The same day the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed President Trump’s executive authority to restrict entry into the U.S. from designated countries, “La Raza Randy” Boyd’s collaborator Renata Soto, founder and director of Conexion Americas spoke to a group organized by Tennessee’s American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), rallying against the court’s decision and in support of the “NoMuslimBanEver”-“NoBanNoWall” campaign:
…while we are at a really low point and a sad, sad day for this country’s history I know that we are more powerful than one directive from the courts. And if each of us help one person register to vote for all of us who have migrated from other countries and took the step to become a U.S. citizen, if we find one or two people who are already registered or are actually eligible to become U.S. citizens and we encourage them to take that step and we encourage them to make sure that they claim their place in this country not only because it feels good, but also because we need to expand and amplify our voice and we do that through political power and through votes…
I know with the young and beautiful people and diverse voices gathered here today that our voice and our vision of this country is what will prevail and that is a country where there is a place for all of us, for all of our voices, our religions, our ways of life and I am confident that as a Nashvillian, that we will show the rest of the country how to build that truly inclusive community.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Boyd earned his moniker “La Raza Randy” because of his multiple connections to Soto who served for three years as the board vice-president of the George Soros-funded National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and then in 2015 stepped up to lead the board as its president. She continues to serve in this position.
A year after Soto was elected as chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Boyd and his wife made a $250,000 donation to her Nashville organization, Conexion Americas, which serves legal immigrants and illegal aliens. The same month Boyd was gifting money to Soto’s organization, he founded his education non-profit Complete Tennessee, including Soto as one of his board members.
Boyd’s organization in turn, serves as a state partner to Soto’s own education initiative the Tennessee Education Equity Coalition (TEEC) which says that students who arrived in Tennessee in violation of U.S. immigration law deserve “educational equity.”
Although Boyd claims that his ‘never-Trump’ days are over, shortly after the election, Soto became an anti-Trump Nashville “Indivisible” organizer. Six months later, Soto organized a second anti-Trump event in Nashville.
It should come as no surprise therefore, that Renata Soto was a featured speaker at another gathering rallying against President Trump’s administration.
Anti-Trumpists were prepared to rally either in celebration of the high court ruling against the President’s travel ban or as it turned out, to protest against the decision that upheld the President’s authority.
“NoMuslimBanEver” rallies held in other cities including Nashville were sponsored by MPowerChange and local groups like AMAC. They were a precursor to the “FamiliesBelongTogether” campaign and even more rallies aiming to join legal immigration issues like refugee resettlement to illegal immigration.
MPowerChange is led by anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour who has spoken at conferences in Tennessee.
In advance of the Supreme Court’s decision, the uber-leftist New York public relations firm BerlinRosen prepared the “NoMuslimBanEver” campaign ToolKit complete with talking points, slogans, and scripted Instagram stories with images.
One of the two founding principals of the BerlinRosen firm was a former ACORN employee (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). In 2010, it was reported that 18 of ACORN’s former employees “have admitted guilt or been convicted on varying charges of election fraud.”
The BerlinRosen firm is credited with helping Bill DeBlasio get elected and then re-elected as mayor of New York City. Other clients include SEIU, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, National Organization for Women, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish organization whose founding chairman was George Soros’ son Alex.
Conexion Americas’ building Casa Azafran houses a variety of organizations including the American Muslims Advisory Council (AMAC) and the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), both of which are beneficiaries of George Soros money.
TIRRC and Conexion Americas are formal affiliates of Soto’s National Council of La Raza organization which over the years has been generously funded by George Soros in amounts typically exceeding $2 million.
Soto’s Nashville Casa Azafran also houses the commercial kitchen Mesa Komal whose name was modified to include the “Jenny and Randy Boyd Culinary Incubator” after they made their quarter of a million dollar gift to Soto’s Nashville organization.