charlottesville.

the other day, someone in my feed shared something that said, and I'm paraphrasing here: if you ever wondered what you would have done during the civil rights movement--you're doing it. 

I will carry this with me. 

in preparing to start another school year, I am reminded just how important it is to work with youth. and what a gift and honor it is. 

now more than ever we must be committed to teaching the truth: teaching from a truthful place, teaching that which is true, teaching our students to recognize and reflect on their truths. 
and we must talk about privilege and power and freedom and those who are not free and never have been and those who steal freedom from others, and those who fight for it for themselves and for those who have been robbed. 

and we must talk about bias and identity and fear and safety and what it means to listen and we must talk about compassion and peace. 

and peace. 

and about how without acknowledgment and ownership and reflection and listening and love we will never be able to fix that which is broken. and always has been. and continues to be. 

and we must talk about right and wrong. and about rising up strong, together. 

no one left behind. 

and we must talk about the good. 

and what it takes to be it. 

for ourselves and for others.

Amiee Peri