Antifa militant with ties to MS-13, 2 public school teachers charged in anti-Israel Seattle freeway blockade

King County filed charges against 6 people for the blockade which trapped motorists and emergency vehicles for over 5 hours.

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
Two Seattle public school teachers and an Antifa militant with ties to the MS-13 gang were among those charged for shutting down the Interstate 5 freeway in January as part of an anti-Israel demonstration.

On Friday, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) filed misdemeanor charges against six people in connection with the January 6 blockade, during which hundreds of anti-Israel activists flooded the northbound lanes of the freeway and trapped thousands of motorists and emergency vehicles for over 5 hours, according to KING 5.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) previously referred charges for 12 of the anti-Israel activists. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (KCPAO), “five additional individuals are still being investigated.” At the same time, one case was declined because “evidence was insufficient to prove charges against the specific defendant,” because evidence “did not indicate the person in this case was actively on Interstate 5.”

Five of the activists have been charged with second-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. One person was only charged with disorderly conduct.

According to documents obtained by The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI, among those charged was James Whitney Kahn Parker, a paraeducator at Franklin High School in the Seattle Public Schools district.

Parker, who describes himself as “anti-Zionist,” bragged about shutting down the freeway in videos he posted from the blockade to his social media accounts. He also boasted about shutting down the Space Needle and the University Bridge on the last night of Hannukah to demand a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas terrorists, a move that snarled traffic for hours.

At a recent meeting of the school board, Parker admitted to being part of the freeway shutdown while lamenting being “doxxed by right-wing extremists for participating in a peaceful protest.”

Parker also staged a sit-in at the office of Democratic Senator Patty Murray days after the Oct. 7 massacre of Israelis by Hamas. He has a criminal record consistent with activism and was active in the defund the police movement.

Parker is also a member of the Seattle Education Association teachers' union and the Democratic Socialists of America. Parker is also a regular at Marxist and socialist protests and was active during the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots of 2020.

Joseph Subido, a special education and humanities teacher at Ballard High School in the Seattle district, was also charged. Subido posted a video of himself on the freeway during the blockade to his social media accounts, which he quickly deleted.

Subido's Instagram account featured a link to a fundraiser for the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund which operates the Al-Rantisi hospital, one of the facilities that Hamas reportedly used for weapons storage and a base of operations against Israel in Gaza.

Christina DeVitt also started wiping her social media accounts once news leaked that charges were coming against the activists. She is a well-known Antifa activist with a criminal history, including causing significant damage to the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct during the 2020 BLM/Antifa riots. She also has ties to MS-13, one of the world's most brutal street gangs, internationally known for their violent murders.

Another one of the activists who was charged was Edward Mast. Mast was charged earlier this week for his role in allegedly blocking the freeway to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which delayed flights as part of another anti-Israel action.

Mast and his wife Linda Bevis are regulars at the Seattle protest scene. Bevis, the so-called "Bride of Palestine," revealed on social media that the SeaTac activists were bailed out of jail by the notorious Northwest Community Bail Fund. This fund is committed to defunding the police and abolishing prisons.

The remaining activists who were charged, Michael Moynihan and Rizwan Sawad, are regulars at anti-Israel protests in the area.

According to KCPAO, “At the January 6 protest on Interstate 5, none of the protesters were arrested by police. Police had to identify people later on based on admissible evidence, which creates a different legal scenario compared to when someone is booked and identified and fingerprinted the same day.”

Arraignments for the defendants are for 8:45 am on May 1.
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