Image is a photo of Besty DeVos at her Senate Confirmation hearing yesterday.
Just two days ago, in celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, I shared one of his many oft-recited quotes here.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Today, I picked up the phone and called Washington.
I called my state’s senators. And then I kept dialing.
I called every single senator on the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee. I pleaded with them to block the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. My plea was less articulate than I’d hoped. It was emotional. It was urgent. I found myself shaking. In the middle of one call, I had to wipe away tears before I could continue.
Because I’d seen this:
And this ..
Because I know what’s possible when we protect, include, and value ALL children and I’ve seen what happens when we don’t.
So I picked up the phone and I dialed. This was basically what I said, twenty-four times.
I’m calling to implore the senator to everything in his / her power to block the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.
Having watched the hearing I was appalled by her lack of knowledge of the most basic laws, especially IDEA, which she so cavalierly and patently incorrectly stated was an issue for the states to discuss. While I’m all for local control there are times in which federal protection is simply vital.
I have an autistic daughter who would be nowhere without IDEA and its insistence upon her access to a free and appropriate education with her peers, where she belongs and where she has thrived.
I strongly believe in reforming and improving our nations public schools rather than dismantling the entire system as Ms Devos has advocated.
Given her utter lack of experience, her inability or refusal to answer direct, basic questions about her own ideology and any plans she may have to implement it, her painful ignorance of and refusal to commit to enforcing the laws already in place, and her total disregard for the dire consequences of her radical proposals, it is imperative that the senator help to block her confirmation.
Because too many lives hang in the balance.
Below is the list of all Senators on the Senate HELP Committee, who heard testimony from Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. If you don’t like what you see when you watch, call them. Feel free to use my words or come up with your own. But please, I”m begging … don’t be silent.
Alexander, Lamar (TN),Chairman
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Enzi, Michael B. (WY)
Phone: (202) 224-3424
Burr, Richard (NC)
Isakson, Johnny (GA)
(202) 224 – 3643
Paul, Rand (KY)
Collins, Susan M. (ME)
(202) 224 – 2523
Cassidy, Bill (LA)
Young, Todd (IN)
(202) 224 – 5623
Hatch, Orrin G. (UT)
Roberts, Pat (KS)
Murkowski, Lisa (AK)
Scott, Tim (SC)
Murray, Patty (WA), Ranking Member
Sanders, Bernard (VT)
Casey, Robert P. (PA)
Franken, Al (MN)
Bennet, Michael F. (CO)
Whitehouse, Sheldon (RI)
Baldwin, Tammy (WI)
Murphy, Christopher (CT)
Warren, Elizabeth (MA)
Kaine, Tim (VA)
Hassan, Margaret Wood (NH)