“They started with the DOJ issuing the threat tag. Then they moved to the FBI, who actually called some of our moms after they spoke at school board meetings with intimidating questions, trying to silence them.” For years, Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich served as elected members of their respective local school boards. “This is a very important local office. The decisions that your school board is making oftentimes affect your life a lot more than the president, perhaps,” says Ms. Justice. But during the pandemic, they witnessed how teachers unions prioritized fear-based policies and activist messaging over the well-being of children. “School districts do two things well: they protect themselves and they celebrate themselves. And they often celebrate themselves to protect themselves. That's how you end up with a 90 percent graduation rate, but only 14 percent or 25 percent of kids reading on eighth-grade level,” says Ms. Justice. They’re the founders of Moms for Liberty, a grassroots organization empowering parents to defend their rights and advocate for their children’s education. In just over two years, they’ve grown to 300 chapters in 47 states. “What they were doing to parents 2020–2021 was so destructive to public education, so destructive to our government system,” says Ms. Descovich. “Elected officials abdicated their authority to bureaucrats. Our motto at Moms for Liberty is, ‘We do not co-parent with the government,’” says Ms. Justice.