KUSD school board candidate Lamar Madison has been endorsed both by Moms for Liberty and the 1776 Project Pac.
Why should you care?
Both organizations are heavily funded by wealthy conservatives who are politically motivated and who rely on chaos, divisiveness and bullying to try to achieve a political agenda nation-wide.
Is that what's best for our children, our schools and our community?
Moms for Liberty are endorsing and supporting Lamar Madison
Madison is endorsed by the right-wing group Moms for Liberty. Moms for Liberty is a national organization, closely affiliated with the Republican Party, and funded by conservatives looking to undermine public schools in order to privatize education for profit. Members of Moms for Liberty have disrupted and shut down school board meetings across the state and country with their divisive behavior. You can read more about them here. Kenosha has a local chapter of Moms for Liberty.
You can see a video of the KUSD School Board meeting on February 20th here. Members of Moms for Liberty first began shutting down KUSD school board meetings during COVID. Nationwide, Moms for liberty is behind efforts to ban books, restrict the teaching of American history, and restrict the rights of LGBTQ children and families.
In an interview with CBS 58 following the February 20th forced shut-down of the KUSD school board meeting, Madison said the reason he was running was in support of those disruptive parents. "This display tonight is a reason why I'm running. People should be able to come here, say what they have to say and the board sit there and listen." It should be noted the meeting was ended because the people Madison supports refused to comply with school district security and that school board members were escorted to their vehicles after the meeting for their own safety. The February 28th KUSD school board meeting was also held virtually due to continuing security concerns. Their behavior made it impossible for other students, parents and community members to participate in this meeting and have their voices heard.
In 2021, members of the Kenosha Moms for Liberty chapter attempted to remove $1.2 million from the KUSD budget that funds our schools, at a time when the school district was already struggling to meet the needs of children during COVID. They also attempted to financially punish the school board for meeting virtually during COVID, and attempted to recall school board president Yolanda Santos Adams. The community rose up and rejected all three of those efforts by the Kenosha Moms for Liberty. You can read more about that here.
Lamar Madison features a photo of members of Moms for Liberty shutting down the KUSD School Board meeting in August 2021 on his website, right center:
Below are some photos from the February 20th KUSD School Board meeting at Indian Trail Academy. The meeting was cancelled due to security concerns. You can see video of the disruption here.
Lamar Madison is backed by Moms for Liberty and the Republican Party of Kenosha County. The leaders of both of those organizations were present at the February 20th meeting (photo below). The meeting was forced to be shut down due to the disruptive behaviors of people who are supporting Lamar Madison.
The right-wing 1776 Project PAC is also endorsing and supporting Lamar Madison:
Lamar Madison has also been endorsed by the 1776 PAC. This right-wing political PAC is a deeply funded conservative Super PAC emphasizing opposition to lessons related to racial and social justice. The PAC was formed following the report of an advisory committee established in September 2020 by then-U.S. President Donald Trump to support what he called "patriotic education". The commission, which included no historians specializing in United States history, released The 1776 Report on January 18, 2021, two days before the end of Trump's term. Historians overwhelmingly criticized the report, saying it was "filled with errors and partisan politics". The commission was terminated by the successive President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, his first day in office. You can find the 1776 PACs endorsement of Madison here.
Fortunately, there's a better choice on April 4th
Yolanda Adams is a lifelong Kenosha resident. She graduated from KUSD schools, and received degrees in Accounting from Gateway Technical College and Carthage College.
She has deep roots in the community and has served in numerous voluntary leadership positions, including as CEO of the Urban League.
She served on the KUSD school board in the early 2000s. Three years ago she ran again for KUSD school board and won. She currently serves as the board president.
Under her steady leadership, KUSD has continued to have a balanced budget and has weathered many challenges, including COVID and the attacks by members of Moms for Liberty.
Chaos, bullying, shutting down school board meetings, threats and culture wars are not good for our children, for our schools or our community.
For common sense leadership that will put what's best for our children and our community first, support Yolanda Santos Adams for KUSD school board.