Ana F. Ponce Statement

As an immigrant mother to a Black boy who will grow up to be a Black man in America, I am heartbroken and outraged at the blatant anti-Black racism entrenched in our society.  We at GPSN know that many of the families we serve experience racial injustices as a result of systemic racism and violence from law enforcement. We know that these tragedies are part of centuries of oppression that has robbed Black people of the chance at equality and justice.

We as a society must all do better, and we need to make our community and country better by standing together against anti-Black racism (or standing with and behind the Black community). It is time for us to reflect and learn how to be effective allies demanding racial justice in our communities and our country. I am listening and growing as an ally and mother committed to a different tomorrow for my son and all Black children in Los Angeles.  

GPSN stands in solidarity with Black communities, and we will continue to focus on educational equity as a foundational right for every Black youth and Black family. We pledge to assess ourselves to improve our own practices, as well as to work with all our partners to create a better public school system and society. 

-Ana F. Ponce

Executive Director, Great Public Schools Now