Supporting Students, Families, and Communities facing Racism and Hate

League of Education Voters is committed to taking action and rejecting any form of racism or hate against students, families, and communities. We support the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and communities of color across Washington state and everywhere.

To dig deeper, we are presenting a free webinar on April 8 at 12:30 pm in which we are assembling a statewide panel of students, educators, parents, community-based counselors (we are working with Asian Counseling and Referral Service), and school principals to discuss the impacts of racially-motivated violence and how schools can best support students on a daily basis. Click here to register.

Also, the Southern Poverty Law Center created a useful resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. The Southern Poverty Law Center's guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in our communities.

In other news, we are in the final month of this historic 2021 virtual legislative session, and League of Education Voters (LEV) continues to advocate for students. Read our detailed 2021 Legislative Priorities. You can also follow the bills we are watching in our Bill Tracker, and if you have questions about the state legislative process, visit our Washington Legislature 101 FAQ.

Read more about our work below.


Virtual Event: Restorative Justice in Schools

In this Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 pm, we will discuss restorative justice in schools, focusing on a healing approach to student behavior versus a penal approach. Eric Holzapfel, our Director of Field and Community Engagement, and panelists will discuss what brought them to the work, what their programs do, their philosophy, and where they can be found. They will also discuss ways to expand these programs throughout Washington state and answer your questions.

Featured Participants (from top left): Toyia Taylor (Executive Director and Founder – WeAPP), Sean Goode (Executive Director – Choose 180), Saroeum Phoung (Executive Director – Peacemaking Academy), Dion Schell (Director of Education – Community Passageways). This event will have closed captions and Spanish interpretation available.


LEVinar: The Role of K-12 Schools in Addressing Racially-Motivated Violence

From the murder of George Floyd to the marked increase in attacks on members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community, we are continuing to see disturbing examples of racially-motivated violence in the news. These incidents are impacting students in multiple ways, but how should K-12 schools respond?

In our free webinar Thursday, April 8 at 12:30 pm, we have assembled a statewide panel of students, educators, a parent, a community-based counselor, and a school principal to discuss the impacts of racially-motivated violence and how schools can best support students on a daily basis. This webinar will be presented with closed captions and Spanish interpretation available.


Action Alert: Support Growing Community and School District Partnerships to Meet the Social-Emotional Needs of Students

Tell all members of the state Senate to support growing community and school district partnerships to meet the social-emotional needs of students impacted by the COVID pandemic by passing House Bill 1208. We've made it easy - all you have to do is click the Take Action button. We've created a sample message for you, and you're welcome to edit however you wish.


LEVinar Recordings and Recap: Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and Principals from across WA

In case you missed this week's LEVinar with State Superintendent Reykdal on state testing and last week's LEVinar with an inspiring panel of principals from across Washington state on how they would re-imagine education based on what they have learned during this historic and challenging school year, you can watch the recordings and read a recap.

WA state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal on State Assessments in the 2020-21 School Year recording

Principals from across WA on Education in the Time of COVID recap and recording


Washington Game Changers Podcast – Sean Goode of Choose 180

Washington Game Changers with League of Education Voters CEO Lauri Hennessey features leaders who give back to our community, drive innovative solutions, and inspire others in making our state more equitable and just. This podcast is a one-on-one conversation with these powerful leaders in a time when we need to hear about more good in the world. In this episode, Lauri speaks with Sean Goode of Choose 180 about how they truly make a difference in the lives of kids and give an alternative to what many call the “school-to-prison pipeline,” particularly for kids of color.


Arik Korman
Communications Director, League of Education Voters

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