JCEA actions to support Black Lives Matter
JCEA commits to continue its work on tearing down the institutional systems present in our society and in our education system born from white supremacy culture. We know that as educators, we are part of this system and we have a unique responsibility to change it for the lives of our students who very much matter.
Therefore, JCEA calls for Jeffco Public Schools to engage with our communities of color about the use of security and law enforcement in our schools. We must listen to and learn from our communities about the impact of these practices on our students and families. We must ensure our district policies allow students from marginalized communities to feel safe and protected. We also demand increased training for all of our educators around issues of white supremacy culture, institutional racism, implicit bias, privilege, restorative discipline practices, and culturally responsive educational practices. We call for any law enforcement working with our schools to have this training as well.
JCEA commits to continue leading by example in our own work. We will continue to support the work of the Ethnic Minority Organizing Action Team (EMOAT) and listen to their guidance as we work to become a union that is anti-racist both in word and in practice. We will continue to support the partnership between EMOAT and Jeffco Public Schools’ HR department in recruiting and retaining educators of color.
JCEA recognizes that this work must be intentional, focused, and on-going. We also recognize that creating structural change will take many people doing the work in many many different ways.
Please let us know how you want to get involved.
School or worksite:
I am interested in getting involved by:
Creating and supporting community engagement around the use of security and law enforcement in our schools
Identifying the impacts, concerns, and solutions to institutional racism in schools
Doing accountability work with our members and district management to ensure our demands are moving forward
Doing accountability work around law enforcement in our schools and our district
I want to join the JCEA EMOAT team
I would like to be a part of creating a JCEA Allies work group
I want to support but don't know exactly how I fit into this work
I am interested in training and/or engagement on the following issues:
White supremacy culture
Addressing institutional racism
Implicit bias training
Structures of power and privilege
Restorative discipline practices
Culturally responsive educational practices
Other thoughts? Ideas? Concerns?
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