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Tue Oct 20, 2020, 05:35 AM

Oregon Board of Education votes to stand with 'Black Lives Matter' movement

Oregon’s State Board of Education took a stand in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement Thursday by approving a resolution that acknowledged “institutional and structural racism” in Oregon and called for support for people of color, particularly Black students and their families.

It reflects sentiments expressed in a letter jointly signed by the most powerful education organizations in the state, including the unions Oregon Education Association and Oregon School Employees Association, the Oregon School Boards Association representing board members, as well as the Oregon School Activities Association, which regulates competitive athletics in the state.

The resolution pointed to the state’s racist history but also present-day disparities.

“An undeniable series of tragic events and crises have unfolded in Oregon and around the U.S., including the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, and violence driven by systemic racism that have stacked harm upon harm against Black, Indigenous, Native American, people of color, tribal communities, and tribal governments,” the resolution said.

Read more: https://www.klcc.org/post/oregon-board-education-votes-stand-black-lives-matter-movement

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