"I guess wackos are not all that popular"
More great news from the election: “Moms For Liberty”—the hate group that advocates for book bans, anti-LGBTQ+ policies, and religious nationalism in schools—lost nearly across the board in elections nationwide.
Moms for Liberty helped elect 365 candidates to school boards the last two years, but the group only won 50 seats in about 24,000 races this November. This includes many historically conservative districts.
What was responsible?
Highly-shared posts by voters on the internet included sentiments like “I guess wackos are not all that popular as vote getters.” Voters may also be getting wind of the fact that “culture war” politics contribute to community decline by placing private interests over public well-being.
In a “How-to” piece about defeating Moms for Liberty, Ohio parent-turned-organizers shared their formula for success::
- Google “How to start a PAC in [state]”
- Talk to center-leaning parents in a non-partisan way
- Stay on brand: no culture wars, no extremism.
Their campaign won bipartisan support in their community and defeated Moms for Liberty candidates 3-1.
Similar campaigns are already up and running in Arizona, like The Real CFSD in Tucson. If you’re interested in taking similar action, get on their volunteer list (and ours) and keep your eyes on our listings below for opportunities to get involved.
BREAKING: Magic sugar pills not as effective as medicine
This past September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to eight companies for manufacturing or marketing unapproved eye drops in violation of federal law. The eye drops in question, which include the brands EzriCare, Delsam, and Similasan, claim to be “homeopathic eye drop solutions” that purport to relieve dry eyes, pink eye, cataracts, styes, allergy symptoms, and computer eyes.
The problem? Homeopathy is a nonsensical, unregulated junk science and these eye drops can actually harm people.
Committee opening in Prescott
Boards, Committees and Commissions provide opportunities for secular citizens to take an active role in their local government.
Prescott is currently looking to fill five seats on the Civic Enhancement Committee. The committee handles the distribution of grants, acceptance of public art donations & projects, recommendations to Council regarding development and advancement of public services provided by the library and parks & recreation needs of the community. It would be a great role for anyone passionate about protecting against censorship and proselytizing within these city services.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Volunteer to monitor meetings here.
- Mesa Public Schools: 11/28 at 6:30 PM - 549 S.Stapley Dr., Mesa
- Peoria Unified: 12/14 6pm - 6330 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale
- Paradise Valley Unified: 12/17 - 15002 North 32nd Street, Phoenix
- Chandler Unified: 12/13 at 7:00PM - 525 W Frye Road, Chandler
- Scottsdale Unified: 12/12 at 6PM - Board Room/Lecture Hall at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Avenue
- Deer Valley Unified: 12/12, 11/28 at 6PM - 20402 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix
- Mingus Union: 12/14 at 6pm - 1801 E. Fir St., Cottonwood (library)
- Catalina Foothills: 12/12 at 6:30 PM Carole Siegler Boardroom at 3435 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson
- Fountain Hills: 12/6 at 5PM 16000 E. Palisades Blvd., Fountain Hills
- Casa Grande Unified High School District: 12/05 at 6:30 PM 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave. Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Cancer fundraiser for school board member
Member Ann Elizabeth Ordway—a reliable voice of reason at Deer Valley Unified School District—has shared that she has cancer and will be undergoing chemotherapy treatment. A constituent in her district has put together a fundraiser to help her with treatment, and if you’re so moved, show this tireless public servant of 14 years your appreciation.
Volunteers needed to collect signatures for abortion amendment
Arizona for Abortion Access has launched the petition gathering effort to put abortion on the ballot in 2024. The “Arizona Abortion Access Act” would enshrine the fundamental right to abortion in Arizona’s constitution for generations to come. The amendment is critical to ensure abortion access in the state.
The campaign must collect 383,923 valid signatures from Arizona voters by July 3, 2024 in order to qualify on the ballot. Sign up to be a volunteer here.