Mama Bears Vs. the Feds

by Asra Q. Nomani

Last Thursday night, October 7, local grandma Orene Blum stood graceful and dignified, draped in red, white and blue here at Luther Jackson Middle School, moments before a meeting of the Fairfax County School Board, holding a hand-painted sign: “FBI vs. Moms??”

Hours later, as the crowd of 100 people spoke their truth to power, the verdict was in: Moms win.

Not far away, Harry Jackson, the first Black student to the U.S. Naval Academy from Lancaster County, Pa., stood tall and strong here at the entrance to the school, not far from Suparna Dutta, an immigrant from India, and Stacy Langton, a mother who exposed porn and pedophilia in the local school libraries.

Harry, an expert in counterterrorism, cybersecurity and intelligence, wore a shirt that said it all: “PARENTS ARE NOT DOMESTIC TERRORISTS.”

Bullhorn in hand, former school board member Elizabeth Schultz walked the phalanx of about 100 parents, grandparents and community members and led them in a chant: “We the parents! We the parents!”

Just three days earlier, on Monday, October 4, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had just declared a war on not only parents but grandparents who are attending school board meetings across the country to advocate for America’s children, dispatching a letter summoning the FBI against parents. But we are defiant.

The next day, October 5, at Parents Defending Education, we exposed Garland’s conflict of interest with his son-in-law’s company, Panorama Education, profiting off the backs of America’s children, data mining their innocent minds about sexuality, brain health and other invasive areas that invade the privacy of children. A local mother had sent us the tip. The month before, we had disclosed that Fairfax County Public Schools had signed a $1.8 million deal with Panorama Education. The mother also discovered that the contract quietly increased to $2.4 million. One mother.

Another mother learned that Fairfax County Public Schools sent Panorama Education data on children before parents even could opt out of the survey.

It’s now a national issue, with calls for hearings and investigations.

And parents pointed out the conflict of interest in their signs.

One read: “The Constitution Trumps Merrick Garland.”

Another sign detailed the contract Fairfax County Public Schools signed with Panorama Education. “FCPS paid $1.8 million to Panorama for a ‘Social Contract’ US Att. Gen. Garland’s son in law owns.” It added: “Follow the $$.” Also: “Conflict of Interest?”

These are snapshots from the “Parents Pep Rally” held before the school board meeting that should send one clear message to Merrick Garland and the National School Board Association: nobody is going to get in between mama bears, papa bears — and grandparent bears — and the cubs in their care.

Please post your images of your defiance and use the hashtag #WeTheParents or send them to me via direct message or email at, and I will post them here and then to our #WeTheParents album.

These are portraits of modern-day courage.

In the meeting, a grandfather sat behind a “CAUTION” tape, his walker propped up in front of him, undeterred.

Dad Harry Jackson didn’t get his turn to speak, as speakers justified or outright denied the porn and pedophilia in books, so he delivered his speech to #WeTheParents. With the evidence. We are mama bears, papa bears and grandparent bears. Hear us roar.

Asra Q. Nomani, Fairfax County journalist, is vice president for strategy & Investigations of Parents Defending Education. This column has been republished with permission from Asra Investigates on Substack.

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13 responses to “Mama Bears Vs. the Feds”

  1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll


    Press Report referenced in the NSBA letter to the White House (

    “As the shouting continues, one man, grasping a U.S. flag on a flagpole walks quickly to the dais to confront board members, followed by Marysville police officers who step between the man and board members. “Yeah, run away,” taunts a protester, as board members file out of the room. “Go lick Inslee’s boot,” says one. As board members left the room, an object is thrown in their direction.

    The confrontations continued outside as a group of protesters surrounded a district official’s car, preventing the driver from leaving.”

    Sure sounds like they are terrorizing to me…

    And from the letter itself:

    “In Ohio, an individual mailed a letter to a school board member labeling the return address on the
    envelope from a local neighborhood association and then enclosing threatening hate mail from
    another entity. This correspondence states that, “We are coming after you and all the members on
    the … BoE [Board of Education].””

    Oh, yes, that sort of letter and these actions should indeed be investigated and, if appropriate, prosecuted.

    “These are portraits of modern-day courage.”

    No, they are portraits of modern-day rightwing cowardice. Nothing more.

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      Fascinating that anonymous commentators on this blog accuse others of cowardice.

      “We are coming after you and all the members on
      the … BoE [Board of Education].”

      Coming after the BoE members …

      At the ballot box?
      In peaceful protest?
      At their homes (as was often done to elected officials during the Trump Administration)?

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        “At the ballot box?
        In peaceful protest?”

        Or literally…? Hence the need to investigate… and prosecute, if appropriate. Clearly called for…

        1. How many businesses and police stations have been burned? looted? People killed? Has $2B in damage been done? I guess the bar for FBI action is verbiage not actual activities.

    2. it’s all ‘part of the process’ as Bug out Biden said.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    I dunno about that bet. Gymnasts didn’t do so well against them.

  3. tmtfairfax Avatar

    Merrick Garland is not fit to be the Attorney General. His actions in this area extend well beyond preventing and addressing illegal actions (specific threats with criminal intent) and attempt to slap down the First Amendment rights of individuals.

    1. Kathleen Smith Avatar
      Kathleen Smith

      Amen to that! We have a limited, but growing number of leaders approved by Congress with questionable fitness to serve. The last administration was far worse, only recognized by constant firings. Hmm. The only leaders that can’t get fired are Supreme Court Justices. Makes you think.

    2. DJRippert Avatar

      Merrick Garland is not fit to be a dog catcher.

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    Parents are Mom and Pop bears and can’t possibly be guilty of assault and battery… right?

    Yepper… people who attack others are seldom parents.


  5. Bob X from Texas Avatar
    Bob X from Texas

    When parents are considered evil for protecting their children, government needs to rethink its policies .
    Vote them all out.

  6. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    The American flags gave them away.

  7. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    The Fairfax School Board would rather double down than give in. 2023 is a long wait.

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