HAMILTON, NJ -- A group of local residents are urging Township parents to sign a petition asking the Hamilton Township School District "to affirm their stance as an anti-racist institution and to reconsider how it’s policies."
In the petition addressed to Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco, the School District is urged "to ensure there is a safe learning environment for every student."
It further encourages the District to offer "resources for both education and traumatized individuals" and commit to "reconsidering how it’s policies, curriculums and staff can be updated to meet this significant moment.
"Conversations about race profoundly affect our student’s lives, and they have power to influence our society’s collective strength. I ask you to please take time to continually educate students, staff, and faculty on these matters, ask questions and take action," urges the petition.
Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, who is a leader of the petition drive, told TAPinto Hamilton.Robbinsville that the letter is derived from a template provided by academic, author and activist Rachel Cargle and The Great Unlearn, "to show our solidarity with the movement for racial justice."
"Racism is systemic; therefore, academic institutions as well as other institutions across the country, have a responsibility to examine and change the ways in which they either actively or passively contribute to racist systems," added Barnack-Tavarlis. "We care about our community and want to build an anti-racist future. Holding our schools and other institutions accountable for being actively involved in this movement is one way in which we can work toward racial justice.
Barnack-Tavarlis said the group is open for all in Hamilton to "show the solidarity that exists across the community."
Hamiltonians can sign and submit the petition before June 15. A copy of the petition can be found HERE.
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