Statement of Organizational Support for the Black Lives Matter Week of Action
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals publicly express our support for and solidarity with teachers and community members and actions from February 5th through the 10th, in recognition of making Black Student Lives Matter in our schools.

We support organizing for Black Lives in schools across the country, with a focus on three demands that educators and communities are making at the national level:

1. Ending zero tolerance in our schools
2. Hiring and retaining teachers of color in our schools
3. Organizing anti-racism training, Black studies, and ethnic studies to our schools

We believe that these goals are vital for educators, parents, students, and all communities in order to...
*create a space for introspection and dialogue around the 13 guiding principles.
*build deeper connections across educators, parents, students, and community members
*stand in support with national organizing supporting Black Lives Matter.
*empower students and student organizers to play a leading role in this week and beyond

As this work continues beyond February 10, we support the Racial Justice Statement written by the Caucus of Working Educators, which asserts that “purposeful action needs to be taken in order to eliminate the adverse outcomes derived from perpetual structural racism evident in public education,”

This ongoing work will promote equality; the value of human life; educational, political, and social justice. It requires us to develop the necessary knowledge and actions necessary to eliminate the barriers structural prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and bias create in Philadelphia and beyond. We are committed to teaching, learning, and culture in our classrooms that reflect these missions and goals, and on our role in building the leadership of our students to live by them. The survival and empowerment of all communities demands this.

Signed,


215 People's Alliance
ArtWell
Black Lives Matter - Philadelphia
Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia
The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice
Girls Rock Philly
Graduate Employees Together - University of Pennsylvania
Jobs With Justice
Juntos
Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
Mastery - Shoemaker Campus
Media Mobilizing Project
Milwaukee Teachers Education Association
Neighborhood Networks
New Sanctuary Movement
#No215 Jail Coalition
William Penn School District
Parents United for Public Education
Penn Campus Antifascist Network
Philadelphia Black History Collaborative
Philly Children’s March
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund
Philly International Socialists Organization
Philly Student Union
Philly Sun
Penn Book Center
Reclaim Philadelphia
Rethinking Schools
Sankofa Community Empowerment
South Philly Families for Racial Justice
Teacher Action Group (TAG Philly)
UrbEd
Witnesses to Hunger
Youth United for Change

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