It should always have been a fundamental assumption seared into the bedrock of our country, as basic and universal as any of our other foundational principles.
And yet, it has never been so. In 2020, we still must stand up and say,
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
We stand with this movement to dismantle the insidious legacy of racism that permeates so much of our society. We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and every individual whose life has been stolen by racism and inequality. And we mourn them. As people all over the world are protesting day after day, week after week, we are determined that this will mark the moment of real change.
We stand in support and solidarity with all those doing this work and fighting this fight against racial injustice, so that our brothers and sisters of color no longer need to shoulder this burden alone; until they need no longer shoulder it at all. This battle for our humanity is not their fight. It is our fight.
While it has always been fundamental for us that black lives matter, and we have always worked to make our programming equitable and accessible to all, we hear the calls for increased allyship and action, and will work tirelessly to do better. We commit to listening, learning, growing, and continuing to actively be a part of an anti-racist solution.
As an educational program with the aim of mitigating the many societal issues stemming from systemic racism and inequity, we are proud to serve a predominantly non-white community, working to offer musical mentorship to those who would not typically have access to such programs. However, we recognize that such words and sentiments are not enough. We are committed to tangible, structural change in our communities, from the ground up. We are committed to making our program and community a safe space for individuals of all backgrounds and races. We are committed to combatting the systemic racial inequities that too often make participation and success in programs like ours so difficult for so many.
Harmony Project Hudson recognizes that we can and must do better on an individual and societal level, and we accept our role in the anti-racist movement. We are ready to do our part.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
We hope you will join us in this fight.
Josh Aronson, Founder Zoë Auerbach, Executive Director