Political and communication strategist, Tezlyn Figaro once served as National Director of Justice for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. In 2018, she says she was fired from Sanders surrogate organization, Our Revolution, for her staunch African American advocacy. Now she sues for wrongful termination and racial discrimination.
With a history of social justice and economic activism, Figaro joined the Sanders campaign to help mobilize Black people. According to the US veteran and news commentator, she along with many Black team members and even surrogates expressed concern when they saw Sanders refusal to adequately address race, and in particular the concerns of African Americans.
After she began to work at Our Revolution, an organization that emerged out of the Sanders campaign, she was met with more hostility for her focus on Black issues. Some staffers, publicly expressed discomfort for Figaro’s position on immigration by citing a Figaro Tweet posted years earlier. Suddenly, her pro-African American stance was deemed as anti-immigrant. Figaro says she was booted from Our Revolution without the opportunity to address the concerns of her colleagues. Now she fights to clear her name.
Since speaking about her Equal Employment Opportunity claim, Figaro has been providing an extensive list of instances and documentation to back up her claims.
Bernie Sanders anti black outreach receipts here ??think it is just me? Dare to find out the truth!
— Tezlyn Figaro (@TezlynFigaro) May 20, 2019
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