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Statement of Solidarity against Racial Violence, Injustice, and Inequality

June 12, 2020

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans stands in support of those across the nation who are demanding an end to racial violence, injustice, and inequality.

The mur­ders of Ahmaud Arbery, Bre­on­na Tay­lor, George Floyd, and many oth­er Black indi­vid­u­als have brought the U.S. to a nation­al reck­on­ing over his­toric and ongo­ing racial inequities not only with regards to polic­ing and crim­i­nal jus­tice but also across all aspects of our soci­ety. These issues are inex­tri­ca­bly tied to racial inequities with­in the edu­ca­tion system.

We believe that Black lives mat­ter. In the com­ing months, we will con­vene our team and board to reflect on our mis­sion and how we pur­sue it, iden­ti­fy con­crete steps we at ERA-New Orleans can take toward increas­ing racial jus­tice, and com­mu­ni­cate our plan of action to the com­mu­ni­ty so that we can be held account­able for our goals. As an orga­ni­za­tion, we are com­mit­ted to lis­ten­ing, learn­ing, and engag­ing in the work nec­es­sary to help cre­ate a just and equi­table present and future. 

Dou­glas N. Har­ris, Direc­tor, Edu­ca­tion Research Alliance for New Orleans