Update from CPA Executive Director
Dear CPA Community,
In the light of recent events, as a community, we at CPA would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Breonna Taylor, and to the families of countless other lives destroyed in similar fashion.
Many of you and your children watched these acts of violence and their aftermath in Minneapolis, Louisville, and cities across the US and unfold on television and in social media, and your families and our communities are impacted deeply by the trauma of these developments – replayed again and again in city after city.
As educators here at CPA, we see the impact of events like these on the social and emotional well-being of our entire community, both in our day-to-day lives but also, for the students of CPA, in their education here at Community of Peace. Anti-racist education is not only about raising our awareness of the systemic and institutionalized racism experienced by Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and all other people of color around the United States today, but it also recognizes that we must be purposeful in addressing racism and trauma.
When a system of hate and inequality has so much power and momentum, if you try to be neutral you will wind up supporting that system whether you like it or not. Doing nothing to fight racism is a form of consent for the racism that plagues our world today. And that’s why here at CPA we are not only dedicated to the idea of peace in our community, but also to justice and equity for every member of our community.
We know that peace is a product of justice.
We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy, taking care of your families, and fighting for justice and peace everyday.
David and entire staff at Community of Peace