Superintendent Guerrero on the Horrific Violence Against Our Asian and Pacific Islander Community Members3/19/2021
I am devastated over the senseless acts of violence and hate toward the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Georgia, throughout the country and in our own community in Portland. As the Superintendent of the largest school system in Oregon, I strongly denounce this violence against our Asian and Pacific Islander community members. I am disheartened by the failure of recognition of our shared humanity. We hold the people and families impacted by these tragedies close to our hearts.
Our district and our lives are enriched and strengthened by the presence and contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We stand in solidarity and support of those who work everyday to stop violence against them. I am committed to moving beyond statements of condemnation and toward harnessing the full power of our collective will to name and fight hate speech and violence in our district.
Below are several resources that are available as we work together to create the conditions at PPS so that every student, particularly those students furthest away from justice, feel a strong sense of belonging, a connection to caring adults, and receive the support needed so they are prepared to lead a more socially just world.
The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.
APANO Condemns Anti-Asian Hate and Bias
Jamie Suehiro, AVID TOSA in the College and Career Readiness Department and Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School Asian Desi Pacific Islander Student Union Advisor, developed this compelling resource for educators:
On Anti-Asian Hate Resource
As a reminder if you, students, parents or community experience hate speech in your school community, we have a set of hate speech protocols we want folks to follow:
PPS Hate Speech Protocols