FRAMINGHAM – We are heartbroken to see so much pain and suffering in our communities caused by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and by the thousands of Black people killed throughout this country’s long history of racial injustice and police brutality.
The Framingham Teachers Association supports the Black Lives Matter movement and its call for an end to police violence and an end to the killing of Black men and women in the US. The lives of our Black students, their families and of our Black colleagues matter to us.
We defend the right to protest and believe that the responsibility to stand up against injustice is fundamental to our democracy. We condemn the violence besieging the very communities calling out for justice, as well as the incendiary shows of force against demonstrators by the police.
As educators, we can lift up our students and our communities. We can make space for all voices, not just the privileged ones. We can heal through teaching and provide our students with the critical thinking skills and knowledge necessary to create a more just and equitable society.
The FTA looks forward to working with the district leadership in reaching our goal of creating an anti-racist union and anti-racist schools, where students and educators discuss and address issues of race, diversity and equality in meaningful ways that lead to positive change.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the FTA Executive Committee and FTA
Christine Mulroney, President
Framingham Teachers Association