth Kramer | September 13, 2016