The Embudo Valley Tutoring Association stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
(BIPOC) in our communities and across the nation that are fighting for the end of systemic racism and
police brutality. It is time for this nation to confront its foundational reliance on the oppression and
exploitation of BIPOC and the poor for the profit of others. We support the values and work being done
by the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM), as well as the American Indian Movement (AIM). We
recognize that racism is a powerful tool to dehumanize and disempower BIPOC throughout our nations
communities and policies, including our educational system. From our foundation, EVTA’s purpose is to
provide student-centered educational support to local Rio Arriba and Taos county rural students who
must overcome various social inequities and learning exceptionalities that greatly impact their
education and economic success as well as their overall well-being and ability to thrive. EVTA is
committed to doing our part in being advocates for all of our students, families and schools that we
serve. This commitment includes engaging in consistent education, training and awareness of how to
combat the racism and other oppressive ideas that embed themselves into the local policies,
curriculums, practices and belief systems found in our communities. EVTA will not be a passive
bystander to the pain and injustice that racism causes our students, but be an active change maker in
the effort to support BIPOC. Our communities deserve to have their differences recognized, honored,
understood and championed in order to truly celebrate the unique cultures of New Mexico.
Thank you to board member Alexis Laube Manigault for being the primary author of the statement and thank you to the other board members for their contributions and UNANIMOUS approval!
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