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October 13, 2021
Washington, DC

Conservatives are deeply disturbed by the efforts of the Department of Justice to criminalize parental dissent at school board meetings. This is a dangerous and anti-democratic attempt at intimidation that should be vigorously opposed.

The DOJ has recently announced it will direct the FBI to investigate “threats of violence” at school board meetings. The announcement came just days after the National School Boards Association urged the Biden administration to invoke the Patriot Act against concerned parents, as they might be engaged in “domestic terrorism.”

This level of outright authoritarianism must be opposed. Parents not only pay for the instruction taking place in public schools, but as parents, have the right to know how and in what manner their children are being instructed. Those expressions of disagreement and demands for accountability are not only appropriate in a democratic society, but protected under the Constitution.

If Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Biden administration are going to make it their business to ban, demean, and belittle parents and citizens for engaging in protected speech in the institutions funded by their tax dollars, the response from concerned parents must be more speech, not less.

We urge all parents to attend their school board meetings, to use their rights to speak, to request documents under the Freedom of Information Laws, to engage in dialogue with the elected school boards who are there to serve their interests, or merely to be present.

American citizens will not be intimidated in the face of such wildly inappropriate and despotic tactics from the Department of Justice – and in fact, we are now further motivated to peaceably assemble and speak out on behalf of the way our children are being instructed and formed.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Distinguished Fellow Emeritus
The Heritage Foundation

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers

Kevin Roberts, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)

Kelly K. Schackelford, Esq.
President and CEO
First Liberty Institute

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth

Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Counselor to the U.S. Attorney General

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Advancing American Freedom

L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Wesley Denton
Chief Operating Officer
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Tom McClusky
Greenlight Strategies, LLC

Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman, Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

Lori Roman
President, American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU)

Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Thomas Fitton
President, Judicial Watch, Inc.
President, Council for National Policy

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

The Honorable Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
Election Transparency Initiative

The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

The Honorable Brooke Rollins
President and CEO
America First Policy Institute (AFPI)

Noah Wall
Executive Vice President

Rachel A. Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

William L. Walton
Managing Editor and Host
The Bill Walton Show

Virginia Thomas
Liberty Consulting

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council

The Honorable Russ Vought
Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

Carrie Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum

Heather R. Higgins
Independent Women’s Voice

Julie Gunlock
Content Director
Independent Women’s Network

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

Haley E. Martin
Past President
The Martin Foundation

Guillermo J. Aragon
Senior Partner
Corbere Partners

Christina Murphy Lusk
The Martin Foundation

Lourdes Cosio
Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Bishop E.W. Jackson
STAND Foundation, Inc.

Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Seton Motley
Less Government

Karen England
Executive Director, Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute

Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action

Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States

Sean Noble
American Encore

Reverend Gregory Quinlan
Center for Garden State Families

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association

Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company

Don Woodsmall
Managing Member
Arromid, LLC

Brian Rogers
The Jesse Helms Center

Garland S. Tucker III
Retired Founder
CEO Triange Capital Corp

Martha Boneta
Vote America First

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation

Willes K. Lee
Immediate Past President

William Shaker
Washington Marketing Group

Allen Herbert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Richard Wright

Marc Little
Executive Director
CURE America Action

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor

Floyd Brown
The Western Journal

Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group

Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park

James Taylor
The Heartland Institute

The Honorable Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
Former Congressman
1st Congressional District of Kansas

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson
President (2013-2019)
National Religious Broadcasters

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Donna Rice Hughes
CEO & President
Enough Is Enough

William W. Pascoe, III
Our Man in Washington
Tea Party Patriots Action

Lee Beaman
Beaman Ventures

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family Property, Inc.

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner
Cornwall Alliance

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus

Chad Connelly
Faith Wins

Richard G. Scurry
VP Product Development

Tom DeWeese
American Policy Center

Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute

The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State Representative

Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle

Kathleen Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising

Jeremy Cerone
Chairman, William F. Buckley Jr. Council
Council for National Policy

E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures

Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Melvin Adams
Noah Webster Educational Foundation

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan’s Chief Defense and Space Negotiator & Former SDI Director

Tim Throckmorton
Lifepointe Ministries

Dr. Allen Unruh
National Abstinence Clearinghouse

Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio

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