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Amid polarization and protests that echo eerily today, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called out war, poverty, and racism as interrelated forms of violence. He claimed “an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” As we witness evictions, unemployment, illness, and death, the COVID-19 crisis has profoundly exposed the need for restructuring our social systems, especially our schools.
As agents of the state, what can educators do to restructure the edifice of our institutions? Theoretically, one of the defining features of the modern nation-state is its monopoly on administering violence and justice. If “justice is what love looks like in public” what would it mean for state institutions to embrace the “beloved community” as their defining feature?
Love is core to the “Bellingham Promise” and the Bellingham Public School’s belief that diversity enhances a strong and healthy community. To build a stronger healthier community, this session invites local educators to connect, reflect, and organize.