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Biden Admin Promotes Activist Group That Seeks to 'Disrupt Whiteness,' Spread Critical Race Theory in Schools

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Whiteness is equated with evil by a group working hand in glove with the Biden administration’s Department of Education.

When the Department of Education released a handbook for reopening schools after lockdowns due to COVID-19, one of the links in that resource was to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.”

The Department of Education, in discussing the benefits of “equity” in the classroom, said, “Schools are microcosms of society; therefore, culturally responsive practices, intentional conversations related to race and social emotional learning, and helping students understand the skills they are building in school are the foundation for participating in a democracy and should be anchor tenets in building a schoolwide system of educational opportunity.”

On the phrase “race and social emotional learning,” the department linked to the Abolitionist Teaching Network’s guide.

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The guide, which aligns with the tenets of critical race theory, offers advice such as, “Remove all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit murder Black, Brown, and Indigenous children.”

It also calls for schools to provide “antiracist therapy for White educators and support staff.”

The guide linked to by the federal government notes that the Abolitionist Teaching Network also supports “[t]eaching standards, learning standards, and  teacher evaluations that are grounded in the pursuit of Black, Brown, and Indigenous liberation, criticality, excellence, and joy.”

Schools are encouraged to “[b]uild a school culture that engages in healing and advocacy. This requires a commitment to learning from students, families, and educators who disrupt Whiteness and other forms of oppression.”

The guide also claims that existing models of social and emotional learning “can be a covert form of policing used to punish, criminalize, and control Black, Brown, and Indigenous children.”

The Abolitionist Teaching Network “is dedicated to not creating new schools or reimagining schools, but destroying schools that do nothing but harm black and brown children,” co-founder Bettina Love said in a welcome webinar, according to Fox News.

She said the group’s goal is to have “activists in residence” travel to hotspots and “go into schools or communities and do the work of dismantling,” Fox reported.

“If you don’t recognize that white supremacy is in everything we do, then we got a problem,” Love said. “I want us to be feared.”

Brandelyn Tosolt, another co-founder of the group, said part of her work is “trying to help other white teachers trouble their internalized white supremacy and anti-blackness.”

The group’s Twitter feed, which is now protected, is a succession of race warrior messages.

“At the root of white-supremacy is the fear and hatred of anything and anyone ‘other.’ A desire to dehumanize and dominate,” one March 18 tweet read.

“Abolition because we want to abolish the structures that are used to maintain our oppression, not simply remodel them. Black & Brown children deserve new beginnings!” another tweet read.

“‘When you hit power, power hits back. White supremacy power doesn’t go away, it shifts, and it evolves’-Anthony Downer,” a July 9 tweet quoted.

In a resource cited on the group’s “Resources for Agitators” section on its website, Love said teachers should focus on teaching about racial violence and oppression.

“Teaching should be a part of your activism … You can’t want educational justice from 8-3:30,” she said. “I’m asking for a lifestyle. I’m asking for this to be how you see the world; not just something you do in your classroom.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Dan Bongino Punishes Sponsor for Bowing to Antifa Mob

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Cancellation can be a two-way street.

Nowhere is this more true than in the strange world of advertiser-targeting, long seen as a viable strategy on the left to choke off funding to conservative media. Leftist organizations like Media Matters for America and Sleeping Giants have run this grift for years with questionable success. If you’re unfamiliar, here’s how it goes:

Identify successful conservative media entity. Find out who advertises with it. Publicly call advertisers out on social media or through other channels. If possible, get a few more low-wattage blue checkmarks to pile on the outrage. If the advertiser doesn’t respond or doesn’t acquiesce, declare all-out war. If advertiser caves, chalk up another victory — and onward goes the march to ideological uniformity!

Irksome though this may be, it’s also inefficient. Try as Media Matters might, there aren’t enough Antioch College interns suffused with dangerous amounts of Red Bull and a preternatural certainty that anyone with a worldview that deviates significantly from theirs must never be paid a single cent to speak or write a word of their own opinion.

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Too many Americans, it seems, still believe in free speech and are willing to do business with companies that do, too.

And there are times it backfires significantly — as was the case with the home-security firm SimpliSafe, The Post Millennial and commentator Andy Ngô.

