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A Message from Playwrights Canada Press

By Playwrights Canada Press Date: June 23, 2020 Tags: News

Dear readers, colleagues, and friends, 

Playwrights Canada Press condemns the racist actions and inactions that continue to take Black lives, Indigenous lives, and the lives of people of colour in Canada and the US. We mourn the deaths of Jason Collins, Eishia Hudson, Stewart Kevin Andrews, D'Andre Campbell, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Breonna Taylor, Chantel Moore, Rodney Levi, Oluwatoyin Salau, Ejaz Ahmed Choudry, and others, named and unnamed. We denounce anti-Black racism and white supremacy in all its forms. Black Lives Matter.

Sparked by the protests and calls for justice, we’ve spent recent weeks listening and learning and now we’re going to take action. It’s unfortunate that it took this particular moment of outrage for us to acknowledge that change was needed. The staff and board of Playwrights Canada Press met to talk about what concrete actions we can take to create a better work environment for current and future staff and to better represent the people we work with.

This is a start and we remain committed to open and ongoing dialogue. We will continue to educate ourselves in the ways in which we can combat systemic racism both inside and outside Playwrights Canada Press.

In solidarity,

Annie Gibson, Jessica Lewis, Blake Sproule, staff
Bilal Baig, Roberta Barker, Rick Chafe, Michelle Kneale, Josh Languedoc, Daniel Macdonald, Colleen Murphy, board of directors