Melvoin Watch

Propagating Right-Wing Talking Points

When Nick Melvoin accepted a questioner’s premise that parents were labeled “domestic terrorists,” was it a lack of courage or blatant pandering?

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
5 min readNov 15, 2021

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We know who you are. We know who you are. You can leave freely, but we will find you and we know who you are. We know who you are.

- School board protester

In the Culture Wars being propagated by the Republican Party, it is often not what is actually said that sets up the battle lines but what the talking heads can convince their audience was said. The latest example is provided by angry parents convinced that US Attorney General Merrick Garland has labeled them as “domestic terrorists” for speaking out against vaccine mandates and the imagined threat of Critical Race Theory (CRT). The fact that those words never appear in the memorandum released by the Attorney General has not stopped Republican politicians from using them to fan the flames of division.

As a politician who ran with the support of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats and the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, LAUSD Board Vice President Nick Melvoin should be expected to fight against this type of propaganda. Unfortunately, in a meeting with the right-wing group, California Students United (CSU), Melvoin declined the opportunity to correct the record. Instead, he encouraged the continuation of a false narrative that contributed to the Democrats’ loss of the governorship in Virginia.

CSU is a group of parents who sued the LAUSD in an attempt to force the district to open school campuses while COVID-19 was devastating BIPOC communities, a viewpoint that was also pushed by Melvoin through his astroturf group, Speak Up. Like Melvoin, CSU also opposed the work by UTLA to safeguard children during the pandemic. Instead of backing the measures needed to keep our school campuses safely open, CSU is critical of the vaccine mandates instituted…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com