URGENT: Stand up for FAIR Education and Ethnic Studies!

On May 12, a local special interest group sponsored a “Tustin Town Hall on Critical Race Theory” at the Orange County Classical Academy in Orange. Sent to a private Facebook group, the organizer wrote in bold: Parents of TUSD…SHOW UP! The school board is planning to implement this curriculum in the fall. We can change this!

Special interest groups like this one have targeted California school boards with frightening and alarming disinformation about “Critical Race Theory” in an effort to pressure them to ignore the changes required by the California FAIR Education Act.

On Monday, May 17, the group listed above, led by a group of conservative local parents, will be visiting our Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) Board Meeting. You can read about groups like these in the LA Times / KTLA5 articles about the recent school board meetings in Los Alamitos. The meeting had to be moved online because of threats of violence.

How can I help?

  • Attend Monday’s school board meeting in person if possible to to speak up in favor of adopting inclusive curriculum (speakers will be allowed in one at a time).
  • Send an email prior to Monday’s meeting so your wishes can be included in public comments.
  • Attend Monday’s school board meeting via Zoom.

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Why does this matter? 

The Tustin Democratic Club applauds our school board members (past and current) for championing a curriculum that fosters inclusiveness and helps all of our students understand California’s racially, ethnically and culturally diverse history. We appreciate that our school board cares about all of our students and wants every one of them to feel safe and welcome at school each day.

Other important reasons to support the adoption of the FAIR Education Act curriculum:

  • The TUSD student population is becoming increasingly diverse and our curriculum should reflect every student’s lived experiences.
  • TUSD schools include a large area of West Irvine. If parents decide that TUSD is not keeping up with current education trends, then they may decide to attend schools in Irvine, resulting a significant loss of funding for TUSD schools and students.
  • The FAIR Act was voted into law ten years ago and it is time for TUSD to be in compliance with the law.

Hate, intolerance and disinformation have no place in Tustin. Your participation in this Urgent Action will encourage the TUSD School Board to approve this important update to its curriculum.

What is the FAIR Education Act?

  • In 2011, the California State Legislature signed the The FAIR Education Act into law – it took effect on January 1, 2012. The FAIR Education Act (California Senate Bill 48) stands for Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful. This Act “requires schools to integrate factual information about social movements, current events and history of people of color, people with disabilities and LBGT people into existing social studies lessons. It also prevents schools from adopting instructional materials that discriminate.”
  • The Fair Education Act revised the language found in the existing Education Code (sections 60040(a) and 6044(a)  from “black Americans, American Indians, Mexican, Asians, and Pacific Islands people” to “Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and European Americans”.
  • Another existing law prohibited schools from sponsoring activities or teaching curricula that negatively or adversely affects students based on a list of characteristics including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and disability; FAIR amended this law to also include sexual orientation and religion.
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TODAY: EqualityCA Fundraiser for Dave Min & Scott Rhinehart

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EqualityCA Fundraiser for Dave Min & Scott Rhinehart

Join us on October 29th at 6:00 PM for a joint fundraiser sponsored by Equality CA for Dave Min for State Senate and Scott Rhinehart for Assembly featuring special guests George Takei and Congressman Mark Takano.

Oct 29, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

https://davemin.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdOigqz0jEtIR8Dxx7r2_iWH1wlAm6E54

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VOTING IN TUSTIN: When Where How

Voting has already begun-have you voted yet?

If you haven’t voted yet, CLICK HERE for a complete guide to voting in Tustin.  Where to vote, When to vote, How to vote – it’s all covered HERE!

 

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Postcard Prep For Last Weekend of October Lit Drop!

We will be dropping the remaining postcards on Dem voters door steps the weekend before the election. Can you volunteer to write a SHORT/1 Line message to these important voters?
Suggested lines would be:
“Thank you for being a voter!”
“Your vote matters to Tustin!”
“Thank you for voting!”
This needs to be a fast turn around – we need to get them done by October 22.
Sign up here – you’ll pick them up and return them to the same address – no mailing necessary!
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TUSTIN WEEKEND OF ACTION!

SIGN UP HERE: 10/3 Drop & Dash

SIGN UP HERE: 10/4 Drop & Dash

SIGN UP HERE: Tustin Block Party

SIGN UP HERE: Tustin Text Bank

 

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Well that was gross…

If you watched the presidential debate last night – let’s just say wow :-/

This morning, people around the country and around the world had these words to say about the 90 minute spectacle:

Dumpster Fire
Sh*tshow
Disgusting
Repellant
Awful
and really too many more to list.

It is job #1 to VOTE TRUMP OUT. Get involved, make a plan, volunteer for candidates up and down the ballot. We have no other option.

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Join the Katie Porter Campaign!

 

Join the Katie Porter Team!  Make a difference this November!

 

Join the Katie Porter Virtual Campaign Office Here!

Sign up to be a volunteer leader during GOTV!

Sign up for our “30 Days Out” Weekend of Action on Oct 3 and Oct 4! 

Sign up to join our Get Out the Vote efforts anytime in October!

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Leadership Tustin Can Trust In Rally

We’ve written and sent literally 1000s of postcards for these great candidates – let’s come out and show our support on September 27th!

The candidates will be live in person but ALSO streaming on Facebook Live!

Sign up here to get updates and information!

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RBG and the future of the Court

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an American icon. Fierce defender of women and human rights. She died tonight at 87.

This leaves a vacancy on the Supreme Court just weeks before the US election. Now the question is, will Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump break with US tradition and rush a confirmation of another Justice before November 3? McConnell blocked President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland who was named months before the election, on the grounds that a new president should shape the Court. What should we expect? How many Senators would it take to stop a rushed confirmation?

@jeffberman lays out some scenarios here. Berman is an advocate and activist and entrepreneur but for years served as Counsel to US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer so he knows the ins and outs of the Senate. He sits on the board of @protectdemocracy and offers advice on the best way to ensure your vote counts this year.  CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW

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Barack Obama in Conversation with Future Vice President Kamala Harris

 

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