Stand Supporters and Partners,
Reflecting on 2020 your thoughts may gravitate, as do mine, to the overwhelming suffering, misery, and strife.
To George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, and Rayshard Brooks, and the many other Black Americans killed by police or, in Arbery’s case, virulently racist vigilantes.
To the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their lives and the millions who lost loved ones to the pandemic.
To the millions and millions of families in our nation desperately trying to keep a roof over their children’s heads, afford food, and pay their bills.
To the tens of millions of U.S. children, young people, parents, and educators struggling and persevering during this pandemic school year.
But you might also focus, as I choose to do, on the massive selflessness, generosity, and resistance in 2020.
On all the essential workers putting their lives at risk daily to save others.
On all those who gave generously to help friends, neighbors, and people they’ll never meet to stay afloat.
On the millions who peacefully caused good and necessary trouble standing up for Black Lives and provoked a long overdue national racial reckoning.
As you read this annual report – and thank you for taking the time to do so – I hope you’re gratified by how much good we were able to do together in this turbulent and difficult year. It is truly humbling to me how much we stepped up together and what a difference we made in 2020.
Heading toward Stand’s 25th Anniversary, I could not be more fired up to continue to fight alongside you in 2021 for educational, racial, and social justice.
Standing together with you,