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District of Columbia | October 21, 2021

Garland expected to face intense questioning on controversial school board memo, other ongoing crises

District of Columbia | October 21, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland is scheduled to testify in his first oversight hearing with the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday – offering both sides of the aisle opportunities to press him on key issues. Texas’ abortion ban, voting rights, the border crisis and the Jan. 6 riots could all come up as big topics that have caught attention during his brief time leading the Department of Justice (DOJ). Republicans will likely hone in on Garland’s recent memo, announcing that the FBI would investigate threats or intimidation by parents against school boards across the U.S. … (Excerpts from the Fox News)

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District of Columbia | October 20, 2021

17 States Warn Federal Government Not to Threaten Parents Who Protest Local School Boards

District of Columbia | October 20, 2021

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter (PDF) to President Joe Biden in September asking for “federal assistance to stop threats” against school board members. Parents across the country are upset about what government schools are teaching their children, and school boards claim parents have threatened them.

The organization invoked the Patriot Act, a controversial law passed after Islamic terrorists murdered Americans on September 11, 2001. The Patriot Act expanded the federal government’s powers purportedly to deal with foreign terrorism.

The NSBA asked that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security, and the FBI review “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials.”

Additionally, NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure….. (Black Community News)

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District of Columbia | October 18, 2021

‘Unprecedented’ Supply Chain Problems Hit School Cafeterias Across US

District of Columbia | October 18, 2021

A growing number of school districts have said that supply chain bottlenecks have forced them to suspend services or food items.

A spokesperson for Denver Public Schools (DPS), Theresa Hafner, said Sunday that the district is “struggling to receive enough milk to serve to every child at breakfast and lunch every day,” saying that parents should provide reusable bottles for children.

“When the milk is available, we are prioritizing serving milk at breakfast at all schools and at our elementary schools for lunch,” Hafner told Business Insider. “I think the milk company is trying its best to give most schools at least some milk, but not a complete order,” she added.

Earlier this month, DPS told parents that it was experiencing “unprecedented supply-chain challenges with food and milk this fall.” As a result, some of the food served to students may differ than what’s on the menu… (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | October 11, 2021

Remembering the Courage of Christopher Columbus

District of Columbia | October 11, 2021
By Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich and Speaker Newt Gingrich. Today we remember the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who in October 1492 landed in the Bahamas and became the first Western European to discover what the Europeans would call the New World. When Columbus and his crew of approximately 200 sailors left Spain in three crowded ships – the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria – they set their sails toward an unknown horizon. They expected to discover a trade route to India. (Most Europeans at the time knew the earth was round – but they were unaware of the North and South American continents.) Instead of finding a route to Southeast Asia, Columbus and his crew landed on a continent of new opportunities. Columbus’s accidental discovery opened a permanent passage across the Atlantic and redrew the known map of the world.
Today, there is a large and growing effort across the country to erase Columbus from history and demonize him and other European explorers who followed him.  During the civil unrest and riots in the summer of 2020, public statues of Columbus across the nation were pulled down, beheaded, or otherwise vandalized.
While Columbus Day remains a federal holiday, dozens of states and cities across the nation have elected to abolish or replace this holiday in the name of so-called social justice…. (Excerpts from Gingrich360)
District of Columbia | October 5, 2021

Garland Directs FBI To Target Parents For ‘Harassment, Intimidation’

District of Columbia | October 5, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland called on the FBI to “use its authority” against parents who threaten or use violence against public school officials in a Monday memorandum. Garland said he is directing the FBI to work with each U.S. attorney and leaders “in each federal judicial district” to discuss strategy to address threats within 30 days of his statement. The Department of Justice’s memorandum did not specify what it classifies as a crime. Garland’s statement follows a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA) that asked the federal government to get involved in the “immediate threat” of violence from parents faced by American public schools and its education officials. The NSBA said the incidents could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”.. (Excerpts from  Daily Caller)

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District of Columbia | October 3, 2021

National School Boards Association declares conservative parents to be domestic terrorists

District of Columbia | October 3, 2021

By Everett Piper
ANALYSIS/OPINION
. On September 29, 2021, the National School Boards Association (NSBA), which claims to represent “90,000 school board members who govern our country’s 14,000 local public-school districts educating more than 50 million schoolchildren” across America, sent Joe Biden a letter. Their purpose was to warn our addled President that our nation’s schools are under the imminent threat of “domestic terrorism.” While the Amerika intelligentsia persists in butchering your children’s souls in their grisly game of social engineering, they have the temerity to deny they’re doing it and then to turn around and call you a “domestic terrorist” if you object. … (Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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