Since our company’s inception, Reboot has committed to creating a safe and inspiring artistic space for every human being to become who they want to be. We create this space on stage because we recognize it does not exist in reality. And right now our reality is a pandemic that affects everyone, but not equally. Our reality is economic hardship. Our reality is the xenophobic targeting of Asian Americans and Jews. Our reality is a string of horrible injustices, violence, and murders perpetrated against black people.
And hopefully for some of us, our reality is realizing that all of these events did not happen in a vacuum and that for BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) and other minority communities, this is not new.
So what do we do?
For the white and/or privileged of us, get empowered to use what you have to do the most good you can. That means educating and re-educating yourself so that you have the ability to talk to your friends and family who don’t understand what’s at stake. That means donating. That means amplifying the voices of the unheard — which means being quiet sometimes. Because while this might be your “aha” moment, there are thousands of people who have known for decades.
You do not have to complete the work, but you are not free to abandon it.
Black Lives Matter.
Be safe, friends,
Scot Charles Anderson, Treasurer
Jasmine Joshua, Artistic Director
Emily Kight, Board Member
Angela Snyder, Board Vice President
Kevin Tanner, Board Member
Harry Turpin, Board President
Here is an incomplete list of resources and organizations to support:
Northwest Community Bail Fund: Help pay bail to demonstrators arrested in Seattle protests.
Pay your rent. All funds go directly to Duwamish Tribal Services to support the revival of Duwamish culture and the vitality of the Duwamish Tribe.
The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is a community development organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District. They started a local business relief fund to help businesses in the ID:
Louisville Community Bail Fund: Help pay bail to demonstrators arrested in Louisville protests. Organized by Black Lives Matter Louisville.
Northstar Health Collective: The Minnesota Freedom Fund is urging people to donate to other groups, such as the North Star Health Collective, a group of medics who specialize in supporting protestors fighting for justice.
Your Parenting Mojo, a podcast: For non-BIPOC parents, how do you talk to your kids about race? There are other great episodes on the site as well.
Anti-racism for white people: A great resource that includes books, articles, videos, organizations to follow, and podcasts.