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Standing in Solidarity

A Message to the San Francisco Playhouse community:

We at the Empathy Gym stand in solidarity and love with the black community. We dedicate ourselves to give a voice to the racial injustice in this country.

Arts and culture are among the powerful ways that existing racial and ethnic representations, messages and stories are created and shared. While the doors to our theatre need to remain closed, we commit to using our voice and our network to shed light and inspire change on the racial injustice in this country.

We dedicate ourselves to be anti-racist. To stand up for our dear friends who live in fear of being harmed purely because of the color of their skin. We raise our voice to unequivocally say that black lives matter.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King

We encourage you to explore these resources, many of which have already been shared by our peers in the arts:

American Civil Liberties Union
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Black Lives Matter
Campaign Zero
Color of Change
I Run With Maud
George Floyd Memorial Fund

In solidarity,
Bill English, Susi Damilano, and everyone at San Francisco Playhouse

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