On Gun Violence

If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice bell hooks The proliferation of gun culture and violence in the United States of America has exacted a devastating toll on our students, families, and communities. Gun culture, which contributes to the second leading cause of death in children and teens,1 has pulled us into perpetual grief, leaving us …

Concerning the Repeal of Roe v. Wade

Cami King, Director of Advocacy & Training The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full measure. John 10:10 The decision by SCOTUS to repeal Roe v. Wade and, in effect, remove abortion access for many people around the country weighs heavy on our hearts today. …

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Lament: The Practice of Expressing Grief

Lament is what happens when people ask, “Why?” and don’t get an answer. It’s where we get to when we move beyond our self-centered worry about our sins and failings and look more broadly at the suffering of the world. N.T. Wright Grief is our uniquely individual, yet profoundly collective, heartbreak in response to communal wounds. Lament, at its essence, …

Lament: Taking Space to Grieve

Lament is the sacred speech that names the deep heart ache and pain experienced on a personal, familial, communal, local, state, federal, and global level. Lament expresses our concrete yet mysterious grief. Cherly Kirk-Duggan In light of recent events in Uvalde Texas, we at The Expectations Project want to offer a word on grief. As we hear from our advocates, …

No Civil Rights for YOU

Our work at The Expectations Project is closely knit to the broader work of civil rights in America. The conditions of public schools are intimately tied to racial equity and justice. In light of this, Zakiya Jackson, our Vice President of Training & Resources, offers her reflections on several pressing civil rights matters and how they are related to our …

Wow. Wait. What?! — Personal Reflection on COVID-19, Educational Equity and Trauma

This blog post is part of a special series on COVID-19 and Educational Equity featuring the perspectives of advocates, partners and team members who belong to The Expectations Project family. This reflection is authored by Zakiya Jackson, our VP of Training and Resources. “Wow. Wait. What?!”  For me, those three words have encapsulated much of what I’ve seen, heard and …

President Trump’s Budget Doesn’t Reflect My Values – Guest Post

The recent release of President Trump’s 2018 budget set off a social media firestorm. While the budget proposal is not a legally binding document, it does function as a blueprint of sorts, one that signals the President’s priorities, values, and vision for America. As a former teacher serving at a public school where many of my students were from already …

What Betsy DeVos left out of her HBCU statement (and why it should matter to people of faith)

In a statement yesterday celebrating the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to acknowledge historical context that gave rise to them: legalized racial discrimination in the Jim Crow south. Though she later admitted the error, the initial omission is still concerning. We believe it is important to highlight both the history and current …