STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

Black Lives Matter

As an organization, we want to say unequivocally that BLACK LIVES MATTER. We stand in mourning of the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, and the countless other Black people who have been the victims of violent, systemic injustice.

The movement to dismantle systemic racial injustice asks that we examine our beliefs, educate ourselves, increase empathy, and amplify, center, and support marginalized voices within our community and within our work.

As we experience the grief and the power of this moment in history, our organization is looking inward to develop long-term strategies for increasing equity and access in our programming, planning towards sustained, substantive, non-performative betterment. We know that a well-meaning declaration of intent will be meaningless without ongoing effort. Our resources are limited, our efforts will be imperfect, and we will continue to learn as we go. As a team, we are committed to holding each other accountable, sharing in challenging conversations, and building on the momentum of this moment. As an organization, we are committed to helping develop and amplify long-repressed voices.

Wordcrafters exists to serve our community and help our writers and readers find their voice in these challenging times. Writing and storytelling are tools for self-examination. Reading and listening are tools for self-education and empathy building. We believe in the power of deconstructing old stories, and the power of writing new ones.

“Healing begins where the wound was made.”

–Alice Walker

Your Wordcrafters Team
Daryll Lynne Evans, Executive Director, Jorah LaFleur, Leah Velez