A Scottsdale mother was victorious in a lawsuit filed against her by the father of the former Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board president.
Judge Joan Sinclair issued an anti-SLAPP ruling — Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation — in the case Greenburg v. Wray earlier this week.
The plaintiff, Mark Greenburg, and his son, SUSD’s former and ousted board president, Jann-Michael Greenburg, were involved in a secret dossier on perceived political opponents consisting of parents and community members, including Wray.
“[T]his lawsuit was substantially motivated by a desire to deter, retaliate against or prevent [Wray’s] lawful exercise of her constitutional rights,” stated Sinclair.
Greenburg alleged that Wray committed defamation, false light, intrusion upon seclusion, and public disclosure of private facts.
Greenburg alleged that Wray’s claims that he “intimidated,” “challenged,” and “harassed” her were defamatory, as well as claims including how a source told Wray that Greenburg threatened another individual with a weapon, stalked her, created the dossier to harass and intimidate her, and cyber stalked her. Sinclair determined that none of Wray’s speech qualified as defamatory. Sinclair also noted that accepting any of Greenburg’s defamation claims would chill free speech.
“All of these comments are opinion or hyperbole made in the context of a heated political debate,” said Sinclair. “A reasonable listener would interpret the aforementioned comments to be [Wray’s] perception that she is a victim of political attack, not that she is actually stating that [Greenburg] committed criminal offenses.”
Sinclair also ruled against Greenburg’s claim of false light, invasion of privacy, and intrusion upon seclusion, writing that Greenburg qualified as a limited public figure by participating in a public and “heated” political environment on the reopening of public schools.
Finally, as to Greenburg’s claim of the public disclosure of private facts, Sinclair observed that Greenburg’s dossier only contained information about Wray and his other political adversaries and not himself. Sinclair also noted that it was Greenburg’s son, Jann-Michael, that inadvertently disclosed the Google Drive link to Wray and others. Accordingly, Sinclair ruled that Greenburg’s claim wasn’t viable.
At the opening of her ruling, Sinclair quoted from evidence detailing Greenburg’s advice to his son about running for the Maricopa County Community College District Board. Greenburg said that they needed to launch a litigious campaign against Wray to stop her.
“Amanda Wray is just fixated on you and if you think for one minute that when you run for MCCC that she is going to leave you alone, I think you are wrong,” said Greenburg. “It is a mistake not to surgically punish her with litigation.”
Wray filed the anti-SLAPP motion last April after Greenburg sued her for publicizing his dossier to social media and various media outlets. Scottsdale Police dropped their investigation in December after determining it fell outside their jurisdiction since the dossier consisted of open source and public documents; they referred the case to former Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the FBI. No updates have been issued on the case from the agencies since then.
Wray’s lawyer and top GOP official, Harmeet Dhillon, noted that this ruling was the first in Arizona law after an evidentiary hearing.
Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow called for a globalist revolution to counter climate change in a recently published book.
In the book published last week, “Democracy in a Hotter Time: Climate Change and Democratic Transformation,” Crow declared that the principles of the Founding are no longer sufficient.
“Although the philosophical underpinnings of our democratic experiment were pragmatically balanced by the founders, the pivotal formulations of the U.S. Constitution failed to protect nature,” wrote Crow.
Crow’s remarks echoed the sentiments made by the principal author of the book, ASU Professor David Orr, who wrote in his foreword that the time is ripe for a bold experiment in a new kind of democracy worldwide.
“Against all odds, [our Founders] imagined and launched the first modern democracy. Imperfect though it was, the fledgling nation had the capacity for self-repair evolving toward ‘a more perfect union,’” wrote Orr. “Our challenge, similarly, requires us to begin the world anew, conceiving and building a fair, decent, and effective democracy, this time better fitted to a planet with an ecosphere.”
Unlike the Founding Fathers — who founded this country on self-evident truths of equality and God-endowed inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — the globalist revolutionaries in this latest book declared that a new form of governance must serve the environment alongside mankind.
The ASU president also lamented that the current system of representative democracy has allowed for “scientific[ally] or technological[ly] illitera[te]” elected officials who oppose progressive climate initiatives.
