JNCL-NCLIS Statement on Racism and Systemic Inequality
Updated: Jun 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2020 -- At JNCL-NCLIS, we know the unmatched power of advocacy.
We envision a world where the Language Enterprise facilitates the free movement of people, information, and ideas; builds mutual understanding and acceptance of cultural and linguistic diversity; and promotes the personal development of the individual.
Not only must we STAND in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Color against racism, police brutality, and systemic inequality in this country, we must also
SPEAK UP in solidarity,
ACT in solidarity,
ADVOCATE in solidarity.
In alignment with our vision, we acknowledge our responsibility to actively amplify and empower BIPOC voices to achieve justice. By using our collective voice we catalyze positive change.
We must all do this today, as always.
Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) represent the Language Enterprise to the US government and business community. Our membership includes over 130 organizations, which employ more than 300,000 language professionals globally. Together, we form an all-inclusive network and encompass all areas of the language field: exchanges, research, technology, translation, interpretation, localization, testing and more. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.