Moms for Liberty among conservative groups named ‘extremist’ by civil rights watchdog

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has labeled Moms for Liberty and other “parental rights” groups as extremist entities.

The SPLC report: The civil rights organization’s annual Year in Hate & Extremism report highlights Moms for Liberty and similar groups as pushing an anti-student inclusion agenda.
* SPLC compares these modern organizations to pro-segregationist parent groups from the past.
* Rachel Carroll Rivas, deputy director for research at the SPLC, notes concerns about the sudden appearance and tactics of Moms for Liberty activists in schools.

Moms for Liberty origins: Founded in early 2021 by conservative women in Florida, the group has quickly expanded nationwide.
* The organization successfully campaigned against COVID safety measures in schools, book bans, and limiting discussion about race and LGBTQ identities.
* Co-founders Tina Descovich and Tiffany Justice have defended their organization, stating that they are ~~”devoted to empowering parents to be a part of their child’s public school education.”~~

Growing political clout: Moms for Liberty’s annual conference in Philadelphia will feature three leading Republican presidential candidates as speakers.
* These include former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

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