Equity means focusing first on those who are most underserved, committing ourselves not only to inclusive, but to anti-racist schools and classrooms. It is not an accident that communities of color are disproportionately affected by the novel Coronavirus. It is not an accident that Black men and women are dying at the hands of police. It is not an accident that over the last 40 years, the rise in school discipline and police in school is inextricably intertwined with the rise of mass incarceration.
We must do better. As an organization that cares passionately about the physical, emotional, and mental health of children and communities, we take up an extra charge to be relentless in the face of oppression. This is our promise to you.