Last week, PlatteForum issued the brief statement above on social media in response to the protests against the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Atatiana Jefferson, Michael Marshall, De’Von Bailey, Elijah McClain and too many more before them. PlatteForum stands against police brutality and we are committed to advocating for racial and cultural equity. We have a duty and responsibility as a trusted organization to challenge these acts of violence and tyranny rooted in personal, institutional and organizational racism.
Over the last week, we took the necessary steps to develop actions that our organization will implement immediately to help dismantle systemic oppression and educate our public on the injustices which People of Color face on a daily basis. PlatteForum has always come from a place of sanctuary, love, and education through creativity when addressing social justice topics. Today and moving forward will be no different.
We invite our community to join us and become more deeply informed on these injustices, develop tactics to combat racism peacefully, and advocate for the communities our society has oppressed for far too long. We will stand up and stand together to make a better path for those who have been denied access in this country.
As a youth- and artist-focused, social justice arts organization, PlatteForum has always amplified voices of change. Our mission is to take part in making a better world where our youth and artists have no boundaries to success; if Black youth and artists are not thriving, our community is not thriving.
To that end, we commit to enacting the following policies and practices and will continue to evolve our actions as needed:
PlatteForum acknowledges that DEI practices are an ongoing journey and require dedicated community action. We will not passively stand by and watch.
We implore everyone to join the growing anti-racist movement and develop your own action plan to create meaningful equity and justice for every member of our community. This is how we will take a stand. Stand with us!
PlatteForum’s Staff and Board of Directors