Frazee Feet Dance Taking Action
Being an emerging arts organization, we strongly feel that it is our responsibility and duty to use our platform to help create space for Black voices, contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. Below we have listed a series of action steps we have taken as an organization and as individuals to dismantle white supremacy within our walls and make Frazee Feet Dance more inclusive of all bodies and experiences:
For the past several weeks, we have been sharing anti-racism resources amongst the Frazee Feet Dancers and Artistic Director as a way to help educate each other and hold each other accountable in our anti-racism education. We will continue to share these resources among ourselves as a way to expand upon our anti-racism education.
We have posted these resources on our website, on our social media platforms, and in our e-newsletters to help share these resources with all of our followers and patrons. We will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
We recently signed The Greater Rochester Black Agenda Group Pledge which declares racism as a public health crisis and will hold us accountable as an organization to make sure we actively take part in anti-racism action steps, examin our internal structures and incorporate policies that are inclusive and supportive for BIPoC, and provide resources for making our organization more equitable and representative of BIPoC.
The Artistic Director and Frazee Feet Dancers have committed to taking part in anti-racism training, starting with a webinar titled "Anti-Racism & Allyship for Rehab and Movement Professionals" presented by Dr. JPop.
We have, and will continue, to use our social media platforms as a way to amplify Black voices, art, and culture by sharing anti-racism resources and highlighting Black owned and led organizations, businesses, and individuals.
For the month of June, we donated all of our class donations to various organizations throughout the country that are leading the way in the BLM movement. We have donated to Color Of Change, Black Visions Collective, LGBTQ Freedom Fund, and The Okra Project. Our end total was $270 in donations!
We have continued this beyond June by creating a new Community Class Series that will be dedicated to raising funds for local/national BLM organizations & other activist organizations. Class will rotate through various public park spaces to make it more accessible. This will continue for the foreseeable future.
We are in the process of re-branding the company, starting with creating a more inclusive logo.
We are in the process of restructuring the company by shifting into more of a project-based format so as to open up more opportunities for more artists and more voices to be involved in our various projects.
We will now list the pronouns of any dancers and artists we work with on our website and social media platforms.
All classes from this point forward will be donation based in order to make them accessible for anyone that wishes to move with us.
We are planning future action items, including a virtual performance/fundraiser that will help showcase and support local black-owned businesses. More details to come!
As individuals, the Frazee Feet Dancers and Artistic Director have attended local BLM protests and memorials, donated to various organizations and funds such as the George Floyd Memorial Fund and Minnesota Freedom Fund, emailed and called local representatives about repealing 50A, signed petitions demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, defunding the police, amongst others, and have participated in their own anti-racism education by reading books such as How To Be An Antiracist and watching documentaries such as 13th.
Being an LGBTQ+ owned and operated business, it has been our goal from the very beginning to have Frazee Feet Dance be a safe, inclusive space for anyone that wishes to move with us and/or attend any of our performances & events.
Know that we are taking the time to listen, to educate, and to find the best ways for us to take action and create permanent change continuing forward.
We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. We love you.
A list of resources, organizations, articles, books, and more that can be used in educating oneself and contributing to the fight for racial justice and equality. This list is by no means comprehensive. If you have a resource that you would like to be included, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
White Fragility | Robin DiAngelo
How to be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow | Michelle Alexander
Between The World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
DOCUMENTARIES & VIDEOS
13th | Directed by Ava DuVernay
Dear White People | Directed by Justin Simien
The Hate U Give | Directed by George Tillman Jr.
When They See Us | Directed by Ava DuVernay
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, Medium
For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies, Sojourners
The 1619 Project, New York Times Magazine
ORGANIZATIONS & ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW/DONATE
A.I.M for Change
@abraham.in.motion | https://www.abrahaminmotion.org/aim-for-change
Color Of Change
The Bail Project:
Black Lives Matter:
@blklivesmatter | https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019
Black Lives Matter Rochester
@blmroc | $BLMroc
@unicorn.riot | https://unicornriot.ninja/donate/
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Reclaim the Block
@reclaimtheblock | https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2
Black Visions Collective
IMMEDIATE CALLS FOR ACTION
Email Mayor Lovely Warren demanding the termination of Mark Vaugh, Troy Taladay, and Francisco Santiago.
Email Template: https://e-mailer.link/100124158366
Call the Attorney General's Office to demand the prosectuion of Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, and Francisco Santiago.
Attend protest organized by black-led organizations such as Free the People Roc.
Text DANIEL to 55156 to sign the petition through Color of Change demanding justice for Daniel Prude.
Donate to the official GoFundMe campaign created to support the Prude family.
Defund the Police (Rochester, NY)
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Email KY Attorney General for Breonna Taylor
Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Ahmaud Arbery