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Black Lives Matter - Our CALL TO ACTION

Updated: Jun 24

JOIN US IN OUR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT BLM:

Written by Rae Management 6/1/2020 / Updated: 6/5/20


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6/5: RECENT NEWS: "ARTS & UNITY" FUNDRAISER RECAP

Hello Rae Community,


UPDATE 6/24/2020*

We wanted to let you all know that as we were issuing out our donations, we were unable to get the right information to donate to Black Earth Farms. We attempted an electronic donation and the payment bounced back, and we did not receive a reply when asking for a mailing address. With that in mind, we have decided to donate to City of Dreams instead! We are really excited to support City of Dreams as they provide mentorship and youth development for low-income housing communities. We appreciate you all understanding as we made this change.


A huge thank you to our friends, family, and supporters for making our first “Arts & Unity” Fundraiser in Honor of Black Lives Matter a huge success! It’s up to all of us to do our part in supporting this movement and we couldn’t have done it without you! Our benefit classes received 125 reservations, raising a total of $1492 and now with our EventBrite donations we reached our goal of raising $2000. Our work is not done yet though. Continue educating yourself, stay informed, and support the movement! It is up to all of us to take steps in the right direction together. Check out the local frontline organizations we are donating to: CITY OF DREAMS & BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE.



Link to Donations Page: EventBrite here


RECAP:

  • Number of reservations: 125 Reserved participants

  • Number of attendees: 96

  • Number of additional donors: 11

  • Total amount raised: $2011.50


THANK YOU TO OUR TEACHERS, COMMUNITY AND STAFF FOR SHARING A SPACE TO BREATHE, HEAL, DANCE IN HONOR OF BLACK LIVES MATTER.


We'd like to recognize the following people who've dedicated their time in efforts of producing this event.


AIYISHA CASTILLO - Provided Guided Breath and Meditation for Healing

ANDY CHUNG - Producer, Operations, Marketing, Customer Service

JEANNIE HALVORSON - Zumba Dance Class

JEREMEY LAWSON - Move 2 Move, Modern Dance Class

JESSICA RAE - Producer, Operations, Marketing, Customer Service

JORDAN SINGLETARY - Hip Hop Dance Class

JUSTIN MODELISTE - Hip Hop Dance Class

KEVIN WONG - Producer, Operations, Marketing, Customer Service

LYDIA CHON - Guided Stretch, Meditation and Poetry Reading

NAMAAD JACKSON - Lyrical Hip Hop Dance Class

SULIMAN NAWID - Live Body Art Showcase








6/1: OUR CALL TO ACTION:  
THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE!  JOIN US:

JOIN US AS WE CONTINUE TO LISTEN, VOICE, AND ACT IN HONOR OF BLACK LIVES MATTER:

  • We ask our community to join us this Tuesday, June 2nd for the “Tuesday Black Out” to stand in solidarity of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor among countless others. "We stand with the Black Community - our employees, our partners, artists, and creators - in the fight against racism, injustice and inequality".


  • For this and continued weeks, please note that we've given our teachers full rights and flexibility to teach or opt out teaching classes. We want to be considerate of our instructors mental, emotional and physical well being .


  • In joint effort with our team, Rae Studios Presents: A dedication event: “Art and Unity” A Fundraiser in Honor of Black Lives Matter, Thursday, June 4th 5pm-9pm. We will be creating a virtual space that allows artists and performers to create awareness through art and movement. Please stay tuned as we continue to create the schedule. A playbill with the performance acts, workshops, and classes will be announced soon. See the flyer invitation below and save the date. | We are still accepting donations. Follow our EventBrite link here to find more information.


  • Educational Resources: Lectures, Workshops, Open Forum Discussion, Wellness Therapy incorporated into our General Program and Class Schedule.


  • Voting & Education Advocacy: Save the Date 11/3/20 vote.org


PAST EVENTS:
6/4:  "ARTS & UNITY" FUNDRAISER


“Art and Unity” A Fundraiser in Honor of Black Lives Matter (JUNE 4TH, 2020)

GRAPHICS BY: ANDY BLAKE PHOTO

PRODUCED BY: RAE COMMUNITY

In our efforts to continue fighting against social injustice and to support the#blacklivesmatter movement, we present our “Arts & Unity” Fundraiser tomorrow, June 4th 2020 from 5pm - 9pm. The organizations we have selected are @blackvisionscollective @blackearthfarms.


"Art and Unity” A Fundraiser in Honor of Black Lives Matter. As mentioned by our peers, it is important that we stand together. We have a special program for the event where various sessions create awareness through art as therapy.


ART & UNITY: 
Link to register: https://www.raestudios-sf.com/sign-up

EVENT DATE: THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH 2020

LOCATION: VIRTUAL RAE STUDIOS (VIRTUAL S1 & S2)

TIME: 5:00PM - 9:00PM PDT

PRICE: $10 & UP SUGGESTED DONATION BASED ( NOTAFLOF = No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds)

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS:


THE BLACK EARTH FARMS COLLECTIVE

https://www.blackearthfarms.com/ | IG: @blackearthfarms

The Black Earth Farms Collective is an agroecological lighthouse organization composed of skilled Pan-African and Pan-Indigenous farmers, builders and educators who spread ancestral knowledge and train community members to build collectivized, autonomous, and chemical free food systems in urban and peri-urban environments throughout the Greater East San Francisco Bay Area.

BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/ IG: @blackvisionscollective

Black Visions Collective (BLVC) is committed to a long term vision in which ALL Black lives not only matter, but are able to thrive. BLVC believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.

