Contra Costa County School Board member calls for 4th of July boycott

Anamarie Avila Farias, Contra Costa County School Board member. (Contra Costa County Board of Education)

Contra County School Board member AnaMarie Avila Farias called for the July 4 boycott in a Facebook post on Friday.

“I choose to continue my annual protest not to celebrate the 4th of July because I believe in this country’s right to free speech,” his message read. “I also believe that a majority of this country supports a woman’s right to choose how to protect her body and her family.” The Facebook post comes after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The education board member’s post linked to her full statement on Medium, in which she shared that she hadn’t celebrated the 4th of July since 2016. She addressed the hundreds of hostile comments she received regarding her Facebook post, claiming a death threat was being made against her via a phone call to the Contra County School Board office.

In the Medium message, Avila Farias reiterated the reason for her boycott and described her personal experience as a Latina woman immigrant to the United States.

“Serving on my County Board of Education and previously city councils has been part of my American dream,” she wrote. “An immigrant Latina elected to serve is one of the most inspiring things about living in this country. I will always believe that. Even as I protest the misguided things other elected or appointed leaders are doing.”

The Board of Education member emphasized that, to her, participating in civil discourse and fighting misinformation is what patriotism and the American dream look like.

“I will NOT be silenced,” she concluded on Medium. “I WILL fight for women’s right to choose, enact better gun laws and fight for equal rights. Because this is America.”

The Contra Costa Republican Party has since called for the immediate resignation of Avila Farias.

“The greatness of America is that people of all political persuasions, opinions, perspectives can have their voices heard and respected, and at the end of the day, we all love this country, no matter who is president or who leads Congress. “said Matt Shupe, chairman of the Republican Party of Contra Costa.

Although he appears to agree with Avila Farias on freedom of speech, the local Republican Party has decided to circulate a petition calling for the board member to resign.