To Our Community
Project YANO’s core mission has been to educate youth, especially low-income students and students of color, on the effects of militarism in our schools, our streets, and our country.
As protesters take to the street to call for justice for Black Lives Matter, we witness police dressed in riot gear brutalizing our communities. Protesters are not the problem and the police are not the solution. We cannot continue to equip the police with military-grade equipment. It leads to further police brutality. Bringing in the National Guard is not the answer, it only further antagonizes the situation, which leads to an escalation of violence, and is why we oppose militarism in communities.
We are well aware that there is a lot of pain as we mourn the murder of George Floyd and countless others. We want to see justice and progress in this world. We also know it starts with each and every one of us. Project YANO stands in solidarity with all those protesting white supremacy and state violence. We will continue to emphasize education and counter the influence of the military and militarism on our youth.
We are currently working on an analysis of JROTC textbooks, a program that has been utilized by the military as a recruitment tool in our high schools. In addition, we understand we have a stake in removing police from schools. Their presence normalizes criminalization of youth.
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With Peace and Love,