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National organization to host event to help educators heal

A national organization is traveling to Gateway City on Friday to discuss recent violence seen in schools and to help local educators heal, reminisce and also discuss issues they feel are important to ongoing issues. seen with mass school shootings.

Laredo Educators: Gather, Heal, Organize is run and run by National Hispanic Organization Mijente and will be held at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Education Center from 5-7 p.m. The event is designed as a space that will help educators connect, process and grieve together, especially the most recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which left 21 people dead, including two teachers and 19 children.


“In collaboration with educators and education workers in Laredo and the Latinx Therapy Network, this event aims to share resources and tools for dealing with violence and trauma; especially given recent events in Uvalde and school shootings,” said Tania Unzueta, national political director and co-founder of Mijente. “We also hope this is a space where educators can connect and discuss short and long-term solutions to improve the health and safety of our children, schools and communities.”

According to Unzueta, the event’s health session will be led by Latinx Therapy Network member Dr. Vanessa M. Perry, assistant professor of practice in the University of Arizona counseling program. The meeting will also include facilitation by Unzueta.

“Dr. Perry has served as a rehabilitation counselor, disability rights advocate, military social service supporter, and clinical mental health counselor,” Unzueta said.

Perry is also expected to delve a little deeper into the trauma and psychological strain that the ongoing instances of shooting and school violence continue to have on teachers.

“Part of the purpose of Friday’s meeting is to determine what local educators want to address, whether in their own schools, districts, and cities,” Unzueta said. “We hope we can help them find the best solutions to the problems they face. We also pay attention to state policy.

According to Unzueta, political issues will also be discussed and ongoing discussions with stakeholders in the city of Laredo and surrounding areas indicate that the state government is the one pushing policies that are not supportive of the causes that they deem important to prevent the next mass shooting. in a school.

“Based on conversations we’ve had with local leaders in Laredo, San Antonio, and RGV, one of the people most responsible for creating the policies responsible for the increased violence and lack of resources in our schools is (Texas) Gov. Abbott,” Unzueta said. “Instead of having a state that invests in teachers, communities, and schools, Abbott is spending resources on violent and cruel immigration policies. “

Food and drink will be provided for all event attendees, and members of the organization also speak Spanish.

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