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ILA Issues Statement of Solidarity with Charlottesville

By Lara Deloza
 | Aug 14, 2017

Charlottesville StatementThe International Literacy Association (ILA) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Heather Heyer, who tragically lost her life this past weekend, and the dozens more who were injured in Charlottesville, Va.

We also mourn the loss of Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates and offer our condolences to their loved ones.

As a literacy organization, we rarely suffer from a lack of words, but in this instance, we find ourselves struggling.

For now, we will say this:

ILA stands with Charlottesville. We stand with those who have vowed to fight racism and xenophobia. We stand with those who denounce the violence fueled by both.

We are committed to providing resources to literacy educators across the globe to help them fight injustice from the classroom. And we will continue the conversations within the education community that demonstrate how literacy can enact social change.

We hope that you will join us in these efforts. 

Lara Deloza is the senior communications manager at ILA.

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