When Striving for Equity We Need to Recognize Mistakes, Apologize to Those Harmed, Fix the Harm Swiftly and Provide Education to All

Scrabble tiles that spell out the words “Say Sorry”
Scrabble tiles that spell out the words “Say Sorry”
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Working to achieve equity — faith, racial or social — is challenging and hard work. Undoubtedly, each of us will make mistakes as we embark on our individual equity learning journey. Mistakes are simply inevitable. Especially for those of us who are employees of big systems — schools, governments, business. Our systems are set up with inherent inequity and privilege in place. Therefore, we have to individually work that much harder and intentionally to counterbalance the inequities at…


Mistakes and biases are part of being human, how we handle them is of the utmost importance. Lessons from elected leader’s misguided social media post.

Four women sitting in front of a body of water at sunset, holding their hands together to create the shape of two hearts.
Four women sitting in front of a body of water at sunset, holding their hands together to create the shape of two hearts.
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Like many, I understand the power of social media. I know it can bring people together in a heartbeat. Just as quickly, I’ve seen it create deep divides. Recently, what should have been a community celebration, rapidly devolved into a divisive, hate-infused social media frenzy in Fairfax, Virginia. My tears have been abundant since Ms. Abrar Omeish, one of our Fairfax County School Board Members, posted a misguided, biased message on Twitter and Facebook during the final day of Ramadan. This elected official used her public platform to accuse Israel of “desecrat[ing] the holy land” by “kill[ing]” Palestinians.” She further…


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I am utterly flabbergasted by Governor Northam’s premature decision to lift Virginia’s mask mandate. Discussing the CDC’s new guidance that vaccinated individuals do not need to mask up indoors, I adamantly exclaimed sensible Virginia would surely retain its mask mandate.

How wrong I was.

Governor Northam’s press release accurately stated that “…the vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. The message is clear: vaccinations are how we put this pandemic in the rearview mirror….” I could not agree more. However, it is common knowledge that children 11 and under do not yet have the…


A call to dismantle racial and social inequities, starting with how we celebrate holidays in Fairfax County Public Schools

“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” Over the past few days, my heart continually whispered these ancient words. The elected leaders of my children’s school system, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), had an opportunity to implement a more reflective school calendar that would have conveyed the importance of diversity and inclusion aligned with our countywide racial and social equity policy, One Fairfax. Everyone in the Fairfax County community would have benefited from this unrealized step toward greater…

Judith Cabelli

A passionate leader committed to housing affordability, social justice and racial equity.

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