Dear Cornish Community,
I am writing to address the senseless acts of racism, hatred, violence, and indifference that resulted in the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and so many other Black and brown people. We stand in support of the victims, their families, friends, and communities. We call for an end to racism, violence, inequity, and indifference. Black lives matter. Period. Racism can take on many forms: the threat to the life of Christian Cooper, the beating of peaceful protestors, and the lack of criminal justice reform. No matter the form, racism will not be tolerated in our community.
To our Black and brown faculty, staff, students, friends, and partners, we hear you. We see you. We share your pain. We know that you are hurting deeply. We are tired of being tired and should not have to bear this pain alone. We are Cornish! When one part of our community hurts, we all hurt. It is not an option for us to stand silently on the sidelines. Please know that the leadership team and I are committed to you and to helping address these issues directly in our educational programs, engagement, and hiring practices.
Equity is one of our core values. I work daily to help build a community at Cornish that is equitable and promotes social justice. In the coming weeks with the assistance of our Chief Equity Officer, Tiffany Davis, Cornish will launch a series of programs aimed at hearing the collective voices our community, and working together to find solutions that support equity and diversity at Cornish. As a community of artists, citizens, and innovators, we have a responsibility to drive change in this world. I ask that each of us reflect on the ways we, as individuals, can make a change.
I encourage us to look to organizations that promote social justice and do the work to correct these wrongs. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter, Center for Policing Equity, are all organizations that do good work in this area. We will work together to ensure that every person gets to live the life they deserve free of racial injustice and indignity. If you are looking for more ways to engage, get involved, and/or support, throughout this week Cornish will post information and resources across our social media channels.
Raymond Tymas-Jones, Ph.D., President
This list is a beginning. We will be adding to it in the coming days and weeks. Have you found information or resources you think we should share here? Send us a note >
Demand Police Accountability
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The ACLU, which provides legal services and support for a broad range of people with civil rights complaints.
The African-American Writers’ Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers.
The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is raising bail and bond money for jailed protestors in Atlanta.
The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
The Black Embodiments Studio is hybrid arts writing incubator and a public lecture series dedicated to expansive and dynamic investigations of blackness in contemporary art.
Black Mamas Matter Collective is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.
The Black Lens is an independent community publication, based in Spokane, Washington, that is focused on the news, events, people, issues, and information of importance to the African American community.
Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Black Youth Project 100 is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.
The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas is the only local, nonprofit organization solely dedicated to presenting emerging Black arts, artists, and ideas in the Seattle area.
Color of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.
Creative Justice builds community with youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-(to-deportation) pipeline. Participants and mentor artists work together to examine the root causes of incarceration, like systemic racism and other forms of oppression, creating art that articulates the power and potential of our communities.
The Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) will create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves, fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial.
Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Fair Fight, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections
The Festival Sundiata, continues to showcase art, education and entertainment which depicts the colorful perspectives, culture and history of people of African descent.
Free Them All for Public Health, which aims to free incarcerated people amid the coronavirus pandemic, is raising money for people who have been arrested during New York City protests over the weekend. What doesn’t go toward local bail will reportedly be sent to other cities, and COVID Bailout NYC.
Gansango Music & Dance presents traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa – drawing on the stunning talent of multicultural dancers and musicians.
A Gas Mask Fund for black youth activists in Minneapolis is raising money to buy gas masks for demonstrators who’ve faced tear gas during protests.
GoFundMe for Ahmaud Arbery’s mother
GoFundMe for George Floyd's family
GoFundMe for Said Joquin
Kouyate Arts is an African performance company in Seattle, Washington.
Kutt‘N’Up is a dance family that consists of youth all over the greater Seattle area. Our mission is to succeed in all aspects of life including but not limited to grades, responsibility, and accountability.
LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area.
Living Arts Cultural Heritage (LACH) improves lives, creates connections, and increases unity through education, community events, and creative projects rooted in the history of African Americans and other cultural identities in Kitsap County and the Pacific Northwest.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
Northstar Health Collective, a St. Paul–based organization that provides health services and support at protests.
Northwest African American Museum's (NAAM) mission is to spread knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the histories, arts and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all.
Northwest Tap Connection is a distinctive urban dance studio specializing in Rhythm Tap. The studio’s philosophy is that dance enriches the lives of the students, while developing self-discipline, instilling self-confidence, and encouraging achievement and goal setting.
No New Jails NYC aims to keep the city from constructing new jails, and to instead divert funds that currently go toward the police and incarceration toward housing, ending homelessness, mental health, and other community support systems.
Onyx Fine Arts Collective is organized by the voluntary efforts of a group of artists and supporters committed to celebrate and promote the visual artwork of artists of African descent.
Seattle Music Partners cultivates a diverse and vibrant music-making community by providing youth with free music instruction and one-on-one mentoring to eliminate racial and economic barriers to quality music education.
Umoja Fest honors our rich heritage while recognizing our ability to make history. The festival and parade celebrates our collective ability to make ourselves, our families, community, city, state, nation and world a better place for our future generations.
Wa Na Wari creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. We are a center for Black art and culture in Seattle’s historically redlined Central District neighborhood.
Racial Equity Tools & Resources
Black-Owned Business to Support
Anti-Racism Reading List
Anti-Racist Resources A Google Doc. compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendell
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
Layla Saad’s Anti-Racist Reading List
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped by Kendi and Jason Reynold
This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
We Live For the We by Dani McClain
Where To Begin by Cleo Wade
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Accounts to Follow
A Guide To White Privilege (@courtneyahndesign)
How To Be Actively Antiracist (@goodgoodgoodco)