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CPI’S STATEMENT AFFIRMING THE POWER OF INCLUSION IN TODAY’S CLIMATE
As an educational organization, the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI) feels compelled to express, in no uncertain terms, our stance on the climate of increasing division in our country. As expressed through our ongoing work in both public and private schools, CPI believes strongly in inclusivity and in the power of love, and in the celebration of diversity among people. We believe that during times of conflict people transcend differences through engagement with “the other” and a through a willingness to grapple with the infinite complexity which makes America unique. As educators, we must continue to bravely confront hatred and bigotry; we must teach love and compassion while modeling relentless positivity. Building physical or metaphorical walls that divide and marginalize people based on their religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, their political parties, their genders, their sexual orientation, or other real or perceived characteristics, leads to isolation, fear, intolerance, and weakness. Given our collective history of direct lineage to immigrants and refugees, we understand that the very fabric of our society is woven from multicolored threads, each one a story of seeking refuge in a hopeful, compassionate place. We must pull together to find a common purpose as we forge a future that works for all people.
In a climate where division has been stoked under the guise of safety, we believe in a different approach. Safety and respect will flourish in a country with just laws that reflect honorable values and that preserve the integrity of human individuality … and of our infinite connectedness. As educators – and the founders of CPI – we commit our hearts, our energy, the work of our minds and of our hands to the promotion of a smarter, kinder world.
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