Today 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.
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.