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While the incestuous relationship between teachers’ unions and the Democrat Party has long been known, the latest evidence suggests the unions are now working with the party to not only provide students and parents with unlicensed medical advice but to also track their personal healthcare information.
Fox News reported Friday that the National Education Association teachers’ union “has been instructing teachers to upload their conversations with pupils and parents into” a phone app called Reach.
According to the app’s website, it was built specifically for New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign “as a tool for ourselves after we realized traditional door-to-door canvassing methods were limiting who we were talking to and when we were able to effectively collect data in the field.”
Both of its co-founders, Jake DeGroot and Leo Sussan, are former high-level members of Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 campaign.
While the company has gone on to assist other Democrats, its deep ties to Ocasio-Cortez are difficult to ignore.
Fox News confirmed that the “instruction” provided to teachers was compiled by the NEA, in addition to the American Federation of Teachers and Made to Save, a clearly left-wing nonprofit that seeks “to ensure everyone has equitable access to the vaccines and information they can trust.”
“According to the training reviewed by Fox News, teachers were encouraged to use Reach to ‘follow up and track’ the conversations they had with parents and teachers, offering ‘gift cards’ for the most active users,” Fox News noted.
“Look up the people you’ve talked to and mark down how your conversations went! 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 training material reportedly reads.
“As someone the person already knows and trusts, you can find out what is concerning them about the vaccine, relate on a personal level, and share information to help them on their journey to get vaccinated,” the training material continues.
The material further reportedly advises teachers that they don’t need to have any medical experience to talk to students and parents about vaccines.
“You do NOT need to be a healthcare expert to have good conversations. To wrap up, help the person make a plan to get vaccinated, or plan to check in later about their concerns,” the training reads.
Nowhere does there appear to be a mention of, you know, encouraging students and parents to speak with their licensed doctors.
In fact, according to leftists, encouraging people to talk to their doctors is a bad thing now because their doctors may say something that belies left-wing orthodoxy.
As an example, here’s the discredited Lincoln Project mocking COVID patients who took Ivermecetin after having it recommended to them by their doctor:
Join the herd. Talk to your doctor today if you think Ivermectin is right for you. pic.twitter.com/ffZ73O1NBP
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 7, 2021
A copy of the training material was provided to Fox News by a group of upset teachers in New Jersey.
“This was a blatant effort to coerce, manipulate, and even track information on students and their parents. Anyone involved in this type of deception has lost their morals and purpose of education along the way,” one of the teachers, Jennifer Mess, said to the outlet.
New Jersey state Sen. Holly Schepisi agrees. In an emailed statement to Fox News, she said that though she “strongly” supports vaccination, this coercion isn’t acceptable. She also made note of Reach’s indisputable ties to Ocasio-Cortez.
“[T]o put our teachers in the untenable position of using their ‘trust and influence’ over children and their parents to persuade them to make personal medical decisions, and then encourage teachers through gift cards to input the names, addresses and vaccination status of these children and parents into a searchable political progressive database created for and by Congresswoman AOC’s campaign team, is an unconscionable breach of privacy and ethics, it is political canvassing using children’s data and it borders on criminal,” she reportedly wrote.
Indeed, there’s a concern that the data on students may very well wind up in the hands of the Democrat Party, given as Reach was built by and is essentially run by close allies of the party.
It certainly fits Ocasio-Cortez’s modus operandi. She has a history of alleged ethics violations. Moreover, her former chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, admitted in 2019 that, despite publicly proclaiming to simply want to make America more environmentally friendly, the congresswoman’s true goal was to use the so-called Green New Deal as a “Trojan Horse” for a radical redesign of American society and government.
AOC’s loose-lipped chief admits what Green New Deal’s all about: You think it’s a ‘climate thing?’ https://t.co/g3aW4kP8iA via @BIZPACReview
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 12, 2019
This isn’t to say that Ocasio-Cortez is aware of how the Reach app designed by her former campaign workers is being used to track the information of students and parents. But it is to certainly suggest that it’s a possibility.
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