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Many watched in agony as George Floyd was mercilessly killed at the hands of police last week.
He’s one of the most recent in an untold number of Black Americans whose lives were cut short by state-sanctioned violence since this country’s inception. The list includes the enslaved, the free… the old, the young…in all walks of life... at work and in play.
Breonna Taylor was asleep in her bed. Tamir Rice was playing in the park. Atatiana Jefferson was babysitting her nephew at home.
Countless others have narrowly escaped harm, or have suffered from the psychological effects of surviving or witnessing these repeated and devastating events at the hands of a society that sees them as unequal and unworthy of justice.
At LER, we want to center the voices of those who have lost loved ones, who live under the crushing grip of fear, who feel this burden the heaviest in this moment. Those whose anger is palpable and whose indignation is most righteous.
We stand in solidarity with our Black employees and students and their loved ones. We hear their grief and honor the ways they, time and time again, embody resilience in the face of oppression. We stand behind our partner organizations, ready to act in the ways they tell us are most appropriate at this time.
We commit to doing more, doing better. In the coming days, we’ll unveil some key new programs specifically for Black aspiring lactation consultants. It’s the least we can do to help stem the tide of anti-Blackness and oppression in our field.
But now, in this moment, we amplify the voices of the unheard. And we state unequivocally that Black. Lives. Matter.
#saytheirnames #Blacklivesmatter #amplifymelanatedvoices
- They are very susceptible to illnesses
- They can’t care for themselves
- They have very specific nutritional needs
Dear LER community member:
As we move into 2020, I want to take this opportunity to catch you up on changes for me, Doug, and the Lactation Education Resources (LER) community.
As you may know, Doug and I retired this year. After more than 30 years of educating future lactation consultants, we are grateful for the opportunity to enjoy this new phase of our lives together. (If you are in the Maryland area, you might catch a glimpse of me enjoying a morning kayak trip!)
Before we could make this transition, it was important to us to ensure that the LER community was in capable hands. We were thrilled when Kirra Brandon stepped forward with her desire to lead and support LER’s students and instructors.
Kirra Brandon is a physician and, like so many of us in the field, inspired by her own breastfeeding experience (she has nursed all five of her children for more than 113 months and counting!). She also brings considerable experience with online education. She and her husband, Gus Stern, bring experience in providing online education for health care professionals. As LER’s Medical Director, Kirra will be focused on expanding lactation education for all through increasing access around the globe and to a wide variety of health care professionals. We are so grateful that she has chosen to lead LER into the years to come. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, Kirra holds a deep commitment to LER’s mission, vision, and core values. She has been working closely with staff to make sure there has been a seamless transition of the high quality education and customer service that have always been central to the LER community.
Many of you may already know Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC, RLC, who has worked with LER for over 15 years. She brings her deep knowledge of the profession to her new role as LER’s Program Director. In her role, Angela will continue the work I started in 1990. You can reach her at email@example.com.
I hope you will join me in welcoming Kirra to LER. I have no doubt that her leadership means that you will continue to enjoy the education and support for which LER is known.
Finally, I would like to share my gratitude with you for being a part of the LER community. Our students, instructors, advisors and staff together have provided evidence-based support to countless families thanks to your shared commitment to education. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of lactating families.
Vergie Hughes, RN MS IBCLC FILCA LER Founder