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SF BALLET STANDS AGAINST HATE

SF BALLET STANDS AGAINST HATE

EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE SAFE

Dear SF Ballet Advocates,

The Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has been targets in a growing number of racially motivated attacks since the pandemic. On Friday, February 26, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would investigate the rising tide of hate crimes against Asians. In addition, members of our SF Ballet community have experienced a range of hate activity as part of their everyday activities that is disturbing and unacceptable. We stand in solidarity with our AAPI community.

We invite you to become an advocate for stopping hate wherever and whenever it occurs in our community. Over the next few weeks, we want to share a series of video messages from across our organization, beginning with the below choreographic statement from our dancers.

GET THE WORD OUT

We realize that this is just one step in developing our will and commitment to showing up as authentic partners for all our communities, throughout and beyond crises. Below, we have offered some resources to share.

  • Connect with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (@cccsanfrancisco) for resources to support Chinatown.
  • Visit StopAAPIHate.org for more on how to stay informed, act, and stand together to show up for the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander community.
  • Sign up to volunteer to escort AAPI elders in Oakland here.
  • If you know of anyone who has been affected by hate violence, urge them to report it here.
  • A useful toolkit is available from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
  • Elevate anti-hate solidarity by using these hashtags on social media: #StopAsianHate #ArtAndActivism #HonorAllOurElders

 

Sincerely,

Helgi Tomasson
Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer

Kelly Tweeddale
Executive Director