Statement of Solidarity in support of Black Lives

Pain of witnessing violence can’t compare to the pain of experiencing violence. Dancers’ Group works to (and will continue to work to) bringing an equity-focused approach to our work and we celebrate the broad diversity of the Bay Area Dance community and stand with Black people, today and always.

Our thanks to Zaccho Dance Theatre and Joanna Haigood for their wisdom and resources (shared here with permission):

There is much to be done. We must also:

  • Vote for change
  • Stay educated on our history and the complexity of its impact
  • Unpack our own privileges and acknowledge how we might benefit or participate in the system of white supremacy
  • Remember that all Black, Indigenous, and peoples of color in this country are targets
  • Keep talking about ending racism
  • Create new strategies
  • And finally, pray to whatever spirit elevates us to practice loving kindness

“I pray for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Mario Woods, Matthew “Peanut” Johnson, and for all the grieving families of Black and Indigenous people, peoples of color, and LGBTQ+ people who have been the victims to these crimes, that they will finally receive justice and peace. I also celebrate Black resilience, wisdom, and creative genius and will continue to practice and share the healing power of art.” —Joanna Haigood, artistic director, ZACCHO Dance Theatre

Guidelines for Safety While Attending Local Protests

Sign Color of Change petition for #JusticeForFloyd

Black Lives Matter List of Resources

Thoughtfully,

Andréa, Katie, Shellie, Wayne, Zoe

June 3, 2020