A Statement from the LEA Board of Directors

A mission of our Association is that we advocate for human, civil, and economic rights for all persons.  We believe there is no place for hate, and we denounce racist violence.  We stand strongly in support of the pursuit of justice for George Floyd and his family, and for all victims of racist hate and violence.  We are committed to racial and social justice and to using our voices to speak out and to commit our own learning to a deeper understanding of and lasting commitment to being actively anti-racist and to combat bigotry and intolerance in all its forms.

“To the youth of today, I also have a wish to make: be the

 scriptwriters of your destiny and feature yourselves as stars that

 showed the way towards a brighter future.” –Nelson Mandela

Our youth are indeed showing us the way.  The Lincoln Education Association Board of Directors stands in support of and in recognition of our young leaders in Lincoln, and we offer our applause and appreciation for their leadership.  Over the past several days, it is our youth who have stepped in and stepped up to organize and mobilize and to use their voices, providing an example that we all should follow.  We support these courageous youth leaders and promise to stand with them.  As teachers, we learn from our students every day; now, our entire community can and should learn from these leaders.  Listen to their voices and follow their lead.  We’ve dedicated our careers to our youth; now we can use our voices to echo theirs, and to renew our commitment to making sure their world can indeed be one that is without hate, and is a world where racism is not overlooked, swept aside, or enabled, but denounced loudly in all its forms with policies and actions that speak as loudly as words.