By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)

The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (shortened to By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN) is a radical left-wing coalition linked with the Trotskyist Revolutionary Workers League created in 1995 in Berkeley, California. BAMN’s principles, adopted in 2000, say the organization is "dedicated to building a new mass civil rights movement to defend affirmative action, integration, and the other gains of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and to advance the struggle for equality in American society by any means necessary."

BAMN employs aggressive "militant" direct action and litigation to support its cause. BAMN protests of official government bodies have resulted in flipping tables and other disruptive outbursts. BAMN demonstrators have been arrested for inciting riots, throwing rocks at police, and destruction of property. BAMN has additionally been described as a radical caucus within teachers unions.

In June 2016, BAMN along with other radical leftist groups aligned with the far-left extremist Antifa movement.

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BAMN's People

Name Relationship URL
Yvette Felarca BAMN Northern California Coordinator Link

BAMN's Actions

Reported Headline URL
2020-07-23 Protesters impede buses at Detroit terminal in effort to hinder summer school Link

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BAMN has been around since the 1990s and uses both litigation and "militant direct actions," including rallies, protests, and petition drives, to fight for its agenda. They'll riot when it suits their purpose.

BAMN’s "no-wait, rough-and-ready tactics" have earned them multiple critics including teacher unionists, federal officials, and segments of the Left who view its brand of militancy as overly divisive. Some accuse BAMN of inciting physical violence or taking overly uncompromising stances.

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