Black Lives Matter, Everyday
LYNNEBEC have never made a pledge before. We are primarily movers and whilst there’s absolutely a place for interpretative dance, we have swapped movement for words to make ourselves crystal clear.
In our work, we have consciously sought to provide a platform for artists from Black, Brown, LGBTQIA+ backgrounds as we are acutely aware of the importance of representation, particularly in the arts industry.
Whilst this issue has influenced internal decisions, we have not done enough to vocalise tackling these systemic problems, challenging unconscious biases, and entering into difficult yet necessary conversations with collaborators and organisations. This makes us part of the same problem and for this, we must apologise and implement immediate change.
In the past few months, we have all witnessed huge racial injustice, violence and erasure within the US through the horrific treatment of George Floyd and the UK government's gross mishandling of the pandemic. Although we can never fully understand, we share the empathy, grief and outrage, with the black community.
We feel it necessary to make a pledge to tackle the unconscious biases within ourselves, to tackle the apathy in our lives, hold ourselves accountable and to challenge the systemic racism within our industry.
We have dropped our routine and refocused our time listening, learning, sharing, protesting, challenging, educating and reflecting. We have seen online and offline the efforts of friends, followers and some organisations do the same. This learning needs to translate into demonstrable action.
There’s no excuse for us all not to contribute to a better and equal future. Whilst our privilege exists, it needs to be transformed into positive action and progress the removal of inequality.
We commit to Leah Thomas’s (@greengirlleah) Intersectional Environmentalism Pledge. Leah is an Activist and Eco-Communicator. Intersectional Environmentalism advocates for the protection and justice of people and the planet.
In addition to Leah’s pledge, we commit:
To actively engage with conversations outside of our echo chamber to ensure that an action is impactful outside of the conversation.
To build vocal activism into our company strategy to use our platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement for the future.