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June 4, 2020

Our Commitment to Social Justice and Anti-Racist Education

The strength and the pain of the protests this summer have changed our world. The systems that have marginalized, oppressed, terrified and killed Black people in this country for 400 years become harder and harder for those with power and privilege to either ignore or protect (or both). Our vision for SCL has always been to create a place where people can come together across difference, to share our time, talents and treasures, to be a force in actively dismantling the false narratives and histories so widely spread as “truth” in this country. In the coming weeks, months, and years, we will continue to galvanize this foundation and dig even deeper as we work with all of you towards creating a world where everyone can feel safe, heard and valued.

The teachers and staff at School for Community Learning actively join and stand in solidarity with our fellow citizens seeking equity, safety, and justice for all people. The tenets of dismantling systemic oppression are the backbone of our mission and vision as a school. As people who care for our country, we understand that we cannot continue as a nation to ignore the unresolved wounds caused by our 600-year history of oppression and violence toward people of color, LGBTQ citizens, people with disabilities, religious communities, women, and those threatened by poverty. We understand that the systems and assumptions of “who is valuable” are put in place while children are young and have been supported by the schools and educational institutions they attend. We are committed to educating through ongoing dialogue with our students about our history, the joys of liberation for all, and our interconnection as neighbors, communities, and as a nation.  We teach students how to take action on issues that matter to them and to our world.  We support students in their roles as friends, citizens, and leaders in the ongoing struggle for equitable access to resources and opportunity, environmental health, justice, and safety. We recognize that, in order to teach through these lenses, we must face our own personal biases, beliefs, and stereotypes as well as understand the systems of oppression that shape our country.

Our core beliefs include:

 

If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– Lilla Watson