Updated with Racine Unified School District response
Racine Horlick High School is hosting an overtly political event being billed as a "celebration for a just immigration reform" hosted by left-wing advocacy groups Voces De La Frontera and YES! Youth Empowered in the Struggle. The event, which will be held from 4:30 until 9:30 pm in the school's cafeteria, is titled "Fiesta Patria"--which translates to "patriotic party."
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces De La Frontera's executive director, is the featured speaker and both groups are using the event as a fundraiser. A flyer advertising the program indicates a "$5 suggested donation," while "children under 11 [are] free."
Parents and students alike have raised concern about the overtly political nature of such an event on school property, and note that Racine Horlick teachers and administrators have been encouraging students to attend.
"This is basically an anti-ICE rally," one student told "The Dan O'Donnell Show." "And during a school assembly recently the teachers were going around and telling kids about it."
"It's completely unacceptable," added a parent.
"As a public school district, our facilities are available for public use outside of the school day," Racine Unified School District spokeswoman Stacy Tapp said. "They are open to any community organization assuming they request through the appropriate process.
"Thank you for making us aware of concerns that were raised about flyers being handed out during school. This is the first we have heard. I encourage students to bring concerns to the attention of their principal and/or District administration so that we have the opportunity to look into it and address it as appropriate."
Voces De La Frontera is a prominent liberal immigration group that recently called for law enforcement agencies in Milwaukee to cease cooperation with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. During a press conference earlier this month, a Voces-aligned speaker compared ICE agents to Nazis.
"Jews know too well what happens when atrocities are met with silence, and even worse, complicity," said Sandy Pasch, a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. "The Milwaukee Police Department must not be complicit. They must create much stronger safeguards against collaboration with ICE."
Voces De La Frontera included this extreme rhetoric in a press release, indicating its endorsement of the idea that a federal law enforcement agency is engaged in activities reminiscent of the Holocaust.
In early August, Voces was involved in a protest that shut down an ICE building in Milwaukee because of the agency's supposed similarity to Nazis.
“It is historic to shut down an ICE facility for an entire today,” Neumann-Ortiz said. “The Never Again actions are a source of inspiration and strength for the Latinx community. There is a broad and diverse movement inspired by many different communities’ experience of persecution and struggle. The Never Again actions are a warning from the Jewish perspective of what could happen if we don’t escalate our resistance to the growth of modern-day fascism."
In one Racine student's eyes, tonight's event is another in a long line of incidents of Racine Unified School District teachers and administrators openly promoting radical left-wing ideology in school.
'Let me tell you, if you think public schools are bad, they are at least a hundred times worse," the student wrote in an email to "The Dan O'Donnell Show." "Teachers almost always present their opinion in class, and they're almost always liberal. They present theories such as Climate Change and Evolution as absolute fact. You have teachers presenting Communism and Socialism in a positive light, and America and Democracy in a negative light.
"Here's an example of this sort of behavior- it's a door with a few liberal points of view on it. I was in a hurry so the picture isn't really a good one, so I'll just put the points themselves in here- "In This Classroom We Believe: Science is Real, No Human is Illegal, Love is Love, Black Lives Matter, Women's Rights are Human Rights, Kindness and Respect are EVERYTHING" and then on the bottom it says "You are ALL Welcomed". So you can kind of get an understanding of how bad this sort of thing really is."