Moms for Liberty, a conservative nonprofit advocating for parental rights in education, recently ousted two Kentucky chapter chairs following their appearance in photos with Proud Boys members. The incident occurred at a November 4 rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, where the women, leading Boone and Campbell county chapters, were photographed with men in Proud Boys attire. The national organization condemned this association, stating it contradicts their core values and disavows any connection with the Proud Boys.
Founded in 2021, Moms for Liberty has been influential yet controversial in its push for right-wing school board candidates and opposition to race and LGBTQ+ references in education. The group faced backlash earlier this year when an Indiana chapter used a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has labeled Moms for Liberty as an anti-government extremist group, a claim the organization disputes.
The SPLC also categorizes the Proud Boys as a hate group, noting their white nationalist ideology and involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Over 60 Proud Boys members face federal charges related to this event, with former leader Enrique Tarrio receiving a 22-year sentence for seditious conspiracy.
In the controversial photos, one former chair was seen making the “OK” sign, which the Anti-Defamation League notes can symbolize white supremacist beliefs. Moms for Liberty has not clarified whether the ousted leaders will remain as members. Their contact information has been removed from the organization’s website, and the group is following established procedures to appoint new chapter leaders.