Anti-Racism Toolkit

(A Living Document)

Our Anti-Racism Statement

We acknowledge and hear you. "We are the change" each time we use our collective voices. Stumptown Stages is committed to an antiracism action plan for our work environments that cares for and sustains BIPOC artistry and lives.

 

Below is a list of action items and how we at Stumptown Stages are implementing them to harness the energy toward making true progress.

 

ACTION: contracted an equity, diversity and inclusion coach to train our board of directors and artistic leaders

 

  • STATUS: Stumptown Stages has committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Learning Courses within a permanent DEI budget line item. Training's will focus on nine core learning goals: Racial Identity, Defining Zones of Safety, Emotions and DEI; Historical Timeline, Dominant Culture, Detours, Microaggressions, Oppression Definitions and Coaching Strategies.

 

  • STATUS: Stumptown Stages has implemented an EDI Liaison position for each production. The EDI Liaison will receive leadership and conflict management training from our contracted EDI coach, helping them to anticipate and address any EDI gaps or concerns during production. The EDI Liaison is a safe conduit for cast and crew members to anonymously communicate EDI workplace needs, concerns, and conditions to the producing party.

 

ACTION: breaking down social economic barriers

  • STATUS: Stumptown Stages has reached out and instigated Collective Bargaining Agreement conversations with the Musicians Union (IATSE Local 99) and Stagehands Union (IATSE Local 28). 

 

  • Stumptown Stages will extend payment for artists to attend donor events, including post-show talkbacks.

 

  • Stumptown Stages will extend payment for artists to attend donor events, including post-show talkbacks.

 

  • Stumptown Stages will eliminate the “10 out of 12” technical rehearsal from its future artistic practice.

 

  • Stumptown Stages will move away from the six-day rehearsal week, and instead standardize a five-day rehearsal week. Each production process will be designed to facilitate this shift, allowing artists, stage managers, crew and support staff adequate rest.

 

ACTION: leaning in, listening and taking action.

 

  • STATUS: This is a “living” document. Our work at Stumptown Stages honors the efforts of BIPOC theater makers who have lifted their voices against racism in the American Theatre for generations. Stumptown Stages adds its voice to these efforts, not just through words, but through the execution of concrete action plans.

This is a “living” document. Our work at Stumptown Stages honors the efforts of BIPOC theater makers who have lifted their voices against racism in the American Theatre for generations. Stumptown Stages adds its voice to these efforts, not just through words, but through the execution of concrete action plans.

We welcome the continued conversations with our beloved theatre community. We have much work to do because #BlackLivesMatter!!

Stumptown Stages Land Acknowledgement

Stumptown Stages recognizes, acknowledges and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands, the theatre now stands. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence. 

 

Ways You Can Help

Coalition of Communities of Color

https://www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org/take-action

PAALF
https://www.paalf.org

NAACP of Portland
https://pdxnaacp.org

The Urban League of Portland
https://ulpdx.org

Black United Fund
https://www.bufor.org/about

Don't Shoot Portland
https://www.dontshootpdx.org/about-us/

An Anti-racist Reading List

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html

The Case for Reparations:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

Participate in anti-racism trainings:

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond:

https://www.pisab.org/programs/

 

Off the Mat, Into the Word:

https://otmtraining.offthematintotheworld.org/p/dismantling-racism-cr

 

Michelle C. Johnson:

https://www.michellecjohnson.com/skill-in-action-book
 

Southern Poverty Law Center:

https://www.splcenter.org/teaching-tolerance

 

64 Things White People can do for Racial Justice:

https://medium.com/@cshutack/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Rachel Cargle:

https://mailchi.mp/rachelcargle/dothework-course-all-30days

 

Take an Implicit Bias Test

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Read

  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

  • The 1619 Project https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

  • Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/

  • Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Listen/Watch

​Nikole Hannah-Jones' 1619 Podcast:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

Ibram X. Kendi's Unlocking Us:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html

Brene Brown's Shame and Accountability:

https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-shame-and-accountability/

Pancho Savery's Feeling Bookish

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/african-american-literature-in-george-floyd-moment/id1438983607?i=1000479006242

Ava DuVernay's 13th

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

Oregon Black history timeline video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo2RVOunsZ8

 

Walidah Imarisha PDX Talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTZlNEZ3NEw

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