In Solidarity: TBA's Response to the Murder of George Floyd
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Earlier this week, George Floyd, a black man was killed and white racism was the cause. Tragically, that statement could be made on almost any week in this nation. But the killing of George Floyd has prompted particular outrage. A video recording makes the whole world a witness to his murder, and we are watching in real time as his Minneapolis community and cities across the continent grieve and rage.
Yesterday, our colleagues at artEquity urged us all to not let this kind of violent injustice be normalized just because it is so very common in this country. All of us must raise our voices in solidarity with Floyd’s family, with the black community of Minneapolis, and with black and brown and Native people everywhere in this nation who are suffering and dying every day because of racism and white complacency.
Theatre Bay Area has embraced equity and inclusion as our foundational principles. We know this means confronting racism in the world around us – and in ourselves. We urge you to add your voice to the many thousands who are calling for justice, who are saying unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.
The lockdown of the pandemic has not locked out violent injustice. The virus has laid bare the systemic inequities in this nation that are every day killing black, brown and Native people in far greater number than white Americans. This is no accident, and together we must work to dismantle the systems of racism that have killed George Floyd, Adrian Medearis (shot by police in Texas), Breonna Taylor (shot by police in Kentucky), Ahmaud Arbery (shot by white racists in Georgia) and tens of thousands of others (killed by a virus enabled by injustice) just since the onset of the pandemic.
We’ve listed in the links below a few of the ways you can take action today.
In solidarity and on behalf of Theatre Bay Area’s staff and board of directors,
Things You Can Start Doing Now
Thank you to Leigh Rodon-Davis for sharing these actions.
1. Think before you reshare graphic videos of violence against Black people. While these images are important to raise awareness and show others the extremity of this brutality, you risk re-triggering or traumatizing Black and brown folx in your communities.
2. Take time to educate other non-Black folx and challenge anti-blackness and racism in your families and social networks. This labor should not fall on people of color who are living these experiences.
3. Participate in advocacy to support the victims and their families; do your due diligence and make sure the organization is actually donating to the proper parties (cough, cough Sh*un K*ng).
Thank you toCrowded Fire Theatre for these resources.
Minnesota Freedom Fund - bail fund for protesters being arrestedhttps://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
GoFundMe for George Floyd’s familyhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Reclaim the Block is fighting to defund the police and calls on officials to invest in violence prevention, housing, resources for youth, emergency mental health response teams, and solutions to the opioid crisis.https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2
Sign Color of Change's petition demanding that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey block the involved officers from receiving their pensions and ban them from being able to become police officers again, as well as demands that County Attorney Mike Freeman charge the officers with murder. (You can also text "FLOYD" to 55156 to sign the petition.)https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis
Support organizations fighting for police and justice reform in the Bay Area: Anti Police-Terror Project, Silicon Valley De-Bug.
Cal Shakes list of resources
Know Your Rights Camp's Legal Defense Initiative-The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative has identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area to provide legal resources for those in need.https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/legal
Additional Anti-racism Resources