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
Bridgeport Anti-Racism Collective
Hall Neighborhood House
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 Twitter, Instagram & 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.
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 candidates. Vote 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.