Important Update From the MTA
Official Statement (6/01/20)
To MTA members and extended community, a statement from your Production Manager, MVTAF Coordinator and Inclusivity and Equity Chair:
I think we have all been struggling to find the right words to say to you all regarding recent events. We see you. We hear you. We understand all the sadness and anger that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony Mcdade, and many more at the hands of injustice and inequality have caused. We don’t want to be silent on this injustice and we would like to call on Muhlenberg and the departments within it to act. Police brutality and racism are now and have always been serious injustices in this country. We are dedicated to supporting people of color and acknowledge that we can always do more. We are currently working on planning an event for MTA members to have a forum to discuss what is going on in the world and its impact on all of our lives as well as how that may be translated into theatre and performance at our school. We want to ignite conversations and turn those conversations into actions. You can locate resources to support the black lives matter movement on our website. If you know of any more resources to support the movement, please let us know!
We urge all our members to sign petitions, end the silence, and donate and support the movement however possible. Silence is complicit. We want to make sure that our fundamental values in support of diversity, equity, and humanity are clear. As a predominantly white organization at a PWI, we would like to emphasize the importance of lifting black voices in this time and participate in educating ourselves on these issues without participating in performative activism. We would also like to wish all our members a happy pride month and remind everyone that all the freedoms we enjoy would not be possible without the constant fight for justice. Support POC! Support black lives! Support LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ POC! Support the black lives matter movement.
As always, the board members of the MTA are here to support you. Please feel free to reach out.
Maereg Gebretekle, Britney Jara, and Elizabeth Muriel
Google doc with various petitions, bail funds, ways to donate etc:
Ways you can help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Bail Fund for Ohio: https://www.paypal.me/columbusfreedomfund
Black Visions: https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2
Mutual Aid Fund Helping with riot gear and Medical in Minneapolis:
Louisville Community Bail Fund: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/louisville-community-bail-fund/