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Reading In Motion’s Statement of Solidarity Against Racial Injustice

June 1, 2020

We stand in solidarity – in sadness, in pain, in frustration – against the injustice of the murder of George Floyd, and countless others. We are heartbroken, angered, and mourning the lives lost to unjust and unnecessary violence against people of color.

Over 90% of our students are young people of color, and face institutionalized racism daily. Inequities within our education system directly affect students of color, and greatly influence their futures before they even have the chance to meet their classmates. We believe education and literacy are the foundations of future success, and through our early reading programs we work to ensure all students have the skills needed to reach their potential.

As an organization we may only interact with these students in the classroom, but as active members of the community, we understand these issues extend far, far beyond it. Issues such as police brutality, COVID-19, and others disproportionately affect black and brown communities, and the violence we’ve seen recently only accentuates the systemic inequality within our society as a whole.

Reading In Motion is committed to supporting our community as it heals and seeks justice, from both recent tragedies and the generations of trauma endured by people of color. We will continue to work, within our own organization and by advocating in our community, to dismantle these systems of oppression, to understand and acknowledge privilege, and to listen and learn.

At Reading In Motion, we believe in the power of words. Reading is a process of understanding, and an exercise in empathy. By reading the words of others, we are better able to learn perspectives and histories that differ from our own. In order to heal, we must first understand. And today, we encourage all in our community to do as we are: to seek out the perspectives of others, to listen to and amplify the voices of people of color, and stand with them in creating a more just society.

Below we’ve listed just a few of important resources right now, and there are many others available. We encourage you to share resources with us as well!

To get involved:

To have important conversations at home:

To continue to educate yourself:

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📢 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! 📢 Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! 🎟️HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

📢 LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! 📢 Help us kick off the new school year by entering our Cubs ticket raffle! Give to Reading In Motion by midnight tonight to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! 🎟️

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

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Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!

Show support for our innovative early literacy program *and* restock your greeting card supply! For the first time ever, you can order exclusive greeting cards featuring the art of a young reader in our program area of Chicago. Learn more & order now at the link in our bio!

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Donate for a chance to win!😊 We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

Donate for a chance to win!😊 We're kicking off the new school year with a raffle. Give to Reading In Motion between by 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

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We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. 📖 Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!

We're hiring! We're looking to add an Extra Dosage Instructor to our team to support our small-group literacy instruction in Chicago. 📖 Learn more and apply at the link in our bio!

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#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! 🎟️⚾🚌HOW TO ENTER👇
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveawayalert #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs
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#GIVEAWAY ALERT!
To celebrate the start of the school year, we're raffling off tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12! 🎟️⚾🚌

HOW TO ENTER👇
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the 9/2. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries! Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveawayalert #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs
#chicagocubs

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Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters--for our city's students, and its team!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Auxiliary Board's 8th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event last night! We had a blast, and we're so grateful to have such an incredible community of supporters–for our city's students, and its team!

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The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! 🍽️🧡
🎟️Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!

The Cubs Rooftop Event is tonight, so we're giving a shoutout to an incredible sponsor who makes this event possible: @8Hospitality and their restaurants @hvacpub in Wrigley and @hubbardinn in River North! 🍽️🧡
🎟️Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door to join us tonight!

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📣Come out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.⚾📚Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.

📣Come out to a ball game with Reading In Motion tonight! Join us at our Auxiliary Board's 8th annual Cubs Rooftop Event, a memorable evening of great baseball and great company, all supporting a great cause.⚾📚Get your tickets online at the link in our bio or at the door.

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We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.😊
🎟️Get & tickets now at the link in our bio!

We're giving a big shoutout to our Cubs Rooftop Event sponsor: Northwestern Mutual! Thank you for your support of our work and our students, especially during this last year of virtual learning.😊
🎟️Get & tickets now at the link in our bio!

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📣CUBS TICKET RAFFLE! ⚾Kick off the new school year by supporting young students! Purchase event tickets or donate to Reading In Motion between now (8/18) and 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveaway #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs

📣CUBS TICKET RAFFLE! ⚾Kick off the new school year by supporting young students! Purchase event tickets or donate to Reading In Motion between now (8/18) and 9/2 to be entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Cubs game: 2 tickets to the Cubs vs. Reds game on 9/7, or 4 tickets to the Cubs vs. Giants game on 9/12. Every donation (of any amount) gets one entry, but signing up as monthly donor with our Giving Library gets two entries!

HOW TO ENTER:
Make a donation at readinginmotion.org/donate by the deadline. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 9/3. Entrants may receive a maximum of 2 entires per person during the raffle period.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with the Chicago Cubs or Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.
#giveaway #raffle #donate #literacy #cubs #chicagocubs

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