PAAL Statement of Commitment to Racial Justice + Call to Action
PAAL stands with Black Lives Matter and the movement against police brutality and systemic racism prevailing in all of our institutions, governments, and practices. Without deliberate anti-racist action, racism and the harm to communities of color, especially the Black community, will persist. We irrevocably join the national call for justice for George Floyd and the countless deaths and acts of racism against communities of color that have happened for generations and continue to occur every day. To our families of color, and to our Black families especially, we fight with you and for you. You deserve to be heard. You deserve to live. You deserve to be supported in this life.

We call on white parents and families to engage in education and action through this resource page, donate to organizations supporting justice for the Black community, and actively speak with your own children and communities about the necessity of taking responsibility for education and working in solidarity with communities of color.
"Certainly if the issue of parent support was reconstructed as an issue of race and racism, my response would have been activated to right the imbalance of superficial resources enacted to support parents of color in the arts."
 
- Nicole Brewer, PAAL Board Member and founder Conscientious Theatre Training
writes on "Parents of Color and The Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices" in HowlRound
As websites and digital real estate became dedicated to the COVID global pandemic, we began wondering why the same amount of real estate was not being given to the global pandemic of Racism and how we can take action to fight it. Below are resources PAAL has been intentional about implementing into our values especially as it impacts caregivers in our field, as well as external leading digital resources. These resources and conversations have taken place in various spaces and on various platforms. We've gathered them here to encourage immersive and intentional engagement with anti-racism in caregiver support. The fight for caregiver support shouldn't just "include" intersectional realities of race and gender: the fight for caregiver support must center the intersectional realities of race and gender.
We also acknowledge and support the reality that caregivers of color, particularly Mothers of Color, are leaders.
We call on our field to intentionally create support that will make their lives and professions thrive.

Vertical 50/50

PAAL's structural commitment to anti-racism is to achieve and sustain vertical 50/50. Vertical 50/50 is representation by a minimum 50% people of color on every level of the organizations structure so that there is no ceiling to the clear channel a person of color would need to see a clear path of representation throughout every aspect of PAAL's organization.

Grants

PAAL not only recommends other institutions center EDI work in their caregiver support, PAAL also centers EDI work in creating financial support wherever it's provided. This commitment includes the childcare grants, primarily, where the largest amount awarded and most grants applicable are available to mothers of color.

Work

PAAL is committed not only to organizational and messaging anti-racism, but also doing the work, actively engaging with institutions and communities to create platforms and opportunities for visibility, engagement, and implementing solutions for caregivers that are intentionally rooted in anti-racist practices

RESEARCH AND RESOURCES FROM PAAL LEADERS:

by Nicole Brewer PAAL Board _____________ In terms of parent-artist support, there needs to be an active acknowledgement and commitment through written policy about harm reduction, harm prevention, and relationship repair.

by Carmelita Becnel PAAL Steering Committee _____________ As a black stage manager and mother, the struggle against being the kind, hard-working Mammy in the room who takes care of everything is real.

by Garlia Cornelia Jones PAAL Chief Rep | NYC _____________ Deprived of the relief of going to a job I love, I am forced to face the contradictions of co-parenting with an ex.

REPORT Mothers of Color Forum | PAAL _____________ In addition to gender-based obstacles and biases, race plays a key role in identifying discrimination that negatively affects work opportunities, promotional tracks, and creating a diverse artistic community. A handful of mothers gathered, with their children playing in the space, to speak safely, freely, and anonymously in order to lay a foundation of dialogue geared toward solutions.

WATCH: Nicole Brewer, PAAL Board, speaks at the PAAL Summit _____________ Session 1, featuring a cross-section of legal and human rights experts in addition to theatre practitioners, will focus on reducing discrimination via our language, practices and policies.

by Roberta Pereira, PAAL Advisory Board; and Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL Founder _____________ The intersectional impact of RPI is one of its greatest successes. Of the individuals who received caregiver support, 71 percent were female-identifying, and more than half were women of color.

by Rachel Spencer Hewitt PAAL Founder _____________ Because mothers of color lack social and medical support, the need for professional structural support for mothers of color in major life events is even greater.

WATCH: Helen Marion + Mickey Rowe, PAAL Ambassadors _____________ Curating a children’s book collection to be more inclusive (please drop your recommendations in the comments for children’s books with excellent disability/trans/queer/POC/immigrant/etc representation). Accessibility for virtual content in the age of COVID-19... and more!

WATCH: Adriana Gaviria, PAAL Advisory Board, speaks at the PAAL Summit _____________ Session 4, Adriana Gaviria, reporting on Latinx Theatre Commons Convening Miami + PAAL session on caregiver support in the latinx community.

WATCH: PAAL + Miami in Motion (LTC) _____________ 1st natl convo for caregivers, allyship, & community in the arts specifically geared to Latinx artists facilitated by PAAL founder Rachel Hewitt + PAAL Advisory Board member Adriana Gaviria. Únase a nosotros para la primera conversación nacional para cuidadores, aliados y comunidad en las artes específicamente orientada hacia artistas Latinx facilitada por la fundadora de PAAL Rachel Hewitt y la miembro de la Junta Asesora de PAAL Adriana Gaviria

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