Moms for Liberty named ‘extremist’ by civil rights watchdog

NPR, Odette Yousef, June 7, 2023

The Southern Poverty Law Center labelled a dozen so-called “parental rights” groups as anti-government extremist. These include Moms for Liberty and Purple for Parents (Indiana).

The SPLC report compares Moms for Liberty and similar organizations of today to pro-segregationist parent groups that flourished in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

“They really are seeking to undermine public education holistically and to divide communities.” One tactic they use is to show up to school board meetings with far-right groups (such as the Proud Boys) who explicitly advocate for and/or commit intimidation and violence.

Majority of book challenges across the nation were filed by just 11 people

Washington Post, May 24, 2023, Hannah Natanson

Books about LGBTQ people are fast becoming the main target of a historic wave of school book challenges — and a large percentage of the complaints come from a minuscule number of hyperactive adults. In some cases, these serial filers relied on a network of volunteers gathered together under the aegis of conservative parents’ groups such as Moms for Liberty.

Unmasking Moms for Liberty

Media Matters, Nov. 12, 2021, Olivia Little

Moms for Liberty, a nonprofit claiming to advocate for “parental rights,” appears to be using parents as pawns to advance a far-right agenda. The group — which has quickly gained substantial media attention, becoming a right-wing sweetheart and mainstream spectacle — has attempted to paint itself as a grassroots entity driven entirely by passionate parents. But in reality, it benefits from right-wing funding and ties to traditional Republican political figures.