Turning Point USA Club provides outlet for conservative politics


Chris Alexander

Military History professor and conservative journalist, AWR Hawkins, points to audience member, Ben Morgan, a freshman for some audience support during a lecture at a TPUSA meeting.

Chris Alexander, staff writer

Turning Point USA is a non-profit organization based out of Phoenix, Arizona. They strive to advocate for conservative beliefs among students from high schools, colleges, and universities.
In 2012, the nationwide organization was founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk and Bill Montgomery for the purpose of bringing Republican ideals to surrounding campuses. Turning Point USA also runs websites, including professorwatchlist.org,a documentation website whose purpose, according to the website, is to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”
Another website affiliated with TPUSA is schoolboardwatchlist.org, which assists in exposing radical and false ideologies endorsed by school boards. According to the website, “SBWL finds and exposes school board leadership that supports anti-American, radical, hateful, immoral, and racist teachings in their districts, such as Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, sexual/gender ideology, and more. SBWL also provides information on how parents and students can get involved in their local school board and put an end to the racialization of the classroom.”
“Charlie Kirk has opened the eyes of thousands and thousands of kids because all he is doing is explaining his truth”, said Jack Boyle, a junior.
Turning Point has been a club at Cactus Shadows for four years. During club meetings, they discuss a variety of topics, including local and national politics, and the students’ views on various conservative values. Club members have focused on mask mandates within the school systems, vaccine mandates, recent news, and social issues.
“All of us can talk about what we think and our political views, argue about it and agree about it without other people getting mad or they can just walk away,” said Ivan Staho, a freshman.
Gaetano Gianni, the advisor, organizes meetings with help from the students. During meetings, they decide which club projects to work on and choose activities that they might be interested in.
“Before COVID one of our big projects was to support our alumni who are in the military and we were sending them care packages”, said Gianni.
They are also working on getting local speakers to share their beliefs and ideologies with the club. The club meets during lunch on Thursdays in Gianni’s room.