Solidarity with Charleston

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We join with you in expressing our profound grief in learning about the shootings in South Carolina. The taking of lives in such a racist and violent fashion underscores the importance of working together to end hate and hate crimes . We join with the families and community members in Charleston and throughout the world in expressing our deepest sorrow at the shootings and also our deepest hopes for safer places to live, think, and grow.

We in the education community know of much violence done to children. There is the violence of school closings, high stakes tests, and inequitable funding. There is the violence of the lack of quality nutrition and medical care, mental health care, and lack of access to safe high quality schools. These accepted norms of societal behavior qualify as hate crimes. We must act together to end all forms of violence against black and brown children and the communities they abide in.

We stand in solidarity with social justice, civil rights and religious groups and all who express sorrow and hope for Mother Emmanuel’s parishioners

If you would like to help the families of the shooting victims, the City of Charleston has set up the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to help the families pay for funerals for their loved ones, counseling services, and other needs as they continue to heal from the tragedy.

You can give to the fund at its website:

Or by mailing a donation to:

Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
c/o City of Charleston
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402

We remain ever dedicated to justice and peace in all our endeavors .

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