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January 16th, 7:00pm
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January 17th, 3:00pm
January 17th, 7:00pm
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Can we count on you to stand up for DEI initiatives?
Over the weekend, we held our second Listening Session. We will be sending out a full recap soon, but wanted to prioritize the upcoming Farmington School Board Meeting on 1/11 at 6pm at North Farmington HS – 32900 W. 13 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.
There were passionate and heartfelt pleas to stand with the Farmington Hills School Board, who implemented the 21-day Racial Equity challenge and are now under attack. The Oakland County Republican Party has called on their members to protest the idea of diversity, equity and inclusion and has taken particular issue with the phrase Black Lives Matter.
We have committed to standing with the Black community in our actions. We are asking for people to show up to the meeting in peaceful protest and to make their voices heard through their presence and public comment.
If you are planning to attend, please contact Danielle Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some talking points to use:
– Thank you for creating the 21 Day Equity Challenge, providing this wonderful opportunity for adults in the FPS community to learn about and discuss issues of equity. Although the challenge concluded in November, the materials were promised to remain available for those who were unable to attend at least until the end of December. Yet, the district removed those materials following mention of the challenge on Fox and Friends during a segment on Critical Race Theory.
– Our students, teachers, administrators, and community members need to know that the FPS commitment to equity is rooted in action and accountability–not only words. The way our district responds when faced with the decision to advance equity in difficult moments is important.
– Those actions determine how safe, included, and empowered our students and teachers feel in our schools–particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and others who are often disenfranchised. A true commitment to equity recognizes the necessity of doing this work rather than hiding or going silent.
– We need to know that our district practices equity even when it is hard–especially when it is hard.
– I ask that you please continue to encourage community members to engage and learn around these important topics.
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