WHAT WE DEMANDED WHAT YOU CO-OPTED
SAIC Admin : What happened to George Floyd was wrong. We take a stand against racism. We’re here to listen. What can SAIC be doing?
BIPOC Staff at SAIC : We need time to mourn. Can we be given time to mourn without requiring the use of PTO?
We Refuse : SAIC Admin upholds white supremacy culture through the erasure of BIPOC labor, which further normalizes widespread precarity among the majority of SAIC employees.
SAIC Admin : No. We can’t apportion benefits based on race. Staff will need to use PTO or talk to HR about bereavement leave options. Besides that, what else would you recommend?
BIPOC Staff reactions : This is not a personal issue that would require staff to use their limited PTO. You asked how to support, but dismiss a basic ask like time off for mourning. If BIPOC can’t mourn based on the felt impacts of racism, then call it a “schoolwide day of mourning.” [actual curse word]
We Refuse : SAIC Admin hides behind white supremacist legal priorities to sabotage BIPOC community leadership and escape accountability for upholding a white supremacy culture. SAIC Admin lacks the imagination and creativity required for competent leadership.
We Refuse : BIPOC staff are forced to accept that their interests are never prioritized in policy-making. SAIC Admin and the decisions of its legal team protect white supremacy culture.
SAIC Admin : Let’s announce a Schoolwide Day of Mourning!
#WeRefuse your day of mourning.
Admin is a monument to white supremacy. We do not accept .