SEAL STANDS WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER
The intertwined realities of a global pandemic and police violence have exposed the brutal and life-denying effects of systemic racism. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others, have galvanized our nation, indeed our world. Collectively, we have had enough.
At SEAL, we raise our voices against such atrocities. We also focus our energy, our resources, and our attention on the thousands of smaller atrocities that people of color--that children of color--experience each day on the streets, in stores, in federal and state halls of power, in prisons, and, yes, in schools.
We are an organization firmly rooted in educational equity. Twelve years ago, when the SEAL journey began within the Sobrato Family Foundation, there was an explicit choice made to centralize English Learners, because they suffered, and continue to suffer, gross inequity in educational outcomes. And although we have always promoted culturally and linguistically responsive education, our understanding of our responsibility has deepened.
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 our children and communities, we take up an extra charge to be relentless in the face of oppression. This is our promise to you.
At SEAL, we pledge to:
SEAL mourns the lives we have lost. We cherish the lives left to us.
We promise to do better. Black lives matter.