Joint Statement

Joint Statement from Fife Public Schools, Fife Education Association, and Public Schools Employees-Fife Chapter
Posted on 06/03/2020

The Fife School District shares in the sadness and outrage regarding the events leading up to the death of George Floyd. As an organization, we have been aware of systemic racism.  We are aware of the role public institutions, such as schools, have played in systemic and institutionalized racism. We are aware of the long, painful history of injustice directed toward People of Color. We are keenly aware of our responsibility to all of our students, staff, and families to keep our schools safe.  Safe from racism. Safe from all prejudice and hatred.  

We also acknowledge the pain, anger and trauma that these events cause. We take seriously our responsibility to examine our own personal stories of privilege. And then, most importantly, to act in anti-racist ways, dismantling any and all vestiges of racism from our system. Because our system is a system based upon human beings, in service of children, we must and we will. 

We know we have much to learn as we confront racism and injustice every day. As a learning organization, we commit to listen, understand and take action on behalf of all our Students and Families of Color across our district and beyond. 

We take to heart the words of Angela Davis, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”

Kevin Alfano
Fife Public Schools

Kendra Danielson
Fife Education Association

Teresa Diessner & Tim Barnett
Public School Employees of Washington - Fife Chapter
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