Rapidly growing Moms for Liberty to host summit
Moms for Liberty, a conservative parent group that battled against school mask mandates that were created in Florida, is set to host its first national conference this week in Tampa.
The Moms for Liberty “Joyful Warriors” summit, from Thursday through Sunday, will feature a long list of conservative speakers and panels on issues ranging from school safety, elections, and lobbying, according to their website.
The goal of the summit is to equip parents to use the “tools in their toolbox to do whatever they need to be effective advocates in their community,” co-founder Tiffany Justice said in an interview on Tuesday.
“We advocate joyfully, so bringing everybody together for a celebration makes sense. “We do believe in some ways we are war moms. We do believe that in some ways we’re fighting for the life of America.”
An expected 500 people are expected to show up to the event, not including the organizers and speakers. Registration was open to the public and cost $199 per person, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Among the events, and sponsors is the Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization that trains conservatives in how to succeed in politics and government; the Heritage Foundation; and the Heritage Action for America.
Moms for Liberty was incorporated in January of 2021 by Justice, former Brevard County School Board member Tina Descovich and Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler whose husband, Christian Ziegler, is the vice chair of the Florida GOP.
The group first gained momentum after confronting school leaders over COVID-19 restrictions and race-related classroom material that was being taught. It has grown to 211 chapters across 38 states, expanding its reach to issues including how and when LGBT-related material should be taught to younger audiences.
Justice attributes the growing ability of parents to dive into their children’s curriculum to the wave of online learning and at-home instruction during the pandemic.
“We’re moms, and we know what moms are worried about,” Justice said.
The organization has branded itself as a nonpartisan group and will feature guest speakers including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis, and former Trump Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.
The group has incorporated as a 501(C)(4) “social welfare” Nonprofit, meaning it may do political work without disclosing its funders. The group’s three federal political action committees had no money in them, as of Tuesday. Justice addressed the voices of many critics who believed dark money had been used as a source of funds, stating critics “just can’t fathom that a group of women could come together and make this happen.”
One event titled “Gender Ideology in Our School” alludes to the GOP’s recent push to weed out classroom instruction regarding sexual orientation and identity, as was highlighted in Governor DeSantis’ recent Parental Rights Bill. Other panels of the group express the group’s dissension with topics such as critical race theory, a subject that has been a hot topic in Florida, as Governor DeSantis and the legislature passed laws regarding how the issue of race and racism can be taught
The core belief of the group, which has become a staple ideology for many, is the belief that parents across the state of Florida and the United States deserve to have access to and even a say regarding what their children are learning in schools.
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