The Schott Foundation is a Black-led national public fund serving as a bridge between philanthropic partners and education advocates to advance racial justice and to build a movement that provides all students an opportunity to learn. In response to these extraordinary times, Schott, in partnership with three national coalitions — the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, Dignity in Schools Campaign, and Journey for Justice Alliance — launched the Loving Communities Response Fund for Racial Justice to support community-led, grassroots education justice organizations responding to racial justice emergencies.
The Loving Communities Response Fund for Racial Justice deploys funding and technical support to communities to ensure that the people and organizations most impacted by an extraordinary moment have the capacity and support to lead in the transformative moment. Our participatory grantmaking process moves resources to the people and communities most in need. In March 2020, the fund supported youth and families directly impacted by school closings, lost wages, food insecurity, and facing homelessness as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Today, in this moment of dealing with the heartbreak of the senseless murders of George Flloyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, and many more at the hands of police, our student and parent partners are organizing to ensure the safety of Black youth from being traumatized, harassed and overpoliced in public schools. Schott has long supported these efforts — and this moment can be a tipping point if we escalate support for these organizing efforts.
Schott's rapid response fund is urgently deploying funds to Black- and Brown-led grassroots organizations on the ground to leverage this moment. Our partners on the ground are in immediate need of resources for massive outreach to mobilize their bases, engage growing numbers of allies, and influence policymakers. With this immediate investment, they will be able to move with full force to win major victories: remove police from schools, replace them with counselors, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and institute restorative justice practices in schools.
Every community in America has to take action to remove police from schools. You have an opportunity to support education justice organizers working to ensure children return to school with policing funds re-allocated to counselors, replacing punitive discipline approaches with proven restorative justice practices. These local student- and parent-led campaigns are the critical step to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.