Loudoun NAACP Seeks to Join School Board Member Removal Cases

The Loudoun County Chapter of the NAACP is seeking to intervene in the removal case against School Board members Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian).

Removal petitions were organized by the group Fight for Schools, which is seeking the ouster of School Board members over their involvement in a private Facebook group.

As it stands, the only parties in the cases are the School Board members as defendants, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj representing the plaintiffs. 

Fight for Schools filed motions to intervene on behalf of the petitioners and to disqualify the Biberaj from prosecuting the cases because of her own involvement in the group. The School Board members’ attorney Dawn E. Boyce argued in a Jan. 5 hearing that having a mere interest in a case does not entitle a party to participate in it. 

The NAACP will be represented by attorneys Phillip Thompson and Charlie King. King represented former Leesburg representative Beth Barts in her removal case.

“My view is, if you’re going to let Fight for Schools in to talk about Critical Race Theory, you need to let the NAACP talk about equity,” King said. 

Fight for Schools released a statement yesterday responding to the NAACP chapter president  Michelle Thomas calling the removal effort a “Jim Crowe-Esque Effort of 2022 to suppress votes.”

“It’s interesting that Ms. Thomas would weigh in against the thousands of parents supporting this effort to petition the government for a redress of grievances, a First Amendment right,” the statement said.

King said the motion to intervene will be filed later in the week. 

13 thoughts on “Loudoun NAACP Seeks to Join School Board Member Removal Cases

  • 2022-01-19 at 3:23 pm
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    I just wish recall organizers would drop it already. People are seeing through their nonsense. They can’t win an election in Loudoun Blue. So they try to go in through the back door & disenfranchise thousands of voters in the process. Brenda & Atoosa are good people. They don’t deserve this. Please get a life!

    • 2022-01-19 at 8:49 pm
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      If the organizer were to “drop it already,” that would be a slap in the face to the THOUSANDS OF LOUDOUNERS who want these school board flunkies removed from office.

      Get a life, indeed.

    • 2022-01-20 at 2:22 am
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      The Recall Organizers are playing by the rules. These rules do not disenfranchise anyone.

      People voted.

      Hence, they exercised their rights to vote.

      Thus. where is the Disenfranchisement?

  • 2022-01-19 at 4:15 pm
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    Fight for Schools act as if they have the mandate of all the parents in the County. They do not. We all should have a say in this including those most affected by this latest assault. Instead of going to court, how about you put up some quality candidates who can win.

  • 2022-01-19 at 8:57 pm
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    Jim Crowe? While nobody should be surprised when Michelle Thomas pushes racial hyperbole over the top, it just doesn’t fit. The recall is a legal, acceptable means of removal when things dramatically change between election cycles. I don’t remember the NAACP saying peep when the Dems tried to recall [then] “dutifully elected” supervisor Eugene Delgaudio several years back. And I don’t remember any histrionics from Michelle when the Dems tried to impeach a “dutifully elected” president….twice. It must be tough being the LC-NAACP struggling for relevance in 2022.

  • 2022-01-19 at 9:30 pm
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    No reason for the NAACP to get involved. None.

    “My view is, if you’re going to let Fight for Schools in to talk about Critical Race Theory, you need to let the NAACP talk about equity,” King said.

    We support equality, NOT equity which determines outcomes based on SKIN COLOR which is RACIST.

    The NAACP is NOT color blind.

  • 2022-01-19 at 11:13 pm
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    The clown show (King and Thompson) is coming to court. A party may not intervene in a case unless it can serve as a plaintiff or defendant. The NAACP is neither. Nor can it possibly make an argument that the targets of the recall, Reaser and Sheridan, cannot make themselves.

    When you submit a signed pleading or motion that has no basis in law (as the NAACP motion is clearly devoid of any legal basis), you are supposed to be fined by the court via sanctions. But Judge Irby is nothing if not a politcal actor. King and Thompson will get to abuse the court with impunity.

  • 2022-01-20 at 9:52 am
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    It’s interesting how vociferously people oppose Fight for Schools for using the legally prescribed mechanism for a recall of school board officials. Had the school board, the Commonwealth Attorney and NAACP chapter president Michelle Thomas not engaged in dubious attacks on individuals who thought differently then Loudoun might not be a laughingstock.

    Officials can’t conspire in secret to use their offices to attack citizens just because the don’t like them. That’s the essence of tyranny. It’s interesting how a select few people can’t see that or at least don’t want to admit that.

    Ms. Sheridan, Ms. Reaser and Mr. Ziegler could bring this all to a close by simply resigning after their most disgraceful actions over the past two years.

    • 2022-01-21 at 8:49 am
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      People oppose FFS because it doesn’t act in good faith. Nothing it has done to date has been in good faith. You can’t recall duly elected officials for policy reasons, and simply being a member of a Facebook group is not malfeasance. Stop being so ridiculous.

  • 2022-01-20 at 10:16 am
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    “Good people” don’t threaten to dox and harass taxpayers who don’t agree with their short-sighted and divisive policies. Brenda and Atoosa were members of the FB group that was actively trying to dox parents, and their failure to speak out against these efforts implicates them by their silence. I’m sure the investigation will uncover more, as we don’t know at this point how involved they were, but it’s a chilling indication of where this country is going if elected officials feel it’s acceptable to keep illegal lists of taxpayers for the purpose of harassment, just because they believe they are on the right side. All of the upcoming civil lawsuits could have been avoided if our School Board members had been more transparent in the first place.

  • 2022-01-20 at 11:12 am
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    In the 50+ years since the Civil Rights Act, your NAACP community and your behavior has gone from bad to worse. Your streets are a violent mess, your mostly fatherless children turn to crime as easily as breathing air, and your “leaders” get rich while telling you that you are perpetual victims and all of your problems are the fault of every one but yourselves. Respect is to be earned, not given. Pull your heads out. THIS IS NOT THE DREAM.

  • 2022-01-20 at 11:13 pm
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    My take is simple, it’s in the hands of a judge, whatever he/she decides is it how it goes. If any party disagrees they can appeal to the next level.

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