“It is, after all, the deficiencies of the democratic process that have allowed the election of unscrupulous politicians who deny climate change or obstruct efforts to combat environmental degradation,” stated Crow. “Scientific or technological illiteracy among policy-makers and elected officials is matched by a growing affluent class that valorizes individualism over civic engagement and is insulated from complex sociotechnical issues.”
Crow also criticized individualism and Enlightenment philosophies as a threat to natural resources, indicating the need for limitations on personal freedoms in a climate change revolution.
“[T]he principles of capitalism as articulated by Adam Smith in ‘The Wealth of Nations’ imposed no limits on economic individualism or the inclination of societies to exploit natural resources capriciously,” said Crow. “Approaches that ameliorate the interrelated conundrums that now plague the Earth’s systems will require systems-level thinking that challenges the reductionist assumptions of the Enlightenment.”
As part of the new democracy, Crow proposed that contemporary research universities such as ASU be the entities responsible for the social, economic, cultural, political, scientific, and technological well-being of local communities. In order to fulfill this responsibility, universities’ institutional design would be reworked to facilitate transdisciplinary research rather than individual attainment.
“Approaches that ameliorate the interrelated conundrums that now plague the Earth’s systems will require systems-level thinking that challenges the reductionist assumptions of the Enlightenment,” said Crow. “[T]he preservation of our democracy amid the emerging global crisis of rapid climate change requires that we recalibrate our academic culture.”
Orr clarified in the introduction of the book that Crow intends to reform higher education so that students are indoctrinated in climate change activism.
“The five-alarm nature of climate chaos requires revising curriculum, research, and innovation throughout higher education and changing requirements for graduation so that every student in every field knows what planet they’re on, how it works, and why such things are important for our public life and for their own lives and careers,” wrote Orr.
This envisioned role of higher education corresponds with the Democracy Initiative of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose express goals within its inaugural Democracy and Climate Change Conference last year inspired the headline of Crow’s chapter and the book.
One conference panel questioned the Constitution as a hindrance to climate change solutions.
The conference’s keynote speaker was Al Gore, former President Bill Clinton’s vice president, failed 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, and longtime environmental activist. Gore said that government response to COVID-19 provided a model for response to climate change.
“[I]t’s up to us to muster the political will to implement those solutions and restore the integrity of our democracy,” said Gore.
Gore’s 2006 award-winning movie warning about the dire consequences of climate change made many predictions that failed to come true, such as higher sea levels, increased temperatures due to rising CO2 levels, more tornadoes, extinction of the polar bears, the complete melt of the Arctic, total drought of the Sahel, and the polluting effects of CO2.
In March, Capital Research Center documented how Gore has consistently failed to issue accurate advice or predictions on climate change over the last 30 years. Yet, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 2007.
Also present at the conference was Obama’s maternal half-sister and Obama Foundation consultant, Maya Soetoro-Ng.
Crow co-authored his chapter with William B. Dabars: a research professor for the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society, senior global futures scholar for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory (GFL), and senior director of research for the New American University.
The GFL engages in Crow’s proposed transdisciplinary research core to the envisioned new democracy. The laboratory serves as a global hub of scientists and scholars working to “establish a new equilibrium between humankind and the dynamic Earth system.” The GFL work covers the depletion of natural resources, degradation of the environment, water scarcity, food security, energy systems, environmental and public health, and governance and policy.
GFL’s transdisciplinary design comes from its coordination with the Global Institute of Sustainability; Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes; Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health; and the Innovation and the College of Global Futures along with its three Schools of Sustainability, Future of Innovation in Society, and Complex Adaptive Systems, respectively.
The New American University is Crow’s novel model of higher education designed to serve the public interest and societal well-being.
The Fifth Wave refers to the idea that American higher education progressed in waves. The Greek academies constituted the First Wave, state colleges constituted the Second Wave, land-grant colleges constituted the Third Wave, research universities constituted the Fourth Wave, and national service universities constituted the Fifth Wave. In addition to itself, ASU classified Penn State University, the University of Maryland system, and Purdue University as Fifth Wave institutions.
Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPAZ) offers doulas to those who obtain abortions or undergo gender transition procedures.
PPAZ offers doula services for free and trains doulas for free. Other trainings can cost well over $1,000. However, doulas must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as traditional vaccines including measles, mumps, and rubella; Hepatitis B; and the two-step tuberculosis skin test.
On its application page, PPAZ noted that barriers such as criminal history “more often negatively impact BIPOC” (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) in the application process, and that they were “working to eliminate those barriers.”
PPAZ offers its doula services in Tucson and Phoenix.
Arizona state law defines doulas as nonmedical professionals providing continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to families before, during, and after childbirth or in the case of loss. Licensing for doulas is voluntary in the state.
The abortion giant appropriated the traditional notion of a doula, someone who provides guidance and support to a mother during and sometimes in the months immediately following childbirth, to include its other services like abortions and gender transitions.
The first abortion doula program, the Doula Project, launched in 2007 in New York City. The activists dubbed their reinvention of the doula concept, the “full-spectrum doula.”
In Arizona, abortions are legal up to 15-weeks gestation, except for minors and in cases where the woman is seeking an abortion due to her unborn child’s race, sex, or genetic abnormality. After 15 weeks, women must travel out of state to obtain an abortion. PPAZ offers a network of Planned Parenthood abortionists through Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest in California for those women seeking an abortion after 15 weeks.
PPAZ offers abortions on a sliding scale of fees based on a patient’s monthly income and number of dependents. They also offer transportation, lodging, gas, and child care services for those obtaining abortions. PPAZ has two centers that provide abortions, in Glendale and Tucson, with the other five offering abortion referrals.
There are five other abortion clinics in the state. In Phoenix there’s Acacia Women’s Center, Camelback Family Planning, Desert Star Family Planning, and Family Planning Associates Medical Group; and in Tucson there’s Choices Women’s Center.
The Arizona Department of Health (AZDHS) has yet to publish its 2022 abortion report. Per the last AZDHS report, there were nearly 14,000 abortions performed in 2021, hundreds more than the 13,300 performed in 2020.
PPAZ’s gender transition services include hormone replacement therapy for patients over the age of 18, both in-person and virtually. The Arizona Community Foundation Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy provides financial assistance to PPAZ patients needing financial assistance. PPAZ’s gender transition services are also sponsored by Phoenix Pride, which also funds the Arizona Community Foundation.
Last September, Phoenix Pride gave PPAZ $10,000 for those services through their Community Foundation.
PPAZ’s recently-departed CEO and President, Brittany Fonteno, became the CEO of the National Abortion Federation last month. The abortion provider is set to announce an interim president and CEO soon.
The Pentagon’s former policy chief on military relations between Russia and Ukraine — Arizona State University (AUS) McCain Institute Executive Director Evelyn Farkas — is leading an event focused on lobbying for more U.S. support in Ukraine.
The event, “Relentless Courage: Ukraine and the World at War,” will also feature Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, and panelists for a discussion, “One Way Forward: The Vitality of a Democratic Ukraine,” to advocate for continued Western support for Ukraine.
ASU’s McCain Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Cronkite School) will co-host the event. Other featured speakers at the event include Cronkite School Dean Battinto Batts; peacebuilding advisor for Romanian Peace Institute, senior protection officer for Center for Civilians in Conflict, and 2022 McCain Global Leader Maria Levchenko; and photographer Svet Jacqueline.
The Biden administration has sent over $76 billion in aid to Ukraine since last year, with the president pushing for another $24 billion in the ongoing budget discussions. Last year, Congress approved $113 billion of aid to Ukraine.
While Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of defense to Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, Farkas advised on Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014 and was largely responsible for initiating the admission of Montenegro into NATO, a move that caused an escalation from Russia. Then and now, Russia views NATO as a threat.
Shortly after setting the wheels in motion for Montenegro’s admission to NATO and amid divisions within the Obama administration over the correct approach to Russia, Farkas resigned. Leading up to her resignation, Farkas issued similar calls for increased U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine War.
