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It’s Time to Think Beyond the Status Quo

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June 5, 2020

Dear Friends of Alignment Rockford,

The death of George Floyd has put a national spotlight on the issue of racism and systemic violence at a scale not seen in recent memory. That spotlight also shines on our own community.

Our team had a conversation about the Rockford community and how we can enhance our own work to help redevelop and rebuild a system that is inclusive, removes barriers and is intentional in making positive – and permanent – change.

At Alignment Rockford, we will not be satisfied with the status quo and realize our work is now more important than ever. We will have conversations that address mindsets and systems change. We will work harder to remove barriers and help marginalized students realize they too can achieve success (and we will help them achieve the success they deserve).

No one person or organization can do this alone. We all must work together. Please consider:

  • Talking to your children and your colleagues. It’s okay to have conversations around race and how it’s impacting our own community. How can we change mindsets to better understand and support one another?
  • Voting at every level of government and holding your government officials accountable. There must be more intentionality in supporting marginalized individuals and families.
  • Asking, “How are you doing?”, to your black family and friends. Silence can speak volumes, so check in on those you know to make sure they are doing okay. Let them know you are there to support and help make change. As Martin Luther King Jr. told us, “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Alignment Rockford will continue to work diligently and in the best interest of our community’s youngest residents. Let’s be there for each other, lift one another and make positive and permanent change.

With appreciation for you and for all,

Anisha Grimmett
Executive Director
Alignment Rockford

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