ARLINGTON, Virginia., January 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Communities in schools® (CIS ™), the national organization that ensures that every student, regardless of race, postcode or background of marginalization, has what they need to be successful in school and beyond, has released the following statement today:
“Yesterday morning our nation woke up to watch democracy in action. At the end of the day, we saw our democracy in jeopardy.
Our nation’s most sacred institutions have come under attack by people who carried weapons, as well as white supremacist words and symbols in the halls of the United States Capitol in an attempt to undermine the foundations of our democracy. These people claimed to have a legitimate grievance, but their actions were not aimed at change. Instead, they were meant to cripple our government and silence the will of the people.
Their violence and intimidation was, in large part, fueled by inflammatory rhetoric from the White House. Now, more than ever, it is important that all of our elected leaders moderate their language. But it is equally important for them and for all of us not to remain silent about what is happening at the moment. The whole world is watching and listening. Our children too.
We owe our children something better than what they saw and something more than what they heard yesterday.
Last November, Communities In Schools® (CIS ™) told our young people that in America every voice counts. And we reminded them that in an election, every vote counts. They observed that the ballots were counted fairly and understood that the majority spoke. Joe biden is the elected president.
Now we adults must reassure our young people that we are still a nation of laws and that our democracy still works. As an example, we can cite our members of Congress who, despite what happened yesterday, returned to the people’s work and the people’s house to certify the election. Like them, we should not all be paralyzed or afraid to the point of inaction.
We often teach our children the importance of resilience. We need to make them understand that this is what it takes to build and maintain a healthy democracy. It is also what is needed for us as a country to break down the systemic barriers in our institutions that stand in the way of equitable outcomes for everyone.
But we also need to tell our young people an uncomfortable truth. Calls for progress in this country will sometimes run up against reactionary behavior. It’s our job, as caring adults in their lives, to prepare them. Our young people need to understand what peaceful and productive expression of opinion looks like in a democracy and be able to distinguish it from voices of intimidation.
We also need to have courageous conversations with our young people, especially those who are black, brown and native, who saw something yesterday reminding them that people of color can live in the same country as white people but with a set of rules. different. They know this to be true because they experience hate speech, unfair treatment and supremacist behavior in their own communities. We must empower them to speak out against racial and social injustice, equip them to defend their rights and ensure that their voices are heard.
This is the work of Communities In Schools, and we cannot do it alone. We seek to effect change in our schools, community and society, so that all young people can realize their potential in school and beyond, regardless of race, zip code or socio-economic background.
We call on all of our supporters, partners, elected leaders, business leaders and religious leaders to re-engage in this work and join us in speaking out forcefully for peace, justice and justice. democracy.
Now is the time for us to come together and unite to support a bright future for our country and our children. ”
About communities in schools
Communities In Schools® (CIS ™) is a national organization that ensures that every student, regardless of race, zip code or socio-economic background, has what they need to achieve their potential in school. and beyond. Working directly in more than 2,500 schools across the country, we connect students with caring adults and community resources that help them see, face and overcome the barriers that stand between them and a better future. Together, we are building a powerful movement for change made up of peers, students and alumni committed to building an equitable path to education for future generations.
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