Tonight, we are asking our audience to share the love with some incredible organizations doing good work. If you're in a position to, please consider making a donation to one of the organizations listed below. This list was compiled by the team that created The Debates 2020.
The Bail Project - designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system - one person at a time.
National Bail Out - a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyer and activities building a community-based movement to support our folk and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Civil Rights Corps - challenges the money bail system, debtor’s prisons, privatized probation, and prosecutorial misconduct. ** Personally connected to our team
Communities United for Police Reform - working to end discriminatory policing in New York, they are advancing policies that protect the safety and rights of all New Yorkers to create true community safety.
Equal Justice Initiative - created by Bryan Stevenson, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United State, to challenge racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration - relentlessly pursues strategies to close gaps in family and community wealth to ensure all families in Central Brooklyn are prosperous and healthy.
The Hope Program - empowers New York to build sustainable futures through comprehensive training, jobs, advancement and a lifelong career support.
Liberated Capital: A Decolonizing Wealth Fund: Liberated Capital gives through a reparations model that trusts and supports the leadership of those most impacted by historical and systemic racism.
National Domestic Worker's Alliance - NDWA works for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund - Restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers are facing unprecedented economic hardship from the coronavirus crisis.
PowHer New York - is a statewide network of individuals and organizations committed to accelerating economic equality for 10 million New York women and their families.
The Worker’s Lab: 100% of your donation will go to (gig and low-income contract) workers who have lost their income because they don't qualify for employer-based benefits.
The Hope Clinic for Women - independent abortion clinic in Illinois, my aunt is the lead OBGYN there. I know the money is used well. It gets women from ~10 states weekly.
RIP Medical Debt - You donate to buy people's medical debt so that they are released from it. Because of the Wall Street craziness, your money is worth 100x its amount or something! Verified by my activist friend.
INTERSECTION OF IMMIGRATION AND LGBTQ RIGHTS
Caribbean Equality Project - empowers and strengths the marginalized voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of Caribbean origin and descent through advocacy, community organizing, education, cultural, and social programming.
Immigration Equality - is the nation’s leading LBGTQ and HIV-positive immigrant rights organization. Through direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation, we advocate for immigrants and families facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
Trans Queer Pueblo - create community solutions to solve our basic needs of LGBT+ migrants of color. They cultivate the leadership of LGBT people and migrants of color to transform our needs into community power and fight for social justice for all.
LGBTQ SERVICE ORGANIZATION
The Marsha P Johnson Institute - protects and defends the human rights of BLACK transgender people. They do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.
Sage - the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.
Asian-Pacific Environmental Network - building the power of Asian immigrant and refugee communities on the frontlines of fighting big polluters.
The Conscious Kid - an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting positive racial identity development in youth.
Emergent Fund - focuses on grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination.
Immigrant Rights fund or Racial Equity Fund within the BK Community Fund - a flexible source of support for the Foundation’s strategic initiatives, grantmaking, and leadership activities.
North Star Fund - a social justice fund that supports grassroots organizing led by communities of color building power in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Survived and Punished - organizes to de-criminalize efforts to survive domestic and sexual violence, support and free criminalized survivors, and abolish gender violence, policing, prisons, and deportations.
SUPPORTING BLACK COMMUNITIES
Black Feminist Susu - resource Black feminist leaders, organizations, and movements for transformative change.
The Loveland Foundation (Therapy Fund): financial assistance for Black women and girls seeking therapy in the U.S.
THEATER ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES
Black Feast - a creation of Black narrative and an offering to Black lineage, bringing together guests and artistic to share an intimate and sensory four-course meal. ** Personally connected to our team
Junebug Productions - based in New Orleans, emerged from the Free Southern Theater in 1980 with a mission to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community.
viBe Theater Experience - provides girls, young women, and non binary youth of color in New York City with free, high quality artistic, leadership and academic opportunities.
VOTING RIGHTS and POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
Blue Future - aims to develop and sustain a pipeline for young progressive leaders
Fair Fight - created by Stacey Abrams, they promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights.
The Debates 2020
Sunday, June 21st, 2020
Music & Poetry Preshow at 7:30pm EDT
Main Performance at 8pm EDT
Featuring Christian Ávila, Danny Bradley, Christopher DeSantis, Nadia Diamond, Ali Dineen, Amanda Ghosh, Kara Hankard, Addison Jenkins, Brandon Otis, Zac Porter, and Sully Ross
Music and poetry preshow featuring
Ali Dineen & Marlee Miller!
This moment continues to test the soul of our nation. We hope you are all safe and know how much you matter. We at Theater in Asylum are continuing to reflect and trying to grow.
We previously emailed you to say that our Debates presentation would be on Friday, June 19th. Soon after announcing, we realized that the date we picked is also Juneteenth, our nation's second Independence Day, commemorating the emancipation of Black people in the United States. We are sorry for the oversight and out of respect for Juneteenth, we are rescheduling our performance. We encourage our audience to learn more about Juneteenth here and here.
Our rescheduled date, will be the evening of Father's Day, Sunday, June 21st. A musical preshow featuring Ali Dineen will begin at 7:30pm, followed by the main event at 8pm. We are so proud of the show and hope you will join us.
The last thing today is that we'd like to remind New Yorkers that there is an election coming up! The election is Tuesday, June 23rd, and all New Yorkers are entitled to an absentee ballot, which must be requested by June 16th (that's on Tuesday!). You can request an absentee ballot here. Our full voter guide is here.
The Debates 2020
Sunday, June 21st, 2020
Musical Preshow at 7:30pm EDT
Main Performance at 8pm EDT
Safety, power, and love to you,
Paul, Katie, Kathryn, Hilarie, and Samantha
Theater in Asylum
Theater in Asylum (TIA) is a New York-based theater company founded in 2010 to challenge and empower our community. TIA joyfully pursues a rigorous research and an ensemble-driven approach to theater-making. We create performances to investigate our past, interpret our present, and imagine our future. We prize space to process, space to question—asylum—for ourselves and our community. Core programs include original productions; themed cabarets to present new work from our community; and Cold Readings to read and discuss published plays.
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