Since the COVID epidemic, every election has been about our children. Every election our children are on the ballot. Every policy decision and every law being passed impacts our children and our families. Voting is imperative. Voting is a right. This is how we function in our Republic. Voting has consequences!
Every year in New Jersey, in virtually every school district, there is a seat available on every local school Board of Education.
The COVID pandemic exposed what was happening in our government schools. Every parent got to see and hear what children were being taught. What they heard was not reading, writing, or arithmetic. Nor did they hear factual American history being presented to the children in the inadequate Zoom instruction. What they discovered was grooming and Marxist propaganda. Academics were not the focus.
So how does a responsible voter determine who to vote for?
Local school board elections are nonpartisan. No candidate is identified as being associated or affiliated with any organized political party.
Many Board of Education candidates use slogans. Some of the slogans are “Excellence in Education” or “Education for All” and “Kids 1st!” So what does excellence in education mean? All of us want excellence in education. We want everyone to receive an education and we certainly want to put our children first. So, what do the slogans mean and what do the candidates that use them mean?
This year, candidates with an apple on their Facebook page or yard signs are part of the woke mob. This woke mob accuses you of wanting to ban books when you find books that are nothing more than pure pornography available in the school where you pay taxes. We have not seen a parent yet who asked to “ban books.” The request by concerned parents has been to not make pornographic material available for children because it is not age-appropriate. The woke mob wants to continue to advance gender confusion for children as early as preschool. This is the Black Apple Mob! But do not be confused if the apple is white or red or green or an outline of an apple. It is still the same Black Apple Mob. They are Poisonous Apples!!
From all the woke chaos that was exposed by the lockdowns came groups like Moms for Liberty, Protect Child Health Coalition, and Children’s Health Defense just to name a few.
Equally impressive is the network of grassroots and media organizations that have been individually created in support of the parental rights movement. Started only two years ago, Chaos & Control and NJ Project Research have added to the work done by organizations like the Sunlight Policy Center, NJ Education Report, and the Center for Garden State Families.
In an excellent report, Chaos & Control highlights the investigative journalism of three Morris County school board candidates:
It’s about all those “apple” candidates running for the board of education – and it exposes their connection to a far-left “resistance” group called Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ). Chaos & Control writes:
In exchange for marketing and campaign assistance, ATNJ school board candidates are asked to sign a pledge to teachers and a pledge to keep any book in the library, no matter how age-inappropriate. Not one mention of the actual customers of the public schools, the kids, and their parents.
If these candidates are incumbents, you can likely file ethics charges on them. School Board members must swear to abide by the Code of Ethics encoded in the law. If you have taken this pledge, they have likely violated the following:
- F. I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends.
ATNJ is a partisan political group if there ever was one.
You can tell who owns these candidates by the yellow sticker and black apple, or as we like to call it, “Bad Apples.”
A leading conservative voice in the Garden State, Jersey Conservative reminded us in a recent post how ATNJ has an eerie similarity to the anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour.
“Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ) has a controversial history of political activism.
In 2020, ATNJ organized a #PoliceFreeSchools campaign in Elizabeth, Newark, Camden, Trenton, and elsewhere. Their stated goal was to start a “movement” to “advance a racial justice agenda in public education. That means #PoliceFreeSchools.”
ATNJ organized a petition drive to ban police from public and public charter schools, claiming “police in schools is an issue of American racial disparity that requires structural change” and that “for many Black and Brown youth, the presence of police in their schools disrupts their learning environment.”
ATNJ also claimed that the presence of police in schools had a “disparate impact… on students of color, students with disabilities, and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/ questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA).”
In 2018, Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ) received CAIR-NJ’s highest honor, its “Breaking Barriers Award”. CAIR-NJ is the local affiliate of CAIR, which has been designated a “terrorist” organization by one of America’s closest Islamic allies (the UAE) and a member of the United Nations. According to ATNJ’s own press release:
The award was presented this year at Pines Manor by Roula Allouch, CAIR National Chairwoman; Nadia Kahf, CAIR-NJ Chairwoman, and Ahmed Al Shehab, CAIR-NJ Founder and National Board Chair. This year’s keynote speaker was Linda Sarsour, American activist and co-founder of Women’s March.
ATNJ and its executive director received recognition from CAIR-NJ for providing “leadership to shepherd this group of virtual citizens, every day New Jerseyans who care about their country, into action. Some of their initiatives included running a nationwide membership drive for CAIR and CAIR-NJ, organizing small group socials with ATNJ members and CAIR-NJ members, voter registration drives in central and south New Jersey to register Muslim American voters, Know Your Rights workshops, and holding a No Hate Vigil in northern NJ.”
Linda Sarsour is best remembered for her statements in support of Jihad, including, “When we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of Jihad.” Sarsour told a rally organized by American Muslims for Palestine that Israel Is “built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else.” Sarsour equated the Jewish state with “white supremacy”.
Linda Sarsour was forced out of the Women’s March organization because many of that group’s leaders believed her to be anti-Semitic. Sarsour is now active with the the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), a coalition of over 300 organizations, that joined together shortly after the Second Intifada in 2001 to coordinate their efforts and develop a single national voice. Formerly known as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, USCPR seeks to achieve “no less than the transformation of U.S. public opinion” so that America ceases to support Israel.”
Considering the barbaric assault on Israel October 7 by Hamas terrorist and the vulgar hate and anti-Semitic extremism in major cities and campuses in the United States and across the world, any connection to ATNJ by any board of election candidate in New Jersey is intolerable. No candidate with an Action Together New Jersey endorsement or association is worthy