Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jun 01, 2020

A Public Announcement from The Moth

by The Moth

Dear Moth Community, 

To our Black listeners, show attendees, members, supporters, staff, instructors, and partners, please know that we are thinking of you, we hear you and we stand with you in the fight against racism, violence, police brutality and inequality in America.

To the non-Black community, we implore you to take action: have hard conversations about race and inequality within your circles, speak up during moments of injustice, be supportive and listen to your Black friends and colleagues, call your elected officials to advocate for change and equality, donate your time or money to causes that work to dismantle the systemic oppression of Black people in America. 

The senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have gone on for too long. We support BLACK LIVES MATTER, NAACP, ACLU, Color of Change, Black Visions Collective, and many more organizations that are working to change the narrative, to help stop racial injustice—and honor the lives and stories of those we've lost. 

Now more than ever The Moth will work to elevate more voices from the Black community. To offer a platform for these vital stories to be shared with the world. Through our Friday podcast, All Together Now: Fridays with The Moth we will feature only Black storytellers and Black hosts for the next four weeks. Through our Storytelling School with The Moth series, we will only feature stories from Black storytellers. We will postpone our upcoming fundraiser, Into the Deep: Stories of Hidden Treasures originally scheduled for tomorrow, June 2, because now is the time for mourning and organizing. Through our Community Program, we will create a Black Voices Project where we will work with other non-profit organizations—whose missions are to address and eradicate systemic racism—to share stories from the Black community. And we will continue to cast our flagship series - The Moth Mainstage - so that at least 50% of our storytellers are people of color.

Be safe, take care of yourself and when you're ready, share your story. We're listening.

-The Moth

P.S. If you are looking for resources, here are a few things we've gathered to help you as you mobilize and organize. 

Resources for the Black community

Resources for the White community

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