We are heartsick and devastated by the recent killings in Atlanta which targeted Asian American women and left 8 people dead in all. We want to express our solidarity with the members of the Asian community that are here with us at HMS, in Ulster county, and around the world. For all those who are most impacted by this horrible violence please know we are here and we want to show up with you, together as a community.

Social justice and belonging have been core values of High Meadow since its inception, and have increased in depth and intention through our burgeoning anti-racism and DEI work. We view these principles as paramount to our mission and are striving to implement them throughout our school’s culture, curriculum and community. We recognize that the work that has been ongoing in our classrooms and among the staff has to become more visible. We can not remain silent in our communications with the wider community.

This devastating attack lies at the intersection of racism and misogyny and is nested in the long legacy of racism toward people of Asian descent in the U.S., exemplified in federal policy such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment camps and U.S. militarization in the Pacific. In this past year, COVID 19 racism has led to a huge spike in hate crimes against Asian Immigrant and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities; 3,800 hate crimes have been reported since the start of the Pandemic, and 70% of them have targeted Asian women. Our history of colonization and slavery still manifests in systemic violence producing individual acts of brutality. This must end.

We continue to build a multi-racial community where we all love, protect, and defend each other. A community where no one is left to sit alone with their fear, and where everyone has the freedom to thrive. We are building an HMS where our voices rise together, where we are united and all say no to racism and hate, together we will keep building our strength as a community that stands with each other and for each other.

It will take all of us to stop the violence and move our world toward justice. Together we say, No More. Never Again. We commit to working for racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school community, in our nation, and in our world.

We are so grateful to our community for sharing this commitment to lead with love and kindness for all its members. We will do everything in our power to continue to ensure that all of our students and families feel seen, heard, and safe during this difficult time.

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In Love and Solidarity,

The High Meadow Administration
HMS Parents for Racial Justice