Juneteenth

June 19, 2020 

In honor of Juneteenth, the Playhouse staff has compiled a list of organizations that inspire us. We hope you will take the day to learn more about Connecticut’s slave-holding history and join, volunteer, or donate to groups who support and advocate for Black lives in our community and across the nation.

What is Juneteenth?

The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture (Juneteenth celebration)

National Museum of African American History & Culture (Juneteenth celebration)

The African Americans Many Rivers to Cross, What is Juneteenth by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Westport Museum for History & Culture 

Virtual Exhibit | Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport (click tours, Remembered exhibit, then begin in the upper right hand corner)


June 19, 5 PM | Chats On the Past: Kyle Bass | Free with Registration

Live Author Talk on Zoom with theater professor and playwright, Kyle Bass, who will discuss his play Possessing Harriet the story of an enslaved woman Harriet Powell, traveling with her captors from the South to Upstate New York, who finds refuge in the home of abolitionist Gerrit Smith and there meets his young cousin Elizabeth Cady (later Stanton). Kyle will also discuss his play in progress about his ancestors Tim & Lill Bennett who were enslaved in Westport in a home on Compo Road South as well as take questions from viewers.  


African American History

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration & The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Fairfield County:

Bridgeport Anti-Racism Collective

Hall Neighborhood House

Connect-US

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club (Southport, Fairfield, Bridgeport)

Jack & Jill Foundation 

 

Trans People of Color:

The Next Generation Project | @wearetngproject Instagram  

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
The Black Trans Fund
The Okra Project

Black Visions Collective

The Black Trans Femmes in the Arts Collective | @bftacollective  TwitterInstagram & Facebook 


How to Support Protesters and Other Resources

June 2, 2020

What are we protesting for?

We are protesting for a conviction and full sentencing for the ex-cop who murdered George Floyd. We are protesting for conviction of the other 3 cops complicit in his murder. 

We are protesting for all cops guilty of police brutality to be charged and convicted of their crimes.

We are protesting for police reform and dismantling of racist policies and systems that disproportionally affect black citizens.


What can I do?
There are many roles to be played in protesting injustice — some on the ground, and some not.


Information for protesters
For those of you who would like and are able to protest on the ground, we have compiled a guide for your safety and support.

DOWNLOAD GUIDE


Unable to join in person? Here's how you can help
In your community, find out protester’s demands and contact the offices of district attorneys and elected officials to ask that they be met. Donate to relevant funds or to election campaigns of Black candidatesVote in national, state, and local elections.

If you are able, show up to the area where protesters are meeting to offer or leave cases of water, bags of snacks, milk, etc. Offer to pay for supplies for protesters. Share information of planned protests on social media.


For Connecticut voters
Judicial Districts and State’s Attorneys
Find your elected officials
Voting Information

Donate to bail funds
Connecticut
National Bail Fund Network

Donate to affected families
George Floyd
Tony McDade
Ahmaud Arbery

Sign petitions
Justice for George Floyd
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for David McAtee
Justice for Tony McDade
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Hands Up Act
More petitions to sign (courtesy of Black Lives Matter)

Have questions?
Email info@westportplayhouse.org