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#BlackLivesMatter: A Letter from The LP

July 13, 2016

later that night

i held an atlas in my lap

ran my fingers across the whole world

and whispered

where does it hurt?

 

it answered

everywhere

everywhere

everywhere.

Warsan Shire

 

Dear LP Family,

 

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland. We are heavy-hearted that one year later we find ourselves once again trying to make sense of the gross disregard and disrespect for life in the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the loss of the hundreds of lives of other people of color at the hands of those meant to protect them.

 

The Laundromat Project sees artists as unique connectors who build bridges with community members across disparate ideas, cultures, and points of view. Artists are dynamic and powerful assets in our communities, bringing unconventional perspectives and creative solutions to challenges and situations, particularly during these troubling times.

 

As an organization that truly values active listening and learning, we want to work with our LP family and discuss actions and solutions as we consider the notion of justice. In this critical time, we are calling on our artists, community members, and supporters to contribute creative responses: artwork, writings, educational resources, ideas, and anything else you’d like to offer so we may share and amplify. Art and creativity has always led to transformative change and solutions to seemingly insurmountable struggles, and we are confident that it will continue to do so. Art has also provided respite. During times like these, we need respite just as much as we need action.

 

The LP is working to create a world where our neighbors know the power of their own creative capacity to transform their lives, their relationships, and their surroundings. We need this now more than ever. Whether taking creative or political action, or both, remember that your life, your words, your art, and your voice matter. And we cannot underscore enough that #BlackLivesMatter is not an anti-police sentiment. We support fair, conscientious, and careful policing in our communities. It simply means advocating for dignity, justice, and respect. #BlackLivesMatter is a call to focus on lives that have been too often undervalued in our society.

 

We invite you to share your creative responses to this moment—drawings, poems, dance, films, songs, etc–as well as your readings, curricula, self care tips, and more with The LP community, by sending them to info@laundromatproject.org. Information can be shared in all formats (images, links, videos, pdfs, etc.). We will share responses on The LP’s Black Lives Matter page, started in 2014. We will also share tips on self-care, educational resources, and details regarding actions and interventions on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also find information by following us @laundromatproject (Twitter) and @laundromat_proj (Instagram).

 

With love, care, and solidarity,

 

The Laundromat Project Board and Staff