Philadelphia, June 30, 2023 – The Joyful Warriors National Summit, organized by Moms for Liberty (MFL), kicked off in Philadelphia today, drawing attention and controversy. The extremist group, known for its opposition to inclusive education and LGBTQ+ acceptance in schools, gathered notable hard-right and mainstream conservative speakers, including Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.
The event has sparked protests and raised concerns about its impact on education and social issues in the United States.
Several 2024 GOP candidates will be addressing the Moms for Liberty: Joyful Warriors Summit today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The event will kick off around 9 am ET with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expected to speak followed by Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former President Donald Trump in the late afternoon.
Here are all the details including various candidate speaking times, the day’s schedule, and how to stream it live online for free.
[SPEECH] Trump Speaks at 2023 Joyful Warriors National Summit
Sponsor: Moms For Liberty
When: Friday, June 30, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm ET
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Live Stream: Watch Below
Live Stream: Moms for Liberty Summit 2023
Trump is expected to speak around 4 pm ET with other candidates addressing the crowd earlier in the day. Follow the live stream below beginning at 9 am ET for all-day coverage courtesy of RSBN and Rumble.
9:00 am ET – Ron DeSantis
11:00 am ET – Nikki Haley
4:00 pm ET – Donald Trump
Agenda & Controversy Behind Joyful Warriors National Summit:
MFL, with 300 chapters nationwide, has been at the forefront of opposing what they perceive as “woke indoctrination” in schools across the country. They claim that children are being indoctrinated and sexualized through a radical “Marxist” agenda, advocating for bans on books about people of color and the LGBTQ+ community, attacking the inclusion of hard histories in school curriculum, and targeting members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The controversies surrounding MFL’s agenda and tactics have earned them a reputation for confrontation and controversy.
The summit, titled “Rocking the Cradle of Liberty,” features politicians, state education officers, and controversial figures who support MFL’s agenda. Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both considered frontrunners for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, are among the top-billed speakers. During Trump’s presidency, attacks on critical race theory (CRT) and diversity, equity, and inclusion programs gained mainstream attention. Trump promises to continue these efforts if re-elected, including cutting funding to schools and programs deemed as embracing CRT or gender identity.
Governor Ron DeSantis has been a key proponent of policies targeting LGBTQ+ people and regulating what can be taught in schools. His Stop W.O.K.E. and “Don’t Say Gay” laws have become blueprints for states across the country seeking to oppress, exclude, and criminalize marginalized communities. Other featured politicians at the summit include former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Congressman Byron Donalds from Florida, and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson.
Controversial figures James Lindsay, KrisAnne Hall, and Chris Elston are also scheduled to speak at the summit. Lindsay has gained attention for promoting false conspiracy theories about cultural Marxism infiltrating American schools and society, as well as making racist and anti-LGBTQ remarks. Hall, an antigovernment activist, and self-described “constitutional attorney,” travels the country spreading her views to various groups. Elston has participated in protests against transgender children and gender-affirming care, partnering with extremist organizations.
The summit’s strategy sessions focus on topics such as comprehensive sex education, protecting children from gender ideology, and driving narratives in communities. MFL’s growth since its establishment in 2021 has been significant, claiming 285 chapters in 45 states with a membership of over 100,000. However, this still represents less than half a percent of U.S. parents, as public polling shows most Americans do not support banning inclusive education or teaching racial history.
Activists in Philadelphia have organized protests against the summit, with groups like ACT UP Philadelphia and Defense of Democracy (DOD) expressing opposition. DOD, established in 2022 to counter attacks on public education by MFL and similar organizations, has rented a billboard truck to raise awareness about the event and promote a nationwide petition against Marriott Hotel hosting MFL.
The impact of the Joyful Warriors National Summit on the public and ongoing debates surrounding education and social issues in the United States remains to be seen. The presence of mainstream politicians and controversial figures at the event has raised concerns about the mainstream acceptance of extremist views. Activists and organizations opposing MFL’s agenda continue to advocate for inclusive education and policies that support the well-being and equality of all students.
Critics argue that MFL’s agenda perpetuates discrimination, exclusion, and the erasure of marginalized voices. They believe that inclusive education and diverse curriculum are essential for creating an equitable society and fostering understanding among students. Proponents of inclusive education stress the importance of teaching accurate history, promoting empathy, and creating safe spaces for all students, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation.
While the Joyful Warriors National Summit has drawn attention and controversy, it is important to note that MFL represents a relatively small fraction of American parents and citizens. Public polling consistently shows that the majority of Americans support inclusive education and reject the banning of books or teaching materials that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Opposing organizations, such as Defense of Democracy, have been actively working to counter the influence of MFL and similar groups. Their efforts include raising awareness, advocating for inclusive policies, and challenging the hosting of events like the Joyful Warriors National Summit at prominent venues.
As the summit progresses, activists and organizations committed to inclusive education and social justice will continue to voice their concerns and promote alternative narratives. The ongoing debates surrounding education and social issues in the United States highlight the deep ideological divides within the country and the importance of fostering dialogue and understanding among different perspectives.
It remains to be seen how the events at the Joyful Warriors National Summit will impact future policies and discussions on education and social issues. The involvement of mainstream politicians and controversial figures in an event organized by Moms for Liberty raises questions about the mainstream acceptance of extremist views and their potential influence on public discourse.