WABE Statement on Racial Injustice and Equity

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The mission of the Washington Association for Bilingual Education is to advocate for inclusive instruction that promotes multilingual education in culturally responsive settings.

In keeping with that mission, WABE condemns interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism and violence of any kind against Black people and all People of Color. WABE promotes equity in access to high quality education for all students, and values the funds of knowledge that each family brings. We commit to reflecting on our complicity in systemic racism and to work toward equitable outcomes for students of color. Racism in any form is abhorrent and must end if we are to truly create culturally responsive settings in our schools, communities, country, and the world at large.

WABE will continue to support and promote programs and speakers who bring light and learning to the long history of systemic racism, discrimination, and exclusion in the United States. We will advocate and work for equitable education and a conclusive end to racism.

David Irwin, President, on behalf of the WABE Board of Directors

WABE Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)   

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The mission of the Washington Association for Bilingual Education is to advocate for inclusive instruction that promotes multilingual education in culturally responsive settings.

WABE stands with all recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will decide soon on whether to allow the current law enacted by President Obama in 2012 to stand. It allows children of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at age 17 or younger and have lived continuously in the U.S. for at least four years prior to the bill’s enactment to receive conditional permanent resident status valid for up to eight years, protects them from deportation, allows them to work legally in the U.S., and permits them to travel outside the country.

In order to support bilingual education, WABE encourages the Supreme Court to rule DACA to be constitutional. DACA recipients who are educators are crucial to WABE’s mission.

David Irwin, President, on behalf of the WABE Board of Directors