Silence Is Not An Option

The staff and Board of Directors of Ruby Slippers Theatre condemns the mass murder in Atlanta and all anti-Asian racism and misogyny in the US and Canada. 
 
We must speak up and stand up when we see bullying, racism and misogyny. We must support Asians and BIPOC and women, letting them know that we share their grief, pain, and outrage, that they are not alone. 
 
Everyone deserves to feel safe. Silence is not an option. To do nothing makes us complicit. So let’s be courageous and commit every day to standing up and ending hate.
Credit: Black Lives Matter, https://blacklivesmatter.com
Credit: Black Lives Matter, https://blacklivesmatter.com

Update August 25, 2020: We are outraged at all the brutal police killings.
KNOW THEIR NAMES, View interactive report courtesy of Al Jazeera:
https://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2020/know-their-names/index.html
We at Ruby Slippers Theatre condemn the murder of George Floyd, an act of inhumane police brutality, that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy.

We in Canada share that culture, and we must commit ourselves collectively to dismantling white supremacy here at home, acknowledge that white privilege has come at the expense of BIPOC past and present, and rebuild our nation with justice and respect for all. We remain steadfast in our commitment to radical inclusivity and diversity in all that we do, empowering the underrepresented and working with BIPOC to abolish colonialism, misogyny and white supremacy.

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Here is a Vancouver-specific initiative at https://mutualaid.shadowsmile.ca/; this problem is as entrenched here as anywhere.

Also, the VPL put out this fabulous list of children’s ebooks called “Stand Up! Racial Identity, Racism and Resistance for Grades K-7” at https://vpl.overdrive.com/library/kids/collection/1085869

The federal government page of anti-racism resources is at https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/anti-racism-engagement/resources.html

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RST imagines an inclusive world where diversity is celebrated through a deeper understanding of each other.

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To bring this vision to reality, RST illuminates under-represented perspectives by giving voice to diverse artists from across the country including Quebec works in English translation.

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