Ismael Chamu, 21, a student at the university of Berkeley, launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him pay for housing, food, and school supplies.
A Berkeley, Calif., activist who expressed support for the Antifa and was charged last summer with destroying the property of people with hateful graffiti has raised more than $85,000 after reports in the media about his difficult living conditions.
Ismael Chamu, 21, a fourth-year student at the University of Callifornia at Berkeley, launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him pay for housing, food, and school supplies.
“His family has struggled in recent months to make ends meet. Currently, he helps support his two sisters, brother, mom and dad. He is to leave his current accommodation on the 13th. The money will be used to buy food, secure housing, and school supplies,” the campaign page states.
Chamu has the money since Monday, thanks to a swollen article in the Los Angeles Times, he describes his great ambitions and problems, only to come around.
“Ishmael constantly tries to find shelter and enough food for himself and for his brothers and sisters while working at a campus job, leading a student club and try to earn money with a bachelor’s degree in sociology,” the article read.
But Chamu is a well-known progressive activist in the Berkeley area who does not shy away from the violent rhetoric and actions – a fact that the article in the first instance is omitted.
On June 27, 2017, he was arrested and later charged with felony vandalism and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti in an incident with the painting of a house with hateful and racist graffiti.
Some of the messages included “F— White People,” “F— the police,” “F— Frat Boys,” “Kill Cops” and “Kill Yuppies,” “Eat the Rich,” “Class War” and “Black Lives Matter.”
Berkeley police Sgt. Peter Hong said Chamu ‘ s Facebook account items included “in accordance with the graffiti messages.” These messages contain “f— of the police, the revolt of the Black Life of the Matter, God Bless Antifa, White Nationalism, and the supremacy of the technical development and the adverse impact on Black and Brown bodies,” KTVU reported.
He also reportedly expressed support of Antifa in Berkeley after the protests in Berkeley last year, where the peaceful free speech of activists clashed with the anarchists. He said that the police protected the right wing activists were “hand-in-hand with the Nazis,” Berkleyside reported.
Chamu denied his involvement in the crime and pleaded not guilty. He said that the police racially profiled him because he is Mexican.
“I was kidnapped by armed agents. I was humiliated. I was traumatized,” Chamu wrote on Facebook last year. “The Police racially profiled me that Mexican. For a ‘Burglar’ appear ‘Dangerous.’ I will never forget this.”
His arrest led to support of the student leaders at the university of Berkeley and the radical Berkeley Jesse Arreguin, who called the incident ” unacceptable.” Chamu was not convicted of the crime after the outpouring of the opposition by the local police.
The Berkeley activist also allegedly wrote a blog post supporting violent anarchists and burning down of private property rights. “Private property must be destroyed, bars, and hipster shops should be removed, Google’s satellite offices must be burned, and Google buses need to be cut,” he wrote in a now-deleted article.
He criticized “Liberal Hillary supporters” and “White technicians” for “meander[ing] at the moment a barricade, struck in the Amazon student store; they run, and cry at the time that someone praises Antifa.”
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.