A Statement On the Removal of Board Member Joél-Léhi Organista

The Education for Liberation Network is unwavering in our insistence that all children and youth  be safe from all forms of harm. Our work remains steadfastly focused on fighting for a world in which every young person is guaranteed the right to live free of any assaults to their physical and emotional well-being. As an organization, we demand that all children — both inside and outside of schools — be supported to flourish as full human beings, to be joyful and healthy, and for young people themselves to join us in this demand on behalf of themselves and each other.

We are sitting with and processing the recent arrest of Joél-Léhi Organista, who served as a board member of the Education for Liberation Network. We are checking in with our community and holding each other as we work with what we know, and what we don’t know. Our hearts and souls are heavy for and with everyone impacted. Organizationally, Joél-Léhi has been removed from the Education for Liberation Network national board and will not be involved in the upcoming Free Minds Free People conference.

Here are some resources that can be helpful if this news raises up an experience or history of harms for you:

We will update our own network community as needed, but the Education for Liberation Network has no further statement at this time.