Say education driven by sense of hope but injustices against blacks steal lives and dreams

Washington, D.C. – 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now today released statements on the case of Eric Garner from CEO Marc Porter Magee and President Vallay Varro.

50CAN CEO Marc Porter Magee: “Like many Americans, I was stunned and saddened by the news that a Staten Island grand jury would not bring charges against the police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner. Education is driven forward by a sense of hope. As advocates for great education, and citizens of this country, we can’t afford to close our eyes to the many injustices faced every day by African Americans that take lives and steal dreams both inside—and outside—of our schools. We stand shoulder to shoulder with those who are working to reform a criminal justice system that has failed so many African American people for so long.”

50CAN President Vallay Varro: “As an education reform movement devoted to helping children reach their full potential, we need to be relentless about confronting and overcoming injustice not only in our schools but also on our streets. The death of the unarmed Eric Garner at the hands of someone tasked with protecting the lives of our citizens is a terrible and unnecessary tragedy; one that is, it seems, all too common in America today. We stand with the peaceful protestors who are determined to shut down the complacency that has allowed these systemic injustices to go unchallenged in too many communities across our country.”

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50CAN’s Leadership Team consists of CEO & Founder Marc Porter Magee, President Vallay Varro, Executive Vice President Derrell Bradford and Chief Financial Officer Chris Tessone.


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