ART & UNITY: 
Link to register: https://www.raestudios-sf.com/sign-up

ARTS AND UNITY PROGRAM


5:00pm - 5:45pm | Guided Breath and Meditation for Healing [All-Levels] w/ Aiyisha Castillo

5:00pm - 5:45pm | Zumba [All-Levels] w/ Jeannie Halvorson

6:00pm - 6:45pm | Live Body Art Show in Dedication to Black Lives Matter w/ Suliman Nawid

6:00pm - 6:45pm | Move 2 Move, Modern Dance [All-Levels] w/ Jeremy Lawson

7:00pm - 7:45pm | Hip Hop [All-Levels] w/ Jordan Singletary

7:00pm - 7:45pm | Lyrical Hip Hop [Intermediate] w/ Justin Modeliste

8:00pm - 8:45pm | Guided Stretch and Meditation [All-Levels] w/ Lydia Chon

8:00pm - 8:45pm | Lyrical Hip Hop [All-Levels] w/ Namaad Jackson


First time taking an online class with us? Check out this blog post for tips and tricks. All classes are held over ZOOM.


ART & UNITY: 
Link to register: https://www.raestudios-sf.com/sign-up

Link to register: https://www.raestudios-sf.com/sign-up


6/2:  BLACK OUT TUESDAY | TAKING A SOCIAL STANCE

BLACKOUT TUESDAY (JUNE 2ND, 2020)


We ask our instructors and community to join us this Tuesday, June 2nd for the “Tuesday Black Out” stance in solidarity of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor among may others. “We stand with the Black Community - our employees, our partners, artists, and creators - in the fight against racism, injustice and inequality.”


The music industry is asking everyone to disconnect from work and to connect to our community. We as leaders in the dance community will support by:

  1. Suspending all music streams and YouTube streams for the day

  2. Canceling all classes on Tuesday, June 2nd.

  3. No posing on Social Media

  4. Only post a BLANK BLACK image on all social media platforms for solidarity

  5. DO NOT USE #BLACKLIVESMATTER - INSTEAD USE: #BLACKOUTTUESDAY

Here is a link to the Billboard’s article on Blackout Tuesday. Here is a link to an IG post about Blackout Tuesday.



RESOURCE TOOLS: WAYS TO EDUCATE, STAY CONNECTED & CONTRIBUTE:


Thank you all for supporting us at this time. As a company, it is extremely important that we support the BLM movement. With that, we created this blog post with some resources / links for you to reference. We understand that there are many more ways to support this movement, educationally, creating awareness, social platforms, fundraising and most importantly voicing our racial injustices. We will continue to update this page with more information as we work around the clock to support our teachers and community. Contact us at jrae@raeagency.com


PETITIONS:

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#petitions


https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#text


https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd


You can also text "FLOYD" to 55156 to sign the petition.


https://www.change.org/p/district-attorney-tom-durden-justice-for-ahmaud-arbery-i-run-with-maud?signed=true



EDUCATION:


Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Oct 13 Written By Katrina Michie:

https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR22vQitgnDd3xtKmcBIaZKPXoQNrgEBXZrm4J85OrqzAuXPuGyiaR33N0o


Anti-Racism Resources

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?pru=AAABcnX07hc*Pm8gUUGqTq4TxCwAWKNadg&fbclid=IwAR3VJjOlvxyLY71IXCii-wQ7XZIvMouSTprQOzUcm7y7eysphhWWJhKvLNU


https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#educate


DONATION:


Link to larger lists:

Bail Funds/Legal Help by City:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X4-YS3vFn5CLL9QtJSU0xqmTh_h8XilXgOqGAjZISBI/edit?fbclid=IwAR0NEhFDHLcDLYD8uXBEcu42saOEG5DfjQP8Xt9ZMwrmamtCWLMYv9KsWbU

Regularly updated list of bail funds to support as protests spread:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZIvDZpHqvNZkf8dGFXVjfk-Wq0Y9FTG410NJbH_8K8M


List of Bail Funds for Protestors across the Country:

https://bailfunds.github.io/


https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#donate

Individual links:

Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to assist protesters in Minnesota:

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate


Donate to the Brooklyn Bail Fund to assist protesters in Brooklyn:

https://brooklynbailfund.org/donate


Donate to Black Lives Matter:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019


Donate to The Bail Project:

https://bailproject.org


Donate to George Floyd Memorial Fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd


Donate to Reclaim the Block:

https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2


Donate to the #SayHerName campaign:

https://aapf.org/support


Donate to the Ahmaud Arbery memorial fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud


Donate to the Northstar Health Collective mutual aid fund:

https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/about-us-1


Donate to Unicorn Riot to help provide accurate on the ground coverage:

https://unicornriot.ninja/donate/



Follow this google doc link to find our resources page we've created for you all!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UFGEiF7I_sc54Mo3iHCNlUgMoOlykkrqzDtfw8bh7sI/edit?usp=sharing



A Guide to Allyship (5_28_2020)pdf

From: Kyle Sherwood

Model - Rae Agency

Allyship

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sherwoodkyle


Toolkitpdf

From: Barack Obama

PUBLIC SAFETY: An Advocacy Toolkit for Faire, Safe, and Effective Community Policing

IG: @barackobama


A Guide to Creating and Cultivating a Sa

From: Rae Studios Management

A Guide to Creating and Cultivating a Safe Space inside our Dance Community. For teachers by teachers

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SOCIAL POSTS AWARENESS TOOLS:  Share #repost @raestudiossf

Graphic Credits: ANDY BLAKE PHOTO


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