Case Study: Politics And Pandemics
Fox News and the New York Post are reporting on a ‘vaccination’ “outreach” campaign using government school teachers that surfaced in New Jersey. However, while the existence of this campaign became known thanks to a New Jersey teacher, the fact that the campaign is a joint project of “the vaccine equity nonprofit Made to Save as well as the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Educators Association (NEA)” suggests that this is a nationwide campaign. We’ve all experienced the massive government outreach and pressure to get people to accept the injections, so what’s up with the teachers getting involved?
What’s going on is this. Teachers are being recruited through their local unions to use an “app” to log their conversations about Covid vaccines with students and the parents of students. By logging those conversations the data logged is shared with Made to Save, allowing organizers to follow up later to book vaccination appointments or present pro-vaccine arguments to the hesitant.
Interestingly, the app in question—Reach—was orginally developed for use in AOC’s campaign. The fact that the web site for Reach is https://www.reach.vote/ is a clue that the app is oriented toward progressive politics.
A rep for Made to Save, the non-profit pro-vaccination campaign, told Fox News that data “collected during our use of the REACH app will only be used for outreach efforts to follow up on conversations with individuals about the COVID-19 vaccines.”
Does that sound like a guarantee that the data will never be shared with political campaigns at some point in time? If it were such a guarantee, don’t you think that the students and parents would be informed that their conversations with teachers were being logged and shared? But the teacher who blew the whistle to Fox specifically states that the school district hadn’t been informed of this project, so I doubt that teachers were being instructed to inform parents about the data logging and sharing of contact information. That being the case, Do you trust the AFT and NEA—two of the most nakedly partisan organizations in the country—to be politically neutral in anything? And especially when the collection of potentially politically useful personal data is involved?
Teachers log conversations about vaccines with parents and students in the app, allowing organizers to follow up later to book vaccination appointments or present pro-vaccine arguments to the hesitant.
“Look up the people you’ve talked to and mark down how your conversations went!” the training materials, obtained by Fox News, said. “Then add them to your Reach network and add their contact info so that you or Made To Save can follow up with them later and help them get vaccinated.”
The American Federation of Teachers and a pro-vaccine non-profit campaign, Made to Save, created the training along with the NEA, according to Fox News.
“This was a blatant effort to coerce, manipulate, and even track information on students and their parents,” Jennifer Mess, a drama teacher in Middletown, told Fox News. “Anyone involved in this type of deception has lost their morals and purpose of education along the way.”
The for-profit tech company Reach provides ground-game data services to dozens of left-wing campaigns and organizations nationwide.
Of course teachers’ union dues contributed to this, which ultimately means taxpayer money. Beyond that, however, I wonder whether federal grant money of one kind or another is also involved? Nothing would surprise me less.