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Moms for Libros

Ep. 40

Nick is joined by Lissette Fernandez and Vanessa Brito, Ph.D., who lead 'Moms For Libros', an advocacy group that helps families in Miami understand & combat the efforts to ban books and harm public education. In this episode, we learn more about their organization and the political battles they’re taking on in Florida.


To learn more about Moms For Libros, visit their website or Linktree


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