Tell Naperville City Council that residents want Library Board members who won't ban books

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Tell Naperville City Council that residents want Library Board members who won't ban books

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Melissa Gross started this petition to Naperville City Council

�UPDATED PETITION� Please send emails to the City Council with your feelings about Coyne's appointment to the Library Board!!

SO MANY PARENT GROUPS ARE REMOVING OR BANNING BOOKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM SCHOOL AND CITY LIBRARIES. THIS ALIGNS WITH PLANS OF AWAKE AND

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There is more proof that Coyne ACTUALLY IS AND ALIGNS WITH Awake IL. Making a statement to the City Council on May 3rd stating he's not part of Awake, while sitting with 3 Awake members and a random supporter of Awake. He had not even 1 supporter to corroborate what photo evidence shows as him being a part of Awake and aligned with Awake and their opinions on DEI as well as banning books they don't believe fit their ideals, religious opinions and backwards beliefs. 

 

Per the Mayor himself on DEI-

Steve Chirico touted the city's new DEI initiative. Read about it here: https://www.naperville.il.us/government/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/

 

Amongst the people that the Mayor appointed and sent to city council to vote on 5/17/22 DOES include Kevin Coyne being appointed to the Library board.

 

Check out this pinned tweet, tells you everything you need to know about Kevin Coyne.

https://twitter.com/ILschoolwatch?t=mFVX_bdkirQr8Kn_xYJF0Q&s=09

Kevin Coyne is undeniably a member of or, at best, an ally of Awake IL and has attended many of their outings. He's previously liked posts on Awake's Twitter... and the vile hatred being spread about the trans community is over the top. If this is what Kevin Coyne is aligned with, what are his motives for the Library Board? 

Is it simply his alignment as a part of Awake IL, which means he will push to have books that teach un-whitewashed history, the stories or POC and racism in America and all things LGBTQIA+ banned or removed, since that is what AWAKE IL is pushing for? We would all appreciate and feel better if he did an interview, put out a public statement, or even a video, so he is on the record saying that he will not try to ban, prevent, withhold funds or stop Library workings that involve anti-racism, white fragility and white privilege, any other topic POC would like to see highlighted and have programs about, LGBTQIA+ PRIDE, youth and young adult programs celebrating all genders and sexuality, support groups, literature and biographies, and stand up to say he is not a part of Awake IL and he condemns AWAKE IL flagrant attacks on abortion, transgender people and whatever topic of the day that Adcock feels like attacking. 

 

Until this happens, we will not see trusts this appointment with the ZERO proof of his credibility for this Library Board position. 

 

MAYOR CHIRICO AND MR. COYNE, WE DEMAND TO SEE PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM YOU BOTH AS TO HOW THIS POSITION WAS OBTAINED AND ON WHAT MERITS, THE CLOSE ASSOCIATION MR. COYNE HAS WITH AWAKE IL AND MR. COYNE'S INTENTIONS, AND HIS PLANS TO INTEGRATE DEI INTO THE LIBRARY SYSTEM INSTEAD OF BANNING ANYTHING OR WITHHOLDINGS FUNDS FROM MINORITY, POC AND LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY LITERATURE OR PROGRAMS. WE DEMAND IT IN VIDEO OR IN PRINT, ON THE RECORD FOR ALL TO SEE PRIOR TO THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING NEXT WEEK. 

 

 

It does appear that Mayor Chirico listened to what we had to say last week, likely reviewed some of the proof we provided about Shannon Adcock and Awake IL, and decided that appointing her to SECA, at least right now, was not a good decision and he must not have felt she was the right person to a role that specifically celebrates DEI. I do have to say I'm pleased he made this decision! 

Awake IL'S Twitter is covered with anti lgbtqia posts, especially anti-trans posts that are nothing less than disgusting. Mayor Chirico made the right choice there! Thank you for that reprieve Mr. Mayor! 

