In a fairly stunning press release, Seattle Schools appears to have a a group that appears to be using a department as their mouthpiece and urging the defunding of police.
October 14 is George Floyd’s birthday and Justice for George Day/#TeachTruth. Justice for George is a day to remember him and call for funds to be directed towards social programs and education.
Now, I know what you are thinking - Melissa, where does it say "defund the police?" True, just calling for funds to be directed towards social programs and education doesn't necessarily mean defund the police. But what funds are they talking about and where are they currently directed?
Meanwhile, over on the district's Facebook page, the message there DID call for defunding the police. (This was up last night and has since been taken down but too late; got a screenshot, SPS.) It said (bold mine):
Oct. 14 is George Floyd's birthday, and in his honor, we recognize Justice for George Day and #TeachTruth. Justice for George is a day to remember him and all those impacted by police violence. It is a call for the defunding of the police and the redirecting of those funds towards social programs and education. We will teach the truth about structural racism and other forms of oppression, regardless of dubious bills that attack anti-racist education and the humanizing experience that is #TeachTruth and #BlackLivesMatter.Learn more about our Department of Liberatory Education on our website.
The press release also speaks of this "department" which is really the Department of Racial Equity Advancement - DREA. It is headed by Manal Al-ansi who was one of two black women to be "harassed, intimidated and bullied" by President Chandra Hampson and Director Zachary DeWolf. Hmmm.