A California Assemblyman is introducing the Pravda Act of 2017 to formally enshrine the intelligence community’s reports about Russian hacking to help Donald Trump into that state’s history books. Democrat Marc Levine named his Pravda Act after the official propaganda newspaper of the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union, which he hopes will impact the history books that students see across the country:
“The work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI and CIA confirmed Russian interference in our election. This is a threat to our democracy and must be treated with appropriate significance in American history,” said Levine in a press release, “California is the largest textbook market in the nation. Textbooks approved in our state are used throughout the country. Through this legislation, we can make sure students in California and across the United States receive accurate information about the 2016 Presidential election.”
“The important thing to me is: Winners usually get to write the history.” Levine told the San Francisco Chronicle, “We’ve had President-elect Donald Trump talk about his landslide victory. That is not the case… he is already attempting to rewrite history. Students of history need to know the truth.”
This isn’t the first major action in California’s education system to inform students candidly about the foul forces harnessed to emplace an admitted sexual predator into the White House. In San Francisco, one teacher’s lesson plan written went viral within 24 hours of the election according to AP reports:
San Francisco’s public schools have been offered a classroom lesson plan that calls President-elect Donald Trump a racist, sexist man who became president “by pandering to a huge racist and sexist base.”
The lesson plan was written by social studies teacher Fakhra Shah, who said she hadn’t planned for it to spread citywide — that was a step taken by the teacher’s union. She wrote it at 2 a.m. Nov. 9, just hours after results came in, to help teachers at her school struggling with how to answer students’ questions and concerns about Trump becoming president.
“I think a lot of people were lost for words, wondering, ‘What do we say? What do we do?’ ” said Shah, whose Latino, African American, white, Muslim and LGBTQ students are worried about a surge in hate crimes since the election. “We’re calling him out,” she said. “If he’s our president, I have the right to hold him accountable and ask him to take a stance that is anti-hate and anti-racist.”
Marc Levine’s bill is expected to be introduced into the California Assembly before the end of the month, where it will be reviewed by a Democratic majority in both state houses and if passed, a Democratic Governor.
America’s largest state is a beacon of hope during these dark times when a racist, serial liar has been installed into the White House with dastardly intervention from Russia’s authoritarian leader. Hillary Clinton spent much of her presidential campaign asking voters what we would tell our children if voters installed a vulgar, short-fingered bully into the Oval Office.
Levine’s bill is the first, sad step towards answering the question about how Donald Trump was elected President that no rational American ever wished to have to explain to our children, or to explain to anyone.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition