Black Lives Matter | DanceFight

Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity against the injustices and horrific violence (in words and actions) that have been carried out for far too long against black people and all people of color. The light of awareness must shine on (and undo) the systemic racism that continues to cause suffering and death in the black community.

We believe our society, our leaders and we as individuals have a lot of work to do; work that must be done through taking an honest and uncomfortable look at our own prejudices and where we are falling short in standing up for black lives. Work that leads to real action and sustainable change. This must not be a one-time march or a singular moment of reflection, this must be a new way of living and a thoughtful continuous process of responding to the question: How can I contribute to ending this suffering and injustice?

We are listening, we are reflecting, we are willing to do the work, we will take action and we will rise up – not just in this moment but from now on.

Black lives matter.

 

How We’ll Show Up

We are taking the time to work through how we as a company can take real steps and make lasting commitments to help dismantle and end systemic racism. We wanted to take a moment to share some initial plans (both near and long term) we will enact as we move forward.

-We will create a youth advisory circle. This diverse group of young people will help to guide and lead our efforts in creating as diverse, aware, inclusive and safe a platform as possible, helping to hold us accountable as an organization every step of the way.

-Recognizing that shared experience and understanding are a part of the solution, we will ask each team member to commit to 40 hours of service to marginalized and under-served communities each year.

-We will require bias training for all team members and encourage all of our vendors we work with to do the same.

-Inspired by the Tuesday #blackout, on the first Tuesday of every month we will pause our normal activity on our social channels and instead use them to highlight black voices. This will be in addition to regularly featuring stories from all people of color.

-We will implement ways for users in-app to highlight and support (and donate to) causes that matter to them.

-We will roll-out in-app interstitial programming highlighting POC voices and issues affecting minority communities

-DanceFight will be honoring and celebrating the profoundly important day in our country’s history that is Juneteenth. In addition to designating it as a paid company-wide holiday, on Juneteenth, we will schedule posts across all of our social channels featuring voices and stories from the black community.

 

Helpful resources that we’re using to get smarter and that we suggest you consider too:
  • https://www.theshowmustbepaused.com/
  • Help the family of George Floyd HERE.
  • Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE.
  • Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.
  • Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.
  • Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
  • Want to connect with leaders building grassroots campaigns? Click HERE.
  • Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.
  • Black Visions Collective
    • Since 2017, Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns. By building movements from the ground up with an integrated model, we are creating the conditions for long term success and transformation.
  • Until Freedom
    • Is an intersectional social justice organization rooted in the leadership of diverse people of color to address systemic and racial injustice. At Until Freedom, we believe that those closest to the pain are closest to the solution, therefore, we focus on investing in those who are the most directly impacted by cyclical poverty, inequality, and state violence.
  • Center for Social Inclusion
    • Our mission is to catalyze community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. We craft and apply strategies and tools to transform our nation’s policies, practices, and institutions, in order to achieve racial equity.
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • The Leadership Conference remains the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, committed to the protection and advancement of civil and human rights for every person in the United States. It has become the nerve center for fighting discrimination in all its 
  • Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
    • Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and cotemporary effects of racism.
  • National Urban League
    • To help African-Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
    • We prepare global citizens to create a more just, humane, and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology.
  • United Negro College Fund
    • UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship, and service to our nation.
  • NAACP
    • The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
  • National Bail Out
    • National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers, and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. Their focus is on black mothers and caregivers: providing bail, supportive services, and fellowship opportunities.

 

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