A Statement from A Red Orchid Theatre

We at A Red Orchid mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many more who have been murdered in acts of racial violence — all too frequently by those charged to protect and serve.

The violence being perpetrated against Black people in our country is senseless, despicable, dehumanizing, institutional, and we are all complicit in its continuing.

As a company, we are committed to honoring the unrelinquishing human spirit. To practicing what we preach about social compassion and honesty. To staying focused on the truth, to listening, to learning, to doing the work, to reflecting, to supporting those who have been and are being systematically ignored and destroyed.

We stand with our Black artists and the Black community at large.

As artists and humans, we are in the fight to end systemic racism in this country and to lift-up all of humanity.  We will fight.  We will give.  We will make calls.  We will say their names.

And we ourselves will change.

#BlackLivesMatter

GET INVOLVED: These are some of the organizations where we are starting:

Black Lives Matter

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

https://blacklivesmatter.carrd.co/#

Campaign Zero is a comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.

https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

NAACP

https://www.naacp.org/

Color of Change

https://colorofchange.org/

GET LOCAL

Chicago Community Bond Fund @ChiBondFund

https://chicagobond.org/donate/

The following are Black-led Chicago organizations building power & working towards abolition:

Assata’s Daughters @AssataDaughters

https://www.assatasdaughters.org

Circles & Ciphers @Circles_Ciphers

http://www.circlesandciphers.org

Chicago Torture Justice Center @chitorture

http://chicagotorturejustice.org

EAT Chicago (Equity and Transformation) @ChicagoEat

https://www.eatchicago.org

Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression @CAARPRNow

https://www.caarpr.org

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