We, the Undergraduate Theatre Society of the University of Washington, stand in solidarity with our black community as we protest the racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless other innocent black lives lost to police brutality. As a majority nonblack organization operating within a predominantly white institution, we acknowledge the privilege we hold and understand the importance of using our platform to support marginalized artists and storytellers in our community.
In alignment with our core values, we strive to tell stories that explore the lived experiences of our diverse world. We are committed to dismantling the structures of white supremacy and racism, making theatre at UW more equitable and accessible, and creating a safe space for artists to collaborate and learn.
We lend our voices and support to the Black Lives Matter movement. To aid in this movement, we have decided to make a donation, consisting of all of our earnings from Twitch streams, to local Seattle bail funds. We have also compiled a list of resources to reference, including important charities, petitions, action items, black-owned businesses, and media to consume, both on a local and a nationwide level. That list includes local Black arts and theatre organizations that we encourage our community to support.
Lastly, UTS would like to remind our community that this is an ongoing movement; it cannot be solved in a day, a week, or even a month. Similar movements have historically taken years of activism to make a difference. Thus, we invite and encourage our community to hold us accountable and help us pursue and enforce anti-racism.
Black Lives Matter.
The UTS Executive Board
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