This is our commitment to the black community.
It is time that we start making lasting change.
We are sorry it took such violence, such anger and so many people to fully bring this to our attention. It’s simply not good enough.
There are times to be quiet, to listen, to learn and to reflect.
There are times to speak out, to take action and to strive to bring about change.
This is the time for both.
You matter to us.
As a white theatre company, who work with predominantly white beneficiaries, with a white board of trustees, we have some important and potentially uncomfortable questions to ask ourselves:
We commit to taking proper time to answer these questions and to consider what it means for Mortal Fools to be truly anti-racist.
We commit to using the influence we have to work with others to bring about meaningful and lasting change.
And we commit to sharing all of that publicly and transparently.
We know we will need to work together with, and take a lead from, our current and future partner organisations who are already doing the work and, with that in mind, we’d like to recommend this post from Contact in Manchester, about the practical actions they’re encouraging staff, board, advocates, friends and audiences to take: https://contactmcr.com/news/georgefloyd/.
We would also like to draw your attention to a resource that has been created by Cambridge University Alumna Nandini:
This is a checklist of actions you can do to support Black Lives Matter in the UK and will be updated regularly. It includes:
- links to petitions and open letters you can sign
- templates for emails you can send
- fundraisers you can donate to and groups/orgs to support