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This must change.

Dear LEE members, 

Leadership for Educational Equity believes in justice, equity and the potential of every child and every community. Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor had their potential stolen. Their unjust deaths are the most recent, public reminders of a painful history. There is so much work to be done to overcome institutionalized racism in our country and its insidious effects on the Black community, in particular. 

To our members who feel most directly impacted by the current events, we see your pain; we cry with you for justice; and we unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter.

We are hopeful about the new voices calling for change, and we recognize that this is an all too familiar anguish and all too familiar exhaustion for far too many. Racism is deeply embedded in the fabric of this nation; in the DNA of many of its laws and its leadership. Black children and Black families have borne the cost of this deep American shame. Too many lives have been lost. Too many dreams have been shattered. Too many children have lost their innocence too soon. 

This must change. 

We, as an organization, are outraged. And we are recommitting to be part of the change. Leadership for Educational Equity is dedicated to our anti-racist values in every aspect of our work. To achieve educational equity, we must dismantle racist systems, policies, and laws that have stolen generations of potential. 

We believe deeply in the transformational impact of LEE members. We believe in your values. We believe that your individual and collective leadership will dismantle systems of inequity and rebuild systems that provide opportunity, security, and justice for people who, for too long, have been denied those rights. 

We are with you in this struggle. To support your leadership, we will be in touch with information and resources over the next weeks and months to help turn this pain into the power necessary to affect change. 

In solidarity,

Mike Buman
Executive Director
Leadership for Educational Equity