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A Time for Grief, Reflection, and Change

It seems each passing day since the brutal, senseless murder of George Floyed by Minneapolis police officers brings another wave of chaos and terror. Most recently in the form of a semi truck driving through protestors peacefully demonstrating in honor of George Floyd on the 35W bridge near downtown Minneapolis. Mercifully, no one seems to have been injured.

Yet we are given hope by fresh outpourings of support: community drop-off sites overflowing with donated food and supplies, neighbors showing up with brooms and dustpans to cleanup each morning, and stories of communities coming together to watch over our streets.

As we continue to grapple with the horror, grief, and anger brought on by yet another in a long list of acts of systemic violence that has stained our country’s history for centuries, we must recommit ourselves to confront injustice and continue the hard work that must be done to achieve a truly just and equitable society.

On behalf of Combustible Company, I want you to know:

  • We are calling on our elected officials to demand justice for George Floyd. Officer Chauvin’s arrest is a start, but there are three more officers involved who have not been charged yet.

  • We will continue our own work to actively confront and dismantle white supremacy, racism, and inequity and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • We call on white people to look within themselves and reflect; to acknowledge racism and white supremacy in all their implicit and explicit forms, to make intentional change, and to speak out against them no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Lastly, with those things in mind, we want to share a list of organizations and resources to engage and support during this crisis:

–Erik Hoover
Combustible Company Co-Artistic and Executive Director

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