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MARCH 29, 2021

Dear SMFCSD Community Members,

In light of the recent hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including last week’s horrific violence in Atlanta, we, the Sanctuary Task Force, want to connect with you, as we stand together to denounce hatred and racism towards the AAPI Community. 

We stand in solidarity with the Asian and Asian-American community, as we work toward justice for all communities who have been marginalized. 

Eighteen percent of SMFCSD educators and roughly thirty percent of our student community are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. As members of the Sanctuary Task Force, we center our work on ensuring that all members of our community feel safe, supported and celebrated in SMFCSD schools. Now and always, it is our responsibility to uplift and center the voices, experiences, and perspectives of our AAPI community members. 

Creating Sanctuary in our community involves addressing and disrupting hate and microaggressions that AAPI community members are experiencing. 

Additionally, we would like to forward resources collected by Wini McMichael, SMFSCD Coordinator of Wellness and Counseling:

We are grateful for this community and its commitment to inclusion and justice, and we will continue our urgent and important work of building Sanctuary in our District.  

In Solidarity,
Sanctuary Task Force Members 

Statement available in .pdf (English | Spanish)