Race Equity and Social Justice Board Resolutions
Every day of every new school year, we see issues of race equity and social justice impacting our students. WEA is committed to this work. Thus, we center this work for our members and for our students. The WEA Board recently passed three new resolutions outlining our commitment to bringing race equity and social justice to our members, our schools and students and to our Association.
Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Therefore, it is resolved that we, the State Board of Directors of the Washington Education Association will stand in solidarity with our Native American, Alaskan Native and First Nations’ tribal governments, communities, and families to join the effort to combat this epidemic that is raging in our state. We pledge our support to any and all efforts to lobby on behalf of the Indigenous women and girls of our state, and to remain steadfast in our solidarity and support from now, until the last of our Stolen Sisters are brought home.
Recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day
Therefore, it is resolved that we, the State Board of Directors of the Washington Education Association will stand in solidarity with our Native American, Alaskan Native and First Nations’ tribal governments, communities, elders, educators, parents and students in the educational institutions and systems within our state; to once and for all, support action by the Washington State Legislature to officially recognize the second Monday of every October as Indigenous Peoples Day.
Black Lives Matter
Therefore, be it resolved, that the WEA hereby supports and believes Black Lives Matter.
Therefore, be it further resolved, that the WEA commits itself not only to address the symbols of institutional racism and white supremacy, but also to proactively identify and address biases, practices, policies, and institutional barriers that perpetuate injustice and inequality in our union, schools, and our communities.
In addition to our three board resolutions, WEA also has several ongoing resolutions. You may read those here.