STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
We, alongside all members of the Milwaukee Theatre Alliance, believe art is a platform for good. Art speaks out against wrongs and speaks up for those who suffer. We will continue to be a voice in solidarity against racism and against a system that allows for the continued persecution and murder of Black, African-American, African, and Caribbean community members here in Milwaukee and across our country. American citizens George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are just two of the many murdered and we stand in solidarity with those seeking justice.
We know we can do better and will do better to support minority communities. We are actively working to make Milwaukee Theatre a more inclusive and diverse community and we strive to be better listeners. We are here for you. We hear you, we see you, we love you, and we support you. We are in this for the long haul.
We encourage you to donate to organizations supporting racial justice like the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Color of Change, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities and Leaders Igniting Transformation and hope you’ll support Milwaukee’s Black-owned businesses. A helpful resource can be found at MKEBlack.org.
We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.
At present, there are 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages with government-to-government relationships with the United States. The citizens of these nations are also citizens of the United States and their languages, cultures and histories are a part of our shared story. Land acknowledgements help us remember these nations and the ancestors who were stewards of the places where we live.
For more information about treaties and tribal nations visit these websites:
For the history of the name Milwaukee: Minowakiing: The Good Land | Margaret Noodin | TEDxUWMilwaukee