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Responsibility and Action in the Pursuit of Racial Justice
A Message from Rob Bailis, Artistic & Executive Director, BroadStage
"America must start to change right now while the image of the brutality of Mr. Floyd’s death is still a present and clear image in our minds, and while the pain and hopelessness he felt under the police officer’s knee weighs heavy on our hearts." –Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President, Santa Monica College
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, the countless that came before and those still being identified, make it impossible for us to turn away from the systemic racism and institutionalized oppression that plague the United States and have since before our founding. Black Lives Matter.
We will continue to show solidarity and demonstrate insistence with each action we take, from the artists we present to the staff we employ and the company we keep. It is our responsibility to advance racial equity and to help end oppression of all kinds in our immediate community and beyond.
Art and artists are essential to creating a more just world, where bias and prejudice are tragedies of the past. It is our commitment to amplify the stories, perspectives, reflections and protests of the unheard, the oppressed and the silenced as we help move our nation toward an equitable and inclusive society.
As a campus citizen of Santa Monica College, one of the most progressive, diverse, and accessible educational institutions in the country, we at BroadStage take direct inspiration from our environment by seeking to represent, engage and learn from the full spectrum of our community.
As we face these challenging times, full of frustration, anger, grief and loss, our promise is to listen deeply and come forward with meaningful experiences that build consciousness, create empathy and move us all forward.
There is an unmistakable urgency to this moment. Our nation has reached its tipping point. We stand united against racism and oppression and will fight with dignity and integrity for a brighter future. We commit ourselves to a daily practice of acknowledging the truth about our nation's past, accepting responsibility for what has never changed and taking the actions necessary to make those changes.