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Stand Together Against Racism

(S.T.A.R.)

Board of Directors

Fatou Niang, Chair

Susan Borst, Vice Chair

Mike Rodgers, Treasurer

Karima Bryant

Christa Carr

Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani

Dao Engle

Nancy Geary

Bob Lord 

Alyssa Mackenzie

Michael Rodgers

Alan Rwambuya

Myrlove Stanfield

Michael Turpin

Operating Board 

Christa Carr

Gabriela Deambrosio

Jasper Engle

Janet Fonss

Shona Goldenberg

Olive Goldenberg

Freya Goldenberg

Thea Haley

Jane Himmel

Nancy Huan

Katrina Kaupp

Tess Mackenzie

Elijah Manning

Shandia Mitchell

Mary Ntiri

Lauren Nussbaum

Avery Russey

Sophia Rwambuya

Amy Silberfein

Bryant Soohoo

Annette Terry

 

P.O. Box 1175, New Canaan 

Info@star-ct.org

S.T.A.R. responds to racist letter left anonymously on New Canaan doorsteps.

October 18th, 2021

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Info@Star-ct.org

 

Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) would like to address a letter that was left on many New Canaan residents’ doorsteps related to the upcoming Board of Education (BOE) election. The letter is racism masquerading as “neighborly concern.” 

 

The letter specifically names Fatou Niang and Janet Fonss, the only two candidates of color on the Democrats’ BOE slate, and highlights both candidates’ connections to S.T.A.R. 

 

“This letter saddens us, but it also offers a valuable lesson: that our work, and that of S.T.A.R.’s many community partners, is as important—perhaps more important—than ever,” said S.T.A.R. Vice Chair Susan Borst. “We will continue to proactively educate about and advocate for racial equity and bias elimination. We will listen, and we will engage in dialogue about difficult issues. What we will not do is remain silent in the face of racism—especially when it is deposited on our doorsteps. The anonymity of the “concerned parents” speaks volumes and reveals the cowardice of the authors.”

 

We stand by both Fatou and Janet for the work they have been doing for S.T.A.R. As a community, we encourage all to come together and engage in open dialogues. 

 

At S.T.A.R., our mission is to equip residents of New Canaan, CT and neighboring communities with tools and resources to understand systemic racism — including its history, root causes and the structures that perpetuate it— and to proactively advocate for racial equity and bias elimination. We believe that by working together, we can drive transformative and sustainable social change in our community and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

Stand Together Against Racism’s Board of Directors and Operating Board  

 

About Stand Together Against Racism:

Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) is an anti-racist non-profit organization whose mission is to is to equip residents of New Canaan, CT and neighboring communities with tools and resources to understand systemic racism—including its history, root causes and the structures that perpetuate it— and to proactively advocate for racial equity and bias elimination. We believe that by working together, we can drive transformative and sustainable social change in our community and beyond.

 

S.T.A.R. Local Partners

A Better Chance, Inc. of New Canaan  | B Kind  | The Glass House  | Grace Farms Foundation  | Horizons at New Canaan Country School  | Interfaith Council of New Canaan  | LiveGirl  | NCTV New Canaan Television 79  | New Canaan CARES  | New Canaan Chamber of Commerce  | New Canaan Community Foundation  | New Canaan Country School  | New Canaan Land Trust  | New Canaan Library  | New Canaan Moms Group  | New Canaan Museum & Historical Society  | New Canaan Nature Center  | New Canaan Tourism and Economic Development Advisory Committee  | New Canaan YMCA | Summer Theatre of New Canaan


 

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