Moms for Liberty is no longer just three mothers from Florida protesting COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, it is now a full-blown Republican political action committee (PAC). The movement aims to erase the parts of U.S. life and history that typically make bigoted Americans uncomfortable. These topics include truth, slavery, systemic poverty, systemic racism, and personal rights guaranteed in the nation’s Constitution. As a result, the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies them as an antigovernment group.
While the Moms for Liberty PAC is designated as an antigovernment extremist organization, its current objective is race-based hatred. This so-called modern parental rights movement opposes LGBTQ+ and racially inclusive school curricula. They were also fierce supporters of banning books that contain or elude to such topics: Including those without words like “And Tango Makes Three.”
According to PBS, “And Tango Makes Three” is a picture book based on the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who raised a chick together.
Notably, the only way to make this book about homosexuality is to humanize these penguins and insert anti-LGBTQ+ bias.
Moms for Liberty spent time inflaming school board meetings for the past two years. These activists aggressively complained about classroom instruction covering systemic racism and gender identity.
Observers of this PAC long believed those attacks were precursors for the agenda laid out during their 2nd annual “Joyful Warriors” national summit this weekend in Philadelphia.
The group’s co-founder confirmed the worst. According to AP News, Tiffany Justice said: “Moms for Liberty will use its political action committee next year to engage in school board races nationwide.” Their PAC will “start endorsing at the state board and elected superintendents.
Will Moms for Liberty Agenda Serve All Americans?
Moms for Liberty hosted the top two 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls, former President Donald J. Trump and Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis and two other candidates.
During his speech, Trump said: “You have proven beyond all doubt that there is no earthly force more powerful than a mother for her children — that’s true. You’re not a threat to America. You’re the best thing that has ever happened to America.”
On the other side of the fence is the American Historical Society. Earlier last week, they said Moms For Liberty “had crossed a boundary in its attempts to silence and harass teachers rather than participate in legitimate controversy” when they urged Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution to cancel the Moms for Liberty gathering.
Moms for Liberty was started in January 2021 by three Florida school board members, Tina Descovich, Tiffany Justice, and Bridget Ziegler, the wife of Florida’s Republican Chairman, Christian Ziegler. In the past two years, they have gained political clout by working with the Florida governor’s campaign to destroy the nation that many people sacrificed their lives to build.
But they have competition. The executive director of the progressive MomsRising Together advocacy group, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, called Moms for Liberty “more of a grass tops organization in terms of being a highly-funded vocal minority of moms in America.” Most “moms and people in America do not support book bans, exclusion, and hate.” Using schoolchildren, schools, and families as political footballs is not okay.
Additionally, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a new campaign. “Save Our School Boards” also intends to create a national school board slate. Hannah Riddle told Politico: “Our targets are largely battleground states. In 2023, Pennsylvania is going to be a huge focus for us. These issues are going to drive people to the polls.”
Moms for Liberty’s agenda does not serve every American when its policies meet less than a third of voters’ approval. It’s time to support those fighting against those suppressing most of the population’s voices.
Written by Cathy Milne-Ware
The Hill: The myth of ‘woke’ indoctrination of students; opinion by Glenn C. Altschuler and David Wippman
AP News: Moms for Liberty’s focus on school races nationwide sets up political clash with teachers unions; Ali Swenson
Politico: The parents group Republicans are banking on to win the White House; by Juan Perez Jr.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Moms for Liberty