Over the past 40 years, Core Dance has engaged in thoughtful dialogue with many causes and issues that have come to face our world. If you're wondering what you can do to support and engage with these causes personally, take a look at the following links...
Advocate for Social Justice
Core Dance is a member of Alternate ROOTS. Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.
National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal
“The portal offers a wealth of resources to inform and guide discussions—videos, role-playing exercises, targeted questions and more. We hope that people will use this site to become more comfortable about engaging in honest dialogue and self-reflection.” -Spencer Crew, interim director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Color of Change
Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. "As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real." Follow for more info or donate to support.
Just Georgia seeks to address the immediate and long-term needs of Georgians impacted by state violence, mass incarceration and other systems of oppression, and have crafted short-term demands such that they do not ultimately bolster or strengthen oppressive systems and/or institutions. Follow for more info or donate to support.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility”
Video (with closed captions).
Dismantling Racism Works - web workbook
This website is a web-based version of a workbook designed originally to support the Dismantling Racism workshop offered by Dismantling Racism Works, a training collaborative that is not offering workshops or consulting support at this time. Provides resources, tools, and graphics.
5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence
“In this moment, we know there are thousands of white people who are looking for direction and a way to show up alongside Black communities and communities of color. Welcome. You are needed. Here are a few ways to start showing up — not just in words but in action.”
Dance in the Age of Black Lives Matter
A 2016 Dance Magazine article that is still relevant today.
8 Book to Read on the Intersection of Art and Politics
“The boundary between art and politics has always been porous — if, in fact, one has ever existed…”
A list of books, podcasts, articles, videos, films & TV, and organizations to follow.
Tara Brach’s List of Resources
Another list of articles, podcasts, apps, websites, and books.
Advocate for the Arts
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 2015 in the Greater Atlanta Region, 23,943 full-time equivalent jobs were supported by the arts
- In 2015 in the Greater Houston Region, 25.817 full-time equivalent jobs were supported by the arts
- For more information, see the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study by Americans for the Arts
- Art Culture Plays Big Role in Local Economy - Atlanta Regional
- Welcome to the Stage - Arts & Culture Seen
Advocate for the Environment
- Amazon Watch - Pledge to Protect the Amazon Rainforest (introduced by Leila Salazar-Lopez)
- Mission: "Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems."
- A Global Deal for Nature - Petition (introduced by Carly Vynne, PhD)
- Mission: "Sign the petition calling on world leaders to support a Global Deal for Nature that protects and restores half of the Earth’s lands and oceans."
- Drawdown Learn
- Mission: "Drawdown Learn is a broad initiative to encourage education and learning about climate solutions based on Project Drawdown’s research, analysis, and insights. Through our programs and partnerships, we are helping educators and students of all ages to understand the solutions available to address the climate crisis and create new ways of teaching and learning about Drawdown solutions."
- Cooperation Jackson (introduced by brandon king)
- Mission: "The broad mission of Cooperation Jackson is to advance the development of economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi by building a solidarity economy anchored by a network of cooperatives and other types of worker-owned and democratically self-managed enterprises."
- New Consensus (introduced by Demond Drummer)
- Mission: "We are a global, distributed network of academics, creators, activists, leaders and entrepreneurs working to make the new consensus the standard operating system for national economies around the world."
- Youth Vs. Apocalypse (introduced by Isha Clarke)
- Mission: "Youth Vs. Apocalypse is a diverse group of young climate justice activists working together to lift the voices of youth, in particular youth of color, and fight for a livable climate and an equitable, sustainable, and just world."
- Schumacher Center for a New Economics (introduced by Greg Watson)
- Mission: "To envision a just and sustainable global economy; apply the concepts locally; then share the results for broad replication."
- Democracy Collaborative (introduced by Ted Howard)
- Mission: "Through our cutting edge research and our many diverse programs, The Democracy Collaborative works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life."
- Seed Sovereignty (introduced by Christine Nobiss)
- Mission: "Seed Sovereignty reclaims seeds and Biodiversity as commons and public good. The farmer's rights to breed and exchange diverse Open Source Seeds which can be saved and which are not patented, genetically modified, owned or controlled by emerging seed giants."
- Coral Reef Alliance (introduced by Madhavi Colton)
- Mission: "We work collaboratively with communities to reduce direct threats to reefs in ways that provide long-term benefits to people and wildlife."