Tea Partier Running for Murrieta City Council Organizing Racist Protests

Jul 4, 2014
9:39 PM

Meet Diana Serafin.


She is running for Murrieta City Council. In 2010, Serafin was quoted in The New York Times about efforts to stop the construction of a mosque in Temecula, California:

Recently, a small group of activists became alarmed about the mosque. Diana Serafin, a grandmother who lost her job in tech support this year, said she reached out to others she knew from attending Tea Party events and anti-immigration rallies. She said they read books by critics of Islam, including former Muslims like Walid Shoebat, Wafa Sultan and Manoucher Bakh. She also attended a meeting of the local chapter of ACT! for America, a Florida-based group that says its purpose is to defend Western civilization against Islam.

“As a mother and a grandmother, I worry,” Ms. Serafin said. “I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme Court< to see that Shariah is implemented. My children and grandchildren will have to live under that.”

Four years later, Serafin has gone from her fears of Islam to those of immigrants, becoming one of the key organizers of the current anti-immigrant rallies in Murrieta.

Candidate Serafin has taken her views public with her current public social media posts. Here are some recent screen grabs from her public Facebook profile.

This is a post Serafin shared yesterday informing protesters they should refrain from shouting out “racist names” and not “yelling hate.”


This is what Serafin posted on July 3:


Some of the responses Serafin received suggested calls for a “militia” to show up at the July 4 protests:


Serafin shared another update about the July 4 protests:


Here is another update from July 3:


Another one from yesterday:


And one from today:


Serafin has also been active organizing on Twitter: