Ok folks, we’ve got some news that will affect most every person in Wisconsin, and will hopefully set legal precedent in other states as well to protect kids and their families.
The Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC has begun the process of building a class action lawsuit against every school board in Wisconsin that isn’t mandating masks for kids too young to get the vaccine and not following CDC guidelines for students while in school to protect against the deadly Delta variant.
Why is a brewing company doing this instead of another group that's supposed to protect kids? Because we can and we haven't found anyone else willing to take the lead.
Here are the details.
We noticed that outside of the more sane urban areas of Wisconsin where school districts are still using science to protect children from the very contagious Delta variant, there has been a groundswell of obnoxious and very loud anti-intellectual, anti-mask, and anti-science voices overrunning school boards in the ‘burbs and in more rural areas.
School superintendents are being fired or quitting for trying to protect kids (Tomahawk, Minocqua).
School board members voting to keep masking kids indoors who are too young for the vaccine are being forced into recall elections (Somerset, Oconomowoc, etc), and have even been physically threatened.
Teacher safety is an afterthought, and that's not right.
A large majority of parents are feeling helpless because they see Covid cases skyrocketing in their school districts, and absolutely nothing being done to prevent it.
Last week we put out a Facebook post calling for any parents whose kids have recently gotten Covid in school to reach out to us. We got a ton of responses from angry parents, and have found two plaintiffs ready to take their school boards to court in order to protect kids in the entire state.
How are we doing this? There are two federal judicial districts in Wisconsin: Eastern and Western. In order to protect all kids, we need to file a lawsuit in both districts—thus two plaintiffs.
Our lawyer obviously knows more about this than we do, but here’s the gist of what we plan to do:
He’s going to use a “public nuisance” argument to convince judges in both districts to provide injunctive relief against all school boards actively promoting daily super spreader events by not forcing kids in schools to wear masks and socially distance. He says if we get the right judge, he/she could IMMEDIATELY force students to wear masks around the state until the defense has enough time to build a case.
This means as soon as we file these two lawsuits, we could IMMEDIATELY take strong action to stop kids from getting Covid and protect a lot of kids and their families.
We’ve decided to do this regardless of the cost, but these lawsuits will be expensive and we could use your help to fund them.
To convince a judge to provide immediate injunctive relief, we are paying expert epidemiologists and infectious disease experts to write reports throughout this weekend showing how these schools boards are engaging in daily super spreader events by not taking steps to mitigate infection.
Experts and lawyers aren’t cheap, and we don’t know how long these lawsuits will last, but we do know that for some inexplicable reason, the Republican Party will fight tooth and nail against protecting children and their families, and will have unlimited resources to do so.
Our lawyer says these suits could run up to $100K over a six month period, but we hope we can strike a big blow right away and spend much less.
If you’d like to help fund this lawsuit, here’s the link to our super PAC. The average contribution so far has been $40, and we’ve raised over $250K, so really, any little bit helps.
If you’re worried about your kid or grandkid getting Covid, and in turn giving it to you, because anti-science nut jobs are playing politics with school safety, consider chipping in for this lawsuit.
These lawsuits are the very definition of doing something for the “Public Good.” We have had enough selfish “My Freedom is more important than Public Health” sentiment in this state and country. It’s time for intelligent and reasonable adults to take the wheel and the anti-intellectual "I've done my own research" bottom-dwellers to sit down and shut up.
Thanks for standing up for what is right and helping us protect children and families in Wisconsin.
We will make Wisconsin great again by trusting in science and by taking the politics out of public health.
And afterwards, we can celebrate with a beer.
Thanks for your help,
Kirk Bangstad, Owner, Minocqua Brewing Company and Super PAC