MCWS Statement on Insurrection on Capitol Hill

January 8, 2021 

Dear MCWS Community Members, 

Maine Coast Waldorf School condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the violence and insurrection at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. We similarly condemn the incitement to violence and lies, told by elected leaders, that enabled and complemented the actions of this insurrectionist mob. 

We further acknowledge that this insurrection, and the wholly inadequate law enforcement response to it, leaves many feeling unsafe, and that this reality unmistakably falls disproportionately on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the United States. The insurrectionists flew confederate battle flags, white nationalist Celtic cross flags, and flags representing white nationalist 3%ers and Stormfront in the United States Capitol. They erected a gallows with a noose on the Capitol. And they entered the Capitol with plastic handcuffs with the intent to kidnap legislators. These racist, white supremacist actions, like the insurrection itself, are both wrong and hurtful and we condemn them in the strongest terms. Moreover, these actions are a display of the deep white supremacy of our culture: the contrast between the policing of these insurrectionists and that of protestors demanding racial justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd is clear evidence of the realities of unjust policing for BIPOC in the United States. 

The events of this week are a reminder of the importance and centrality of an antiracist, historically accurate education. MCWS will continue to promote racial equity, social justice, and a decolonial curriculum. And we will continue to identify and root out structural injustice, racist policies, and inequities in our school and in our communities. 

We feel even more grateful for our democratic institutions, as we recognize their fragility. A healthy, well-functioning democracy requires a citizenry educated for participatory democracy. MCWS is committed to educating the next generations of citizens, fostering in them “clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of resolve to make a difference in the world.” 

In solidarity, 

The Faculty and Board Committees on Equity and Inclusion 

Kelly Barham
Jill Fox
Cerridwen McQueen (co-chair FCEI)
Caitlin Pow
Karl Schatz
Cyrus Shahan
Sara Staples
Susan Stark (chair BCEI) Allyson West