Some perspective; Resources for Building an Equitable Non Profit

67505318_10217536220452248_1734251555823026176_nToday at our weekly staff meeting we took a significant step in looking at specific problems within our organization and began to openly and respectfully talk about them. We are a committed board, leadership, and staff dedicated to including equity training with strategic planning as we more into the next phase of our work.

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Emmitt Till, August 28, 1955

Medgar Evers, June 12, 1963

Malcolm X, February 21, 1965

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  April 4, 1968

Rodney King, March 3, 1991

Amadou Diallo, February 4, 1999

Sean Bell, November 25, 2006

Trayvon Martin, February 26, 2012

Michael Brown, August 9, 2014

Eric Garner, December 30, 2017

Ahmaud Arbery, February 23, 2020

Breonna Taylor, March 13, 2020

George Floyd, May 25, 2020

Tony McDade,  May 27, 2020

Rem’mie Fells, June 8, 2020

Riah Milton, June 9, 2020

Rayshard Brooks, June 12, 2020

Oluwatoyin Salau, June 13, 2020

And so many more…named and unnamed

It is time for a long overdue reckoning.

The assault and murder of Black and Brown people by law enforcement, vigilantes and regular citizens, since the first African peoples were brought to this country in chains, is a haunting travesty and legacy that must be acknowledged and truly confronted.  The names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks are the latest victims of an out of control, militarized police force.  In 1992 when officers on trial for the beating of Rodney King were acquitted, the subsequent response, almost thirty years ago, did nothing to change the racist policies of stop and frisk or the beating and murdering of Black people, particularly Black men and Black trans women.

As a nation, we revisited all this with Trayvon Martin’s murder at the hands of a civilian.  It seemed like maybe, just maybe, this time, the creation of Black Lives Matter and the response they led would have lasting impact.  Yet again, George Zimmerman, the murderer of another young black man was acquitted.

MWProductions has always and will always stand with Black Lives Matter and their mission.  Our purpose is to use art as a healing threshold to inclusion, true equity and equality.  Artist-facilitated social action that encourages difficult dialogues concerning some of the most important and consequential issues of our time will continue to be our guide forward.

Two key events that have forced the conversation are the pandemics of covid and racism. For MWP a way to embrace hope, is to keep the conversation centered on all of our experienced truths.  Touched, Alive, Hope is a new multi-media art installation that is intended to bring together many hands and many voices from around the world, fostered by a partnership between Violence Transformed and Medicine Wheel Productions.

Here are a few resources to help navigate the road to building an inclusive and equitable non profit.  Click on images for more info.

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Days Without Art

DAYS WITHOUT ART

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Medicine Wheel Productions/SPOKE presents Days Without Art, bringing together more than 30 artists from across Greater Boston to raise community consciousness of the connections between health and racial justice for Blacks and other people of color.

Days Without Art begins with a virtual, multidisciplinary exhibition Sunday, Feb. 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and continues with online public programs through February, African American History Month. Our virtual programming will be accessible via Zoom.

Medicine Wheel will present work from Black Bostonians from across cultural, health care, and other sectors every Wednesday evening through February and beyond. Musicians, poets, dancers, painters and designers will create and repurpose work that speaks to issues such as health, wellness, equity, inclusion, awareness, resilience, and/or artistic expression.

Leading this innovative project is Amanda Shea, a spoken word poet, social activist, and teaching artist. Participating artists include Edward “D Ruff” Bryant, Sublimeluv, Dell Hamilton, Cedric “Vice1” Douglas, & Letta Neely.

To access the Zoom meeting beginning February 7th at 12 am, go here.

Medicine Wheel Productions is proud to present the following artists that will be participating in our Days Without Art event.

Days Without Art Artists:

Artist Name Email Social Media Handles
Edward “D Ruff” stayingon94@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/D.Ruff617
Ashley Rose Ashleyrosesalomon@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/ashleyrosepoet/?igshid=1komr9fpz01yy
Pharynia Jean prjean17@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/phanezzy_thebrand/
Fantasia Means means540@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/classy_womanbehavior_24_/https://www.instagram.com/tasia_d_poetry/
Amber Williams sublimeluvspeaks@sublimeluv.com https://www.amberwilliams.co/
Troy J Veal royjveal@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/troy.jay/
Eternity Hyppolite

eternity.hypp@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Didi1224https://www.instagram.com/eternally_pure/?hl=enhttps://www.eternityhyppolite.com/
Lewis Morris Lewis.Morris@flatlinepoetry.com https://www.instagram.com/lewisizdope/
Prescott Jazthemusic@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/pr3scottisme/
Letta Neely lettaneely30@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/letta.neelyhttps://www.instagram.com/lettaneely/
Durane West west.durane17@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/wordsmeannada/?hl=enhttps://www.facebook.com/durane.west 
Toussaint fromslavetosoldier@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/toussaintlib/
Claudio Sotolongo

claudio.sotolongo@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/claudio.sotolongohttps://www.instagram.com/claudio.sotolongo/?hl=enhttps://claudiosotolongo.wordpress.com/

 

Cedric “VISE1″ Douglas cedricdouglasdesign@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/vise_1_boston/https://www.facebook.com/cedric.douglas
Raymond Josue Rodriguez raymondcallsforaction@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/raymond.j.rodriguez/
Ashleigh Gordon ashleigh@castleskins.org https://www.facebook.com/ashe.gordon
Dell Hamilton dell@dellmhamilton.com https://www.facebook.com/dell.m.hamiltonhttps://www.instagram.com/dellmhamilton/https://dellmhamilton.com/home.html
Shea Justice shea.justice@yahoo.com https://www.facebook.com/shea.justice
Allan McClendon allchic3@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Allanchic2063https://www.instagram.com/allanmcclendon/ 
Keely Edwards ke_designs@yahoo.com https://www.keelyedwards.website/
Aaron Stone https://www.facebook.com/aaronnakiastone
Craig Bailey bailey@perspectivephoto.net https://www.facebook.com/craig.bailey.524https://www.instagram.com/cbzperspective/http://www.perspectivephoto.net/

 

Gail Burton gailaburton2@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/TheateroftheOppressedLaboratory
Pamella Goncalves pgoncalves@projectplace.org
U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo umelenimhlaba@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/umelenihttps://www.instagram.com/urbanthriftologee/ 
Shaina Schwartz touchetaps@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/two.shay.taps/?hl=e
Darrell Ann Gane -McCalla Gillofalltrades@yahoo.com https://www.facebook.com/darrell.mccalla.7
Michael Gordon Penn mpendesigns@yahoo.com https://www.facebook.com/mpenndesignshttps://www.instagram.com/michaelgordonpenn/https://www.mpenndesigns.com/

 

Charles Coe charles52@comcast.net https://www.charlescoe.org/
Philip Robinson phrobin417@aol.com https://www.facebook.com/people/Philip-Robinson/100016752844738https://www.philiprobinsonpoet.com/