The Post Millennial, a conservative Canadian website, has been a target of Nandini Jammi of Check My Ads — an agency that promises advertisers it will keep a “brand away from fake news, disinformation, and hate speech,” presumably of the conservative variety — and Chad Loder, a left-wing extremist with alleged antifa ties.

Jammi and Loder got SimpliSafe to stop advertising on The Post Millennial thanks to a Twitter call-out. So, on his Friday show, radio host Dan Bongino said he was canceling SimpliSafe’s advertisements on his platforms.

Are advertisers caving to leftist pressure?

“I had this sponsor, SimpliSafe, and they’re a great company, I have no problem with the company at all,” Bongino said. However, he noted the to-do with The Post Millennial and the details surrounding it.

“So this guy … Chad Loder, he doesn’t like people going after antifa,” Bongino said, noting that Loder had recently been served with a restraining order after allegedly making threatening statements toward an individual.

“So this Chad Loder tweeted to SimpliSafe on their official account, they’re a security company, trying to say, ‘Hey, why are you guys advertising on Andy Ngô’s site he’s associated with called The Post Millennial,” Bongino continued.

“Well, The Post Millennial is not run by Andy Ngô,” he said. “Andy Ngô is not a conservative. He’s an Asian, gay man who is not a conservative at all, but he exposes antifa violence.”

“It’s weird,” Bongino continued, “because SimpliSafe responded to Chad Loder, and said, ‘hi Chad, thanks for bringing this to our attention … We notified our advertising partners and this site is being excluded from our ad buy ASAP.'”

Enter Jammi, who Bongino described as an individual who sits “in her basement, eating Mallomars, feeding her cats” and “in between that she likes to initiate boycotts of conservative websites, which is quite hilarious.”

“So, cat-lady writes …  ‘confirm: SimpliSafe is blocking its ads from The Post Millennial,'” Bongino said.

“Now keep in mind, and Nandini’s like: ‘Oh wow, look at this victory lap, look what we’re doing, this is so great,’ right?”

“Post Millennial may not have the assets I do,” Bongino continued, “or the resources, or the time, or the ‘go f*** yourself attitude’ I have. I’m sure they do — but they don’t have the assets to fight back that I do, which are substantial, thanks to people like Nandini.”

So, SimpliSafe can consider itself canceled from Bongino’s platforms.

“When you push me, I push back. You tell me to stop talking, I talk more,” Bongino said. “I thought, wouldn’t it be a good idea if we then told SimpliSafe ‘you better retract that’? Well, they haven’t yet — so we canceled them.

Bongino said it was “sad because they were a great company and produce a good product — and I also canceled the service, too.”

Granted, fights work both ways. Jammi says she’s relishing it because she loves “dragging obscure, buttoned-up adtech companies straight into the ring with me. I love having them come face-to-face with the bottom feeders they’ve been fueling all this time.”

Speaking of bottom-feeders, we were unable to access Loder’s reaction because his Twitter account is suspended for the moment.

Loder’s allies have chalked up the suspension due to mass reporting on the part of Andy Ngô’s followers, while Ngô wrote that Loder “glorified violence” on his account and noted an alternate account for a group Loder co-founded had also been taken down.

However, if the battle is between Bongino and Jammi, don’t count Bongino out — particularly because Jammi, Loder and their supporters are doing a good job of screening Bongino’s sponsors for him.

And cancellation cuts both ways.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Cancellation can be a two-way street. Nowhere is this more true than in the strange world of advertiser-targeting, long seen as a viable strategy on the left to choke off funding to conservative media. Leftist organizations like Media Matters for America and Sleeping Giants have run this grift for years with questionable success. If you’re unfamiliar, here’s how it goes: Identify successful conservative media entity. Find out who advertises with it. Publicly call advertisers out on social media or through other channels. If possible, get a few more low-wattage blue checkmarks to pile on the outrage. If the advertiser doesn’t respond or doesn’t acquiesce, declare all-out war. If advertiser caves, chalk up another victory — and onward goes the march to ideological uniformity! Irksome though this may be, it’s also inefficient. Try as Media Matters might, there aren’t enough Antioch College interns suffused with dangerous amounts of Red Bull and a preternatural certainty that anyone with a worldview that deviates significantly from theirs must never be paid a single cent to speak or write a word of their own opinion. Too many Americans, it seems, still believe in free speech and are willing to do business with companies that do, too. And there are times it backfires significantly — as was the case with the home-security firm SimpliSafe, The Post Millennial and commentator Andy Ngô. The Post Millennial, a conservative Canadian website, has been a target of Nandini Jammi of Check My Ads — an agency that promises advertisers it will keep a “brand away from fake news, disinformation, and hate speech,” presumably of the conservative variety — and Chad Loder, a left-wing extremist with alleged antifa ties. OK, HERE WE GO: In Nov. 2016, I co-founded Sleeping Giants. Today, we (@catthekin & I) are launching the next step of…

