Stand for Children Washington is responding to the call of Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County and participating in a statewide day of action and strike on Friday, June 12 by closing our office and focusing our attention tomorrow on community action in support of Black lives.
From Black Lives Matter of Seattle-King County:
“There’s never been a time in American history where Black people have not lived and died under the unrelenting boot of racism and systematic oppression. If we truly want to create something that we’ve never had before, then we need to be willing to do things that we’ve never done before. A statewide day of action for black lives will send a powerful message to all government officials that Washingtonians no longer tolerate the racism that is built into so many of our institutions.”
You can learn more about the Day of Action on Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County’s website, including suggestions for how to participate if you are unable to march, guidelines for safety amidst the spread of COVID-19, and a list of marches happening throughout Washington state tomorrow.
We are also amplifying their call to support the “many Black-led organizations who have been doing this work for years, decades even,” such as the King County Equity Now Coalition. We also encourage you to connect with and support Black-led organizations in your community.
As part of our own action, we are standing with all our Stand for Children affiliates across the country in support of the Advancement Project’s position that police have no place in U.S. schools. We acknowledge that we are new and overdue to this conversation. As a first step, we are engaging with school district partners in Washington to gather information about plans to reduce and remove police presence in school buildings as we seek to meaningfully support ongoing community efforts around this work.
We are listening. If you have thoughts you’d like to share about ways we can continue to center racial equity in our work as education advocates, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you and yours continue to be safe and healthy.