This Bucks County Right-Wing Activist Training is Horrifying, Pennridge School District Taken to Court, Pennridge Slouching Toward Gilead, Pandemic Profiteering in PA, And More!
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Andy Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick’s 2020 Republican primary challenger who runs the voter education and advocacy group Right for Bucks and who organized busses to the January 6 Insurrection is a self declared QAnon supporter.
Meehan is now publicizing a grassroots “activist training” that he organized.
It was bad enough that the event was organized by a QAnoner. The FBI warned lawmakers in June that online QAnon conspiracy theorists “may carry out more acts of violence as they move from serving as ‘digital soldiers’ to taking action in the real world following the January 6 US Capitol attack.” But just take a look at who is leading this “master class.”
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“Resident says Pennridge School Board violated Sunshine Act in response to state mask mandate.” Perkasie resident John Seager filed a private criminal complaint alleging Pennridge School Board violated PA’s Sunshine Act when it sent an email to district families, also posted on the district's Facebook page, about the board’s opposition to the state requiring face masks in schools. Thanks John! Read the full article by the News Herald HERE.
The work Pennridge School Board Watch on Facebook has been invaluable. It also gives me nightmares. Ricki Chaikin, another QAnoner running for school board, was so triggered by public #LGBTQ student support in Pennridge School District that she wants hanging crosses to designate a “safe space for Christians," while also creating safe spaces for "white people" and "men." She didn’t mention one for girls or young women though - not sure why.
Folks need to support Pennridge’s Democratic candidates for School Board with their dollars and door-knocking. Otherwise the district is going to look more like Gilead than Bucks County in 2021.
Here are a few other disturbing developments from the far-right in Pennridge:
Pandemic Profiteering Report, from the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, a paper I read each morning. “Pa.’s billionaires more than doubled their wealth during pandemic: The Keystone State’s 17 billionaires have seen their wealth rise by $33B, or 116%, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a new report has found.” Read @ByJohnLMicek’s article HERE!
Finally, a second act of Jan. 6 may be in the works. Right-wing extremists that include The Proud Boys and The Oathkeepers are believed to be “planning to attend a September 18 rally in DC to demand “justice” for people arrested for participating in the US Capitol riot.” Jared Holt, from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab breaks down the situation HERE. Holt, also brought a national audience to the disturbing Three Percent militia situation in Bucks County with his article: Pennsylvania Three Percenter group lays the groundwork to go national
I am still waiting for local Republicans, including ReOpen Bucks, Central Bucks School District School Board candidates Jim Pepper, Lisa Sciscio, and Debra Cannon (who the militia endorsed), as well as the Bucks County GOP to repudiate this group. Silence = Support.
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