April 20, 2021
Dear CLWS Community,
As our city and nation experience a collective out breath, we pause to acknowledge the tragic loss of the life of George Floyd that is at the center of the Chauvin trial. We also acknowledge the birth of a new hope that accompanies this historic verdict holding Chauvin accountable for his actions. We recognize the fragility of this hope.
As we take steps towards justice and equality for all people, we have a responsibility to continue to illuminate the many inequities in our current society. Today we consider both the power of a single individual to impact the world we live in — and the strength of the people in a democracy to facilitate meaningful change.
Tonight we hope to see peaceful gatherings across our city and a reduction in the heightened security presence. We invite you, to the degree possible, to pause and reflect, to experience gratitude and to further resolve to work towards racial justice and towards building a strong, compassionate and inclusive community and world.
We plan to reopen all programs on Thursday, April 22 and look forward to seeing you and your children Thursday morning.
Marti Stewart, Administrative Director
Pictured above: Black Lives Matter chalk mural, created by members of our Pride parent affinity group and their families.