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Southwest Drops Plans to Punish Unvaccinated Workers After Employees Rise Up

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Southwest Airlines has ended its plan to place unvaccinated employees who have applied for a religious or medical exemption to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on unpaid leave after its Dec. 8 deadline.

Southwest’s senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg, and Julie Weber, vice president and chief people officer, wrote to staff on Friday regarding the issue, according to CNBC.

The new change will allow Southwest Airlines employees until Nov. 24 to be fully vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exemption. If an employee’s exemption is not approved by Dec. 8, an employee can continue to work while following mask and distancing guidelines until the request has been reviewed.

“This is a change from what was previously communicated. Initially, we communicated that these Employees would be put on unpaid leave and that is no longer the case,” the letter reportedly stated.

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Southwest Airlines is a federal contractor subject to the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate by Dec. 8, unless exempted.

Hundreds of current and former Southwest employees gathered outside the company’s Dallas headquarters on Monday to protest the vaccine mandate.

The workers held signs reading “Terminate the mandate,” “Freedom not force” and “No jabs for jobs,” KTVT-TV reported.

The group’s stated goal was to fight for medical freedom.

“All who believe in medical freedom are welcome to gather outside Southwest Airlines Headquarters,” a Facebook flyer for the event said. “More than anything, we want to get back to the heart of Southwest hospitality, where all employees feel welcomed, cared for, and appreciated.”

According to CNBC, Southwest canceled over 1,800 flights during the weekend of Oct. 9-10. At the time, a spokeswoman for the airline denied allegations the cancellations were related to a protest of the vaccine mandate.

“It’s inaccurate,” she said about reports of a “sick-out” among Southwest employees. “There’s a lot of unfounded rumor and speculation circulating.”

Regardless of the recent cancellations, employees argue the coronavirus vaccine should not be a requirement for employment.

“This country stands for freedom, and it should mean that everywhere,” Southwest Airlines pilot Chris Hill told KDFW-TV.

“You should not have to put anything in your body to keep your employment.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was in attendance at Monday’s protest. He said legal action against the mandate is inevitable, KDFW reported.

“We’re already planning our lawsuits,” he said. “I’m already organizing with other states. I promise you this: We will fight for you. We will do everything under our constitution.”

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed an executive order to prohibit any entity in Texas from enforcing a vaccine mandate.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Southwest Airlines has ended its plan to place unvaccinated employees who have applied for a religious or medical exemption to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on unpaid leave after its Dec. 8 deadline. Southwest’s senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg, and Julie Weber, vice president and chief people officer, wrote to staff on Friday regarding the issue, according to CNBC. The new change will allow Southwest Airlines employees until Nov. 24 to be fully vaccinated or apply for a medical or religious exemption. If an employee’s exemption is not approved by Dec. 8, an employee can continue to work while following mask and distancing guidelines until the request has been reviewed. “This is a change from what was previously communicated. Initially, we communicated that these Employees would be put on unpaid leave and that is no longer the case,” the letter reportedly stated. Southwest Airlines is a federal contractor subject to the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate by Dec. 8, unless exempted. Hundreds of current and former Southwest employees gathered outside the company’s Dallas headquarters on Monday to protest the vaccine mandate. The workers held signs reading “Terminate the mandate,” “Freedom not force” and “No jabs for jobs,” KTVT-TV reported. The group’s stated goal was to fight for medical freedom. “All who believe in medical freedom are welcome to gather outside Southwest Airlines Headquarters,” a Facebook flyer for the event said. “More than anything, we want to get back to the heart of Southwest hospitality, where all employees feel welcomed, cared for, and appreciated.” According to CNBC, Southwest canceled over 1,800 flights during the weekend of Oct. 9-10. At the time, a spokeswoman for the airline denied allegations the cancellations were related to a protest of the vaccine mandate. “It’s inaccurate,” she said about reports of a “sick-out” among…

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