***WHILE THIS HASN'T HAPPENED YET, KEEP IT ON YOUR RADAR!*** (Mayor Steve Chirico HAD planned to appoint Shannon Adcock- founder of far-right, anti-DEI, anti-Black History, anti-mask, and anti-LGBTQ Awake IL- to the City of Naperville SECA Commission. SECA stands for Special Events, and Cultural Amenities and has made grant awards to Naper Pride (LGBTQ organization) LWV (which Shannon publicly demonizes), and to cultural minority programs. Shannon has personally attacked many people who do not agree with her (including attacking friends and family of those people) and has threatened to have teachers fired. Several members of the LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities have already voiced the fear of their families' safety and well-being if Shannon were to be appointed to ANY position of any capacity in the city of Naperville. For now, a city council board position appointment isn't a concern, YET! However, she is attacking LGBTQIA people and threatening school boards and DEI curriculum so watch out there! We will see her and her cronies at BOE meetings soon, so be prepared. 

Awake's Twitter(if you're not already blocked) FAIR WARNING IS VULGAR- https://twitter.com/Awake_IL?t=CLfIyWNctsweoSwGpzQFDQ&s=09

 

Here's Shannon Adcock in her own Words: https://www.awakeil.com/post/the-perversion-of-k-12-education 

Additionally, Awake IL's Director of equality and civil rights in education- John Blakey, under Shannon Adcock's approval and appointment and speaking on behalf of Awake IL, stood at a Naperville District 203 Board of Education meeting in February 2022 and said "the comprehensive equity plan needs to be scrapped... there simply isn't a problem with racism that requires Dist 203 students to become anti-rascist, there's no need to transform the culture... also, our students don't need to be encouraged to become social justice warriors. Stick to the academics and scrap the equity plan please." He went on to state that there's no reason to ask the students how they identify and that is unnecessary to ask students if they identify with something other than the gender they were born with. He called it an attempt to indoctrinate our kids, saying we now have "boys that identify as girls, biological males competing in girls sports, birthing people, pronouns and so on. We need to remove activists from the classrooms... disrupting the traditional family models. Dist 203 should follow suit and ensure no politically biased views are allowed in the classrooms." In regards to the number of students that have left the public school systems nationwide- "you are losing good American families with solid values... Awake IL will continue to give parents a voice and we will be on the frontlines of the fight for the soul of our nation. God bless you" Awake IL is a far right, "Christian" extremist group looking to only allow the voice of cis, straight white far right people to be amplified at the detriment to all of the minority groups that also live in and are affected by the policies they are trying to push in Naperville. Shannon Adcock and her Awake IL group wish to not only silence, but make everyone else's voice disappear. They do not believe in equity and inclusion. They, very publicly, condemn the BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities in Naperville and call any other voice or opinion opposite of theirs "fascist". An extremist like this has no business being appointed to a city commission that is supposed to promote equity for all. Shannon's activities are directly at odds to what Mayor Chirico, in his State of the City address, promised Naperville is doing in regards to DEI. Shannon lost her election to the Naperville Dist 204 school board because of her hateful and extreme beliefs. People and parents in her own neighborhood decided she was not fit to represent them on a school board. She has only proven to be more extreme and hateful since that loss and has no business being appointed to ANY city position, especially not one that is responsible for the equity and inclusion of all residents of Naperville.)

 

***Please sign this petition to let Mayor Chirico and the City Council know that we demand board and commission members that will continue to advance the DEI plans that Mayor Chirico promised us.***

 

The next Council meeting is on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. After signing this petition, please write to Mayor Chirico AND the city council to let them know how you feel about the proposed appointment and why you feel that way. Also, send in a public comment or sign up to speak at the next Council meeting on May 17th!

 

Mayor Chirico's contact information: 

Official city email: ChiricoS@naperville.il.us

Personal email: stevechirico@gmail.com

Twitter: @SteveChirico

Facebook: two accounts under Steve Chirico and Mayor Steve Chirico

 

Naperville City Council email: council@naperville.il.us

 

We must make our voices heard immediately to avoid this appointment without our questions being answered about Mr. Coyne's intentions! Our Mayor is supposed to represent ALL of the citizens, not just extremist white people who try to make any minority disappear, last of all in our Library system. 

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