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Public Statement of Support For Black Lives

Bay Area Creative & SPARC Poetry stand with the Black community to hold up the voices of struggle, protest, and unity despite the systemically racist systems that try to silence Black narratives.

In the next two weeks we will be holding an all-Black spoken word showcase where coaches, students, alumni, and staff will perform to raise money for policy change, protester bailouts, and transformative justice programs.

In response to

  • the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and hundreds like them both on and off camera.

  • a police system that shamelessly violates the human rights of African Americans

  • a justice system that does not hold trained officers accountable for their actions

  • a prison system that profits off of the free labor of minorities in post-slavery America

We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society.” - Martin Luther King Jr

As an education organization we will be intentional in our mission to lift black leaders into positions of power. We will continue to place local black poets into schools to mentor our black students. We will always create culturally relevant curriculum, and we will keep striving to make spaces for young voices to challenge today’s norms until the future is without inequity.

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