The first organizational meeting of Moms for Liberty will meet Feb. 13 in Anchorage.
It’s the second chapter in Alaska for the organization that works to protect parental rights when it comes to children attending public schools, and to keep government in its place.
“Moms for Liberty welcomes all that have a desire to stand up for parental rights at all levels of government,” the group says on its website.
The Anchorage chapter has officially been recognized by the national organization, which is headquartered in Florida.
“Our founders are Tiffany and Tina, moms on a mission to stoke the fires of liberty. As former school board members, they witnessed how short-sighted and destructive policies directly hurt children and families. Now they are using their first-hand knowledge and experience to unite parents who are ready to fight those that stand in the way of liberty,” the organization says.
Some have doubted whether the quickly growing group, which has developed a large following, could sustain its strength after the news media labeled some in the organization as taking part in extra-marital affairs. The New York Times calls Moms for Liberty a “right-wing advocacy group … born in Florida as a response to Covid-19 school closures and mask mandates.” Other news media has been disparaging of the group, eager to point out its human failings.
“So when one of its founders, Bridget Ziegler, recently told the police that she and her husband, who is under criminal investigation for sexual assault, had a consensual sexual encounter with another woman, the perceived disconnect between her public stances and private life fueled intense pressure for her to resign from the Sarasota County School Board,” the New York Times wrote, forecasting that the group would not survive the scandal.
But the group has kept growing and seems uninterested in having the mainstream media set its narrative. Its mission is to hold leaders accountable or replace them with liberty-minded individuals; to spread awareness and an understanding about the limited role of government; to oppose government overreach; and to promote liberty by teaching the principles of liberty at home and in the community. The group is especially eager to have liberty-minded people run for office.
The Feb. 13 meeting is at 6 pm at the Anchorage Cross and Anchor Church, 6505 DeBarr Road.
Gabby Ide is the Anchorage Moms for Liberty chair, and Melissa Wilkins is chair of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley chapter.