“As the crisis deepens, our European allies and partners will look to the United States to demonstrate resolve and to reinforce solidarity across the continent,” said Farkas in a 2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting.
Earlier this week, CNN featured Farkas to advocate for additional U.S. support for Ukraine.
Farkas said that it was America’s moral duty to submit to Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky’s weaponry requests. Farkas characterized reluctance to continue funding to Ukraine as “fickle[ness].”
“If he doesn’t have these things, more civilians will die and more military will die fighting the Russians,” said Farkas. “Politically, certainly, the West can be fickle, and that’s what Vladimir Putin is counting on.”
Farkas upholds the belief that Ukraine’s outcome in this war will determine the “fate of all humanity.”
In February, the McCain Institute hosted the Ukraine Prosecutor General for a meeting with the newly-formed Ukraine Business Alliance (UBA). The UBA coordinates executives from American technology and defense companies, senior U.S. and Ukrainian government and military leaders, and foreign policy experts to strategize public-private partnerships supporting Ukraine. UBA-involved companies include Palantir Technologies, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Even after escaping the turmoil of the Obama administration, Farkas appeared eager to jump back into the fray against Russia. Farkas was one of the first to promulgate the Russiagate conspiracy that former President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, and called for an investigation into the president.
“[T]he Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their, the staff, the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence. So I became very worried, because not enough was coming out into the open, and I knew that there was more,” said Farkas in an MSNBC interview.
Yet, behind closed doors about a month later, Farkas admitted to the House Intelligence Committee that she “didn’t know” whether anyone within the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. She further admitted that her media tour remarks were based on “a strong suspicion” cultivated from other media reports and reporters calling her. Farkas’ testimony, along with others collected by the committee, weren’t released for about three years.
“So I was making a leap that if, indeed, there was collusion, the way we would’ve uncovered it probably would have involved classified means,” said Farkas. “[I know] nothing outside of what’s been reported by the press.”
Farkas also admitted, contrary to her widespread public remarks, that she had no proof that Russians were interfering in elections aside from propaganda, or that Russians were colluding with the Trump campaign. She concurred with the following statement offered by Gowdy:
“I have no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, conspired, or coordinated with the Russians,” read the statement.
The controversial Drag Story Hour Arizona is led by an Arizona State University (ASU) professor David Boyles.
Boyles established Drag Story Hour Arizona in 2019, a chapter of the national Drag Story Hour organization established in 2015, the same year that the Supreme Court struck down state laws banning gay marriage.
For his drag queen story hour work, Boyles has been featured in several “The Art of Drag” events alongside one of his drag queen storytellers, hosted by various local libraries and Arizona Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) United We Stand initiative.
The most recent event occurred on Wednesday. In his presentation, Boyles said that the notion that drag shows are harmful to children was a “myth.” He also said that drag queens have been long considered the leaders of LGBTQ+ communities.
In a predictor of what’s to come, Boyles said that the growing acceptance of LGBTQ+ ideologies would allow for more expansive public displays of drag. Boyles cited “Divine” as an example, a drag queen who starred in films purposefully designed to scare “straight society” — in one of his most infamous films, he ate dog poop (not a prop, real dog poop). Boyles hailed Divine as a paradigm.
“[His work was] intended to freak out the straight society in all meanings of that word, of the straights, both the heterosexuals but the squares,” said Boyles. “As queer identity and queer culture becomes more mainstream, kind of comes out of the shadows again, it opens up space for drag to take a lot of different shapes in a lot of different forms.”
Boyles then promoted the practice of drag in minors, referencing 13-year-old Canadian boy Bracken Hanke, who starred for several years in the Disney series “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables.” Boyles said that Hanke should be seen as an authority on valid perspectives of femininity, claiming Hanke is a girl.
“Who better to make fun of all the ideas of femininity than a teenage girl, you know, who has to deal with all these social pressures,” said Boyles.
At one point, Boyles’ counterpart for the event, Patrick Jervis-Stone as his drag queen persona, Felicia Minor, mentioned that Drag Queen Story Hour Arizona did a virtual story hour for Disney during the pandemic. However, Jervis-Stone stopped short of offering further details after Boyles whispered to Jervis-Stone that they “weren’t supposed to mention that.”
According to social media posts, Jervis-Stone conducted a Halloween-themed Drag Queen Story Hour Arizona virtual storytelling event for Disney+ and Hulu in October 2021.
Boyles also dismissed the idea that educators were attempting to recruit students into homosexuality. Boyles describes himself as the “head of recruitment” for “The Queer Agenda” on his Instagram.
It was with his book, “Life is a Banquet,” that Chandler Unified School District board member and Boyles’ friend, Patti Serrano, took her oath of office, rather than the Bible. Boyles’ book focuses on a 17-year-old boy being “indoctrinated” and “radicalized” into progressive beliefs by ASU students out of the values he’d learned from his conservative, Christian parents.
In book drafts posted online, Boyles writes at length about the sexual experiences and fantasies of the boy and his peers.
In another blog post, Boyles said Serrano’s act reminded him of when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac in the Bible. Boyles said that Christian parents resembled Abraham: their obedience to God by refusing to affirm LGBTQ+ behaviors in their children jeopardizes their children’s lives, not unlike how Abraham’s obedience to God jeopardized Isaac’s life. Boyles also accused Christians of viewing their children as “property” through their faith, and declared that every transgender suicide constitutes murder.
“[I]n this story of the original patriarch, we get an almost too on-the-nose description of the toxic patriarchal ideas that infect so much of modern right-wing religion, and white evangelical Christianity in particular,” said Boyles. “If your god is telling you that honoring him is worth slitting kids’ throats, do what Abraham should have done and tell him to f**k off and find a new god.”
Elsewhere on his blog, Boyles encouraged people to advocate for LGBTQ+-inclusive, pleasure-centered sex education for minors.
“[A]busive, patriarchal fundamentalists […] fear the liberatory power of queer sexuality,” wrote Boyles.
Boyles also encouraged people to plant pornographic LGBTQ+ banned books in local libraries, such as “Gender Queer” and “All Boys Aren’t Blue.”
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Boyles noted in a post that “zines” — noncommercial, self-published, and often unconventional magazines produced at home or online, usually reproduced via copy machines — are an essential component of promulgating LGBTQ+ ideologies.
Several of Boyles’ students were promoted in his Substack for their zines. He recommended a zine on sex toys by one of his former students, Paige Daniel, an “abortion doula” for Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPAZ); Daniel’s other zines discuss sex education and self-managed abortions.
Boyles promoted a popular zine distributor (distro) among Phoenician progressives, Wasted Ink Zine Distro (WIZD), host of the annual Phoenix Zine Fest. The distro specializes in promoting “historically marginalized creators,” specifically the non-white, LGBTQ+, disabled, chronically ill, or neurodivergent. WIZD receives funding from the city of Phoenix’s Office of Arts and Culture, as well as the Arizona Commission on the Arts through the state and National Endowment for the Arts.
Haley Orion — known online as Arizona Right Wing Watch, an account that posts research on “far-right losers and hate politics” — formerly worked for and published her own zines through WIZD.
Orion recently took issue with the fallout prompted by a post issued by her equal opposite, Chaya Raichik of Libs of TikTok, about the University of Arizona nursing students course engaging with children as young as three about gender identity.
Like Orion, Boyles advocates for other progressive causes in addition to LGBTQ+ issues, such as abortion, gun control, climate change activism, police defunding, and Black Lives Matter (BLM). He formerly served as a board member for NARAL Arizona and the Abortion Fund of Arizona, as well as a research coordinator for White Hat Research & Policy Group.
On his public Instagram page, Boyles posts LGBTQ+ content consisting of gay erotica art, his cross-dressing, drag queens, paganism, witchcraft, advocacy for gender transitions for minors, sex toys, drugs, criticisms of Republicans, and arguments against Christianity.
In a February opinion piece, Boyles declared that LGBTQ+ storytelling to minors was important to “counter the erasure of queer stories.” Boyles also advocated for minors to attend drag shows.