If One Falls, We All Fall
DCP stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. DCP stands in solidarity with our African-American students and families whom we are here to serve. DCP stands in solidarity with our African-American staff whom we respect and value for their leadership and commitment to DCP’s mission.
Now more than ever, the horrific and devastating impacts of racism are obvious for all to see. African-American children, teens, women and men have been killed at the hands of civilians and police officers, often without redress by our legal system. Racism has persisted, in large part, because white communities have not mobilized their power and resources to disrupt inequitable systems rooted in white supremacist culture.
DCP exists to undo the historical inequities in public education that have prevented students of color from realizing social, economic, and political capital, including a college education. As an institution, DCP is committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion where all people, regardless of race, can fully participate in our education systems, economy and society. We are committed to using our resources and assets to build a more just and anti-racist education system where all youth and families can thrive.
“One fall”, Isang Bagsak, is a Tagalog phrase that closes the unity clap, a symbol of inter-cultural alliance in the pursuit of justice originating from the United Farm Workers’ and the Filipino Farm Workers’ movement. DCP has a 20-year history of opening and closing staff and community gatherings with the unity clap, representing solidarity with allies in common struggle. Every day DCP lends our voice, joining the chorus of charter school and education leaders across the US, to renounce racism and white supremacist culture.
Today, we shout loudly and for all to hear,
"We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter."
Jennifer Andaluz, Co-founder and Executive Director