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By Ed Sibby

In an unprecedented show of solidarity and unity in Southwest Riverside County, Anthony Noriega, District 5 Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) de Inland Empire and Myles Ross, President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Southwest Riverside Branch 1034 have joined forces to back the recall efforts against the three far-right members of the Temecula Unified School District (TVUSD), Joseph Komrosky, Jen Wiersma, and Danny Gonzalez.  

Both organizations recognize the urgency of this moment and the critical importance of safeguarding the values of inclusivity, diversity, and quality education in the community. 

 “Our schools have no room for far-right ideologies that promote racism, discrimination, intolerance, or misinformation. We stand united to protect the principles of inclusivity, diversity, and quality education for all our children. We will not allow these divisive forces to undermine the future of TVUSD and its students.” 

Anthony Noriega, LULAC District 5 Director

Riverside NAACP President Myles Ross explained; “The far-right school board members in Temecula have lost sight of their duty to our children. We must recall them to ensure our schools remain sanctuaries of critical thinking, empathy, and truth, not breeding grounds for chaos and division.”  

Scores of community members attended the event, waving Pride flags as additional speakers shared why they were in support of the recall. Temecula Chaparral High School Black Student Union President Brooklyn Anderson reflected on the impact of the school board’s actions on students at her school; “The ban on Critical Race Theory significantly altered the way our community acted toward issues of racism, and I am very concerned it will have a lasting impact on generations of students to come.”

Sixteen-year-old Temecula high schooler Moxie, who uses they/them pronouns, spoke to other young students about how they can help the recall effort; “We stay engaged and stay informed because every voice matters. This is a shared effort to improve our schools and we are all in this together.” 

Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA) President Edgar Diaz welcomed the community support; “We are pleased and thankful our friends and powerful community advocates have joined our effort for a return to student-centered service in TVUSD. Our students deserve the best and we intend to deliver for them.”   

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