On behalf of the Dance Parade Board, Steering Committee and the broader dance community we serve, I convey our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDadde, Christian Cooper, David McAtee and countless other victims of injustice everywhere.
Dance Parade plays a critical role condemning racial injustice and hate. By presenting as many cultural dances as possible, our work seeks to advance cultural equity, celebrate diversity and inclusion for all people -- not just those who are privileged by structural inequities or the color of their skin.
As we recognize #BlackOutTuesday today please take a moment to educate yourself on these issues and consider supporting one or more of the non-profit organizations below who are fighting to change the structural racism that surrounds us.
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is the country's top legal firm fighting for racial justice. Through
litigation, advocacy, and public education, it seeks structural changes
to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve justice for all.
It also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of
civil rights struggle.
Poor People's Campaign confronts the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, and
militarism. As a nation we are at a critical juncture — and we need a
movement led by working people that will shift the moral narrative,
impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build
lasting power for poor and impacted people.
Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization that helps
people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a
national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move
decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human
and less hostile world for Black people in America.
The Citizenship Education Fund,
founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is working to protect, defend and
gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing
fields while promoting peace and justice around the world. It is a
multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive organization that is dedicated to
improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the
Mijente is a national hub for Latinx and Chincanx organizing that advocates on
behalf of those communities as well as other oppressed communities. It
has been leading the charge within Spanish language media, attempting to
bring awareness and solidarity with Black-led protests and
organizations. It serves as a link between many Black-led organizations
and Spanish-speaking communities, participating and leading in
solidarity actions in several states.
The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need,
reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence. In
fighting mass incarceration, they aim to secure freedom for as many
people as possible and ensure equal justice for all.
groups are doing important work in communities all across the country,
and now more than ever they are counting on our support.