Black Lives Matter: We Stand in Solidarity
The Vancouver Fringe Festival wants to express solidarity with Black communities in the fight for systemic change and for dismantling institutionalized anti-Black racism. The ongoing abuse by police and state is not only unacceptable, it violates the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly states that “the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.”
Disproportionate and unwarranted violence against Black and Indigenous people is long-standing and ongoing. We see this in the recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. We are also witnessing this in real time as many Black protesters endure police brutality on the streets. Our full support and solidarity go to the countless families who have lost loved ones due to police brutality, lack of access to healthcare, and the failure of the government to take prompt actions to ensure the safety of all its citizens.
We also want to acknowledge that these tremendous hardships and losses are amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, and is felt significantly by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour and additionally, if immunocompromised and/or living with disability.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival is actively working on dismantling systemic barriers that impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) artists and communities from feeling safe and participating in the Fringe. This began with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Audit, conducted in 2017, and continues today as we examine the role the Fringe needs to play to ensure our communities are truly inclusive and equitable for everyone. Please visit our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion page on our website to learn more about our ongoing process. We will also be posting details of our upcoming online meet up for BIPOC Fringe artists and BIPOC volunteers centering the Black community on our EDI page soon.
We believe that self-reflection and education are important steps and we encourage you to inform yourself about anti-Black racism and find ways to help. Below are some resources shared by other organizations. It is time to stand up for and with the Black community and do all we can to support and amplify their voices. Black Lives Matter.
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19
The Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Fund is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to raise funds to make mental health support more accessible to Black community members in the Lower Mainland.
Black Lives Matter Vancouver
Hogan’s Alley Society
The Minnesota Freedom Fund is currently not accepting donations, but they have created this list of organizations where you can direct your funds to.
Justice for Regis
Black Legal Action Centre
Toronto Protestor Bail Fund
A Fund for Black-led Mental Health Supports
Local and National Bail Funds (US)
Remembering 27 Black, Indigenous, and racialized people killed by Canadian police by Desmond Cole
Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness —The New York Times
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Anti-Racist Allyship Starter Pack
Becoming Trustworthy White Allies —Yale University’s Reflections Magazine
9 Reasons Why Acting in Solidarity for Racial Justice is Preferable to ‘Allyship’ —The Body is Not an Apology
On Social Media: @rachelcargle, @DesmondCole, @thenapministry, and so many more!