UPDATE: Welcome Carolina Plott Hound readers!
In the NC Senate race, Kay Hagan has decided to use a ‘war on schools’ theme for her attacks on Thom Tillis. The NEA advocacy fund has an ad out which leads with a Chapel Hill teacher named Vivian Connell.
The ad portrays her as just some average teacher from North Carolina. She’s not.
She’s a far Left Moral Monday activist.
MoralMonday, Raleigh. They’ve pissed off women now. And educators. And progressive & moderate clergy. And… pic.twitter.com/QVYId358f2
— Vivian Connell (@vivconn) July 15, 2013
See more Moral Monday tweets from @vivconn. About the only thing in her very liberal timeline I managed to agree with was about Bill Gates and high stakes testing and that ALS research needs more money.
Connell’s also tied to the far Left ‘cripple, eviscerate, pressure and slam’ outfit, BluePrint NC.
Connell is affiliated with Public Schools First NC (PSFNC). Think of PSFNC as the Education ‘cripple, eviscerate‘ arm of BluePrint NC. More about PSFNC later. Here’s the excerpt on Connell from Civitas:
I’m glad Connell wants to start with the facts because the ad is missing a few you might be interested in.
Vivian Connell is a long-time public school teacher – who is also an activist with a strong record of statements and involvement. She participated in last fall’s teacher walk-ins. She has also spoken out strongly against charter schools and vouchers and believes both to be a cancer upon the public school system. Connell was recently profiled by both Indy and the News & Observer, in which she vented her frustration at GOP leaders and “the war against public education.“
You might also be interested to know that Vivian Connell is a member of the advisory board of Public Schools First NC, which describes itself as nonpartisan and focusing solely on public education issues in North Carolina. But it’s an affiliate of Blueprint NC, the left-wing umbrella organization behind a memo calling for the Left to attack Republicans, and to “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern” while “crippling their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.).”
The article continues, rightfully hitting the NEA on funding it:
I have no problem with Vivian Connell expressing her views. She has every right to do so. She has every right to donate her money to the political party of her choosing (Democratic), and she has. However, I do have a problem with the ad’s implied portrayal of Connell as an average local public school teacher in North Carolina. She is not.
I also have a problem with how the ad was financed. NEA is financed largely through the dues and the contributions of NEA members. In North Carolina those members would be members of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).
Read the whole thing.
This is the same NEA who just this week came out in support of a Constitutional Amendment to silence free speech — of everyone else but them.
The amt of hypocrisy here hurts the head => NEA Wants To Amend Constitution To Keep Others From Politics http://t.co/crQjpZQ7Rj
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) September 12, 2014
About Public Schools First NC
Yevonne Brannon is also listed on PSFNC’s creation documentation.
WakeUp Wake County is also affiliated with ‘Great Schools In Wake Coalition. Check out their awards given out to Brannon and awards given out by BluePrintNC and NC Justice Center.
2012 PSFNC IRS 990 form.
Scroll down mid-way in this article I did on the “Walk-Ins” being staged around Wake County. PSFNC was not just a participant and supporter. PSFNC organized many of these walk-ins in conjunction with NC Justice Center. NC Justice Center is the parent of BluePrintNC.
Read more: A Primer on the Left in NC