Sign the Thank You Card to School Board Member Lucia Baez-Geller

While we're disappointed in the Miami-Dade School Board for voting down a simple resolution to recognize October as LGBTQ History month in Miami-Dade public schools, and to teach 12th-graders about the rights that LGBTQ people have won in two landmark Supreme Court cases, we want to recognize one champion who stood strong for our community.

School Board Member Lucia Baez-Geller introduced the resolution and shepherded it through the process in the face of outrageous, bigoted attacks and hateful rhetoric.

While we're sad that this resolution, which was passed nearly unanimously just a year ago, failed this time, we want to thank Lucia for being a fierce ally and champion for our community.

Please take a moment to sign the thank you card to her below:

 

Dear Lucia,

After eight hours of debate and public testimony, the Miami-Dade County School Board voted not to recognize October as LGBTQ History Month.  In stark contrast to the near-unanimous decision in 2021, bigotry, fear, and hateful rhetoric hijacked the debate.  Although September 7, 2022 didn't end the way we'd hoped, we are so thankful for your courage, your compassion, and your leadership.

Despite the School Board's legal counsel determining that H-11 was in compliance with the Parental Rights in Education Law, the harmful "Don't Say LGBT" Law, and employed opt-out measures for parents through district regulations, agitators preached hate disguised as righteousness and lies disguised as liberty.  Through intimidation efforts by groups that included the Proud Boys, individuals poisoned the debate and betrayed not only our community, but our students.  What you tried to do was not only consistent with justice and progress, but it was also what the vast majority of our children wanted for each other.  In fact, this was eloquently confirmed by Andrea S. Pita Mendez, the MDCPS Student Advisor, who said that, "...[the students] are the ones in the classroom with our teachers every day.  For our friends and our classmates, we want this proposal to pass."  

Despite the outcome, we still have faith that, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice".  We still believe that hope can be found, even in the darkest of places, and though takes many forms, yesterday, it was through you.

Most importantly, as a mom, we know that you always put our children first. As an English teacher who mentored our students, we want to leave you with these words from Maya Angelou:

"You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise."

We know that you'll rise -- that we'll rise together -- and believe that despite the outcome, compassion and understanding will win in the end.

Thank you!

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Linda Kolko
Jennifer Arias
Patrick Breshike
Christine Olivo
Jack Lord
Maria Thorne
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Blanca Machado
Samuel Pollock
David Geller
May Márquez
Steven Hawes
Taima Hervas
Dalila Aguilar, MD
Gabriel Gonzalez
Indira Dejtiar
Ramon Bello
Elizabeth Warner
Jane Moscowitz
Nikola Patterson Molina
Joshua Shemtov
Martha Schoolman
Bill Warren
Sara McDevitt
Samantha Duran
Cliff O'Neill
Pauline Green
María Elena López
Nucleus Shelton
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  • Linda Kolko
    signed 2022-09-08 18:24:08 -0400
    Thanks for your courage. Never give up!
  • Jennifer Arias
    signed 2022-09-08 18:14:33 -0400
    Thank you for your bravery
  • Patrick Breshike
    signed 2022-09-08 18:11:04 -0400
    Thank you for fighting against bigotry
  • Christine Olivo
    signed 2022-09-08 18:03:46 -0400
  • Jack Lord
    signed 2022-09-08 17:46:01 -0400
    Thank you for being the sole brave voice!
  • Maria Thorne
    signed 2022-09-08 17:39:18 -0400
    Thank you for fighting for equal rights
  • Maria Corina Vegas
    signed 2022-09-08 17:33:01 -0400
  • Blanca Machado
    signed 2022-09-08 17:12:27 -0400
  • Samuel Pollock
    signed 2022-09-08 16:59:10 -0400
  • David Geller
    signed 2022-09-08 16:35:07 -0400
  • May Márquez
    signed 2022-09-08 16:22:33 -0400
    It was a pleasure talking to you at the meeting. Thank you for being a champion for all of us, even in the face of hate and bigotry💖
  • Steven Hawes
    signed 2022-09-08 16:17:10 -0400
    Your bravery in pursuit of what is right is an inspiration.
  • Taima Hervas
    signed 2022-09-08 14:56:23 -0400
  • Dalila Aguilar, MD
    signed 2022-09-08 14:45:52 -0400
    Thank you for standing up for our LGBTQ+ community. Sending you lots of love!
  • Gabriel Gonzalez
    signed 2022-09-08 14:35:28 -0400
  • Indira Dejtiar
    signed 2022-09-08 14:29:18 -0400
  • Ramon Bello
    signed 2022-09-08 14:29:17 -0400
  • Elizabeth Warner
    signed 2022-09-08 14:09:04 -0400
    Thank you for your bravery and clear, intelligent presentation to the board. Count on us for full support
  • Jane Moscowitz
    signed 2022-09-08 14:02:16 -0400
  • Nikola Patterson Molina
    signed 2022-09-08 13:40:18 -0400
  • Joshua Shemtov
    signed 2022-09-08 13:39:10 -0400
    heartfelt thanks for going the extra mile so that all kids will feel welcome m school while supporting evironment in which all can lear from each other and thrive
  • Martha Schoolman
    signed 2022-09-08 13:35:23 -0400
  • Bill Warren
    signed 2022-09-08 13:32:03 -0400
    Thanks for your leadership, support and courage. You are appreciated!
  • Sara McDevitt
    signed 2022-09-08 13:30:03 -0400
  • Samantha Duran
    signed 2022-09-08 13:24:49 -0400
    Thank you so much for your unwavering support. We need more people like you in this world, you make it a better and safer place for ALL students!
  • Cliff O'Neill
    signed 2022-09-08 13:21:50 -0400
  • Pauline Green
    signed 2022-09-08 13:18:31 -0400
  • María Elena López
    signed 2022-09-08 13:18:01 -0400
  • Nucleus Shelton
    signed 2022-09-08 13:15:54 -0400
  • Wesley Chau
    signed 2022-09-08 13:14:21 -0400