Target: Doug Ducey, Arizona Governor
Goal: Do not allow the bill prohibiting social justice classes from being taught in Arizona to pass.
Classes and events that promote “social justice toward a race, gender, religion…or other class of people” could soon be banned in the state of Arizona should a proposed new law pass. With the election of Donald Trump and other Republicans in Arizona and nationwide, the likelihood of state bills such as this one actually passing has become uncomfortably high.
Bills like this pose a serious threat to U.S. students’ academic freedom. In the midst of one of the most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history, it is absolutely vital that discourse about racial inequality and other social justice issues is allowed to thrive. Stifling academic freedom will only create more distrust and tension at a time when we all so desperately need to find common ground. Tell the Senate that social justice classes must remain in the U.S. education system by signing below.
Dear Governor Ducey,
I am sure that you’re no stranger to retaliations against President-elect Donald Trump and his divisive platform. The United States’ most vulnerable groups — people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, and other marginalized groups — have used protests to voice concerns for their safety and the preservation of their most basic civil rights.
The bill recently proposed by Arizona representative Bob Thorpe to prohibit social justice courses from being taught in Arizona’s schools sends the message that these valid concerns do not matter. During such a divisive period in this nation’s history, it is vital that everyone have the freedom to openly speak and learn about social justice issues.
Do not deny Arizona’s students their academic freedom. Do not vote in favor of this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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