The shadow cast over our country this past week by yet another example of the decades of police atrocities committed against Black lives is one I can't and won't ignore.
Notably, twenty-four years ago today was also the first ever Stand for Children Day, when over 300,000 people rallied to support our country's children in Washington D.C. and Rosa Parks spoke to call us to action: "If I can sit down for justice," she said, "you can stand up for children."
This moment in time is a reminder for me, especially as a white woman, that our fight to respond to Rosa Parks' rallying cry and stand up for children is not separate from our movement to end police violence against Black lives. We are fighting for the opportunity to build a better world together, which means dismantling systems that perpetuate systemic racism both in our streets and in our schools.
As I look now to what we can do today, I am grounding myself in our commitment to ensure that our public schools are a safe and supportive environment for children to learn, grow, reflect, and build community with one another. To achieve our collective dream, our organization strives to be a supportive partner to parents and families like yours across Washington.
Thank you for continuing to stand with us as we stand for Washington students, parents, and families. If you are looking for support with your child's education, please don't hesitate to reach out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help and stand in community together.