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Engaging in Anti-Racism Work Together

Monday, June 8, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Today marks two weeks since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. As board members and staff of MnAEYC-MnSACA, we join you in mourning Mr. Floyd’s death. We join you in outrage for Mr. Floyd’s senseless killing.

We recognize the injustice and inhumanity that black, brown and Indigenous people face each and every day. We see you. We hear you. But that’s not enough. We must continue to listen to understand the lived experiences of people of color. We must examine how oppressing people of color built America.

We are committed to dismantling the systems that perpetuate racism in our early childhood and afterschool educational systems to ensure that our youngest learners have equitable opportunities and realize their full potential. As educators, we all have a duty to uphold this commitment.

We are also committed to creating a profession where educators are recognized for the highly valuable work they do through equitable access to higher education, professional development, and compensation. 

We endorse NAEYC’s equity statement and the Power to the Profession framework that provide avenues for moving forward.

These injustices leave us feeling overwhelmed, tired, angry, and often unsure about how to take action. While we know this is an ongoing process, we must not be silent. People of color have not been silent. We need to be allies and accomplices in this anti-racist work.

Is this going to be hard and uncomfortable? Yes.

Are we going to make mistakes? Yes.

But we must keep learning, unlearning, sharing and reflecting.

Below are a few suggestions for taking action. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we welcome hearing about other avenues. Anti-racism work isn't one and done. We encourage you to integrate this work into your everyday lives, personally and professionally.

We also want to hear from you, learn from you and work side by side with you. We ask that you share any immediate needs you have or opportunities for engagement in your communities. We welcome any suggestions or feedback on how we can work together to dismantle racism.

Please be in touch at info@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org.

Act

  1. Be in touch with your state legislators as they prepare for a special session on June 12. Hold them accountable for their actions.
  2. Vote! MN has a primary on Tuesday, August 11, and the general is on Tuesday, November 3. Request your absentee ballot today.
  3. Run for office. There are a number of resources you can Google, but you can start here.

Donate

  1. HandsOn Twin Cities has an extensive list of organizations doing work in the community.

Read: Learn the History

  1. You can find book recommendations here, here, and here. If you purchase any books, consider purchasing them from a BIPOC-owned bookstore.

Share and Amplify

  1. A way to be an ally is to reach out to your friends, family, and neighbors and have a conversation about racism in our community.
  2. Share the work of black, Indigenous, and people of color.


~MnAEYC-MnSACA Board of Directors & Staff


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