Member Communication Re: Daunte Wright and Our Commitment to Justice
The following was sent in a communication to the MSCF membership.
"Three days ago Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. Left behind in the wreckage of this senseless tragedy is a 2 year old son who will grow up without his father, a mother and father who now must bury their own son, and a community still in pain from the loss of George Floyd, still demanding answers as to why this keeps happening. As MSCF, we share in this pain and frustration, and grieve the loss of yet another Black man at the hands of a police officer.
Because Daunte Wright could have been one of our students, because Daunte Wright could have been the child of one of our members, and because Daunte Wright's experience as a black man in America is shared by MSCF members in the BIPOC community, Daunte Wright's life and death matters to MSCF.
As a proud member of the labor movement, we are part of a broader struggle to ensure everyone, without exclusion, is able to live a life of dignity and respect, free from fear and threat of violence. The continued harm inflicted upon communities of color affects our classrooms, our workplaces, and our communities. MSCF will continue to be a part of dismantling structures that fail to value and respect all lives. The fact that solutions to a problem of this magnitude do not come easily or quickly will not dissuade us from continuing to try.
Several years ago the following resolution was adopted by the MSCF Delegate Assembly: The MSCF will continue to support members from underrepresented groups and will actively engage and organize around issues impacting members because of race, ethnicity, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical, and mental ability, and immigration status.
These words continue to call us to action and away from silence. We join with our fellow labor unions and community partners in demanding justice for Daunte Wright. We affirm our ongoing commitment to dismantling any structure, including racism, that divides us from each other. We encourage all MSCF members to make time and space within their chapters to discuss how we can continue to best translate our values into action."