SOLIDARITY STATEMENT FOR THE MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for
self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.”
Toni Morrison

Dear Community Members,


Our organization and staff members support the movement for Black lives and stand in
solidarity with the African-, Black-, and Carribean-identified communities. We seek to support,
amplify, and uplift Black voices. We support the Black Student Union and their “May 2021
Unrelenting Anti-Blackness of 2020” demands. We denounce the UCSC administration's
complete lack of acknowledgement of such demands. Their unwillingness to take real action on
this campus is inexcusable. We resist the historical and current racist ideology that saturates our
culture. We honor the Black individuals who have lost their lives at the hands of the police, and
will continue to say their names and remember their legacy. Visit
https://sayevery.name/ for a list
that honors Black people who have been killed by the police and civilians in the U.S.

 

We seek to fight against systemic anti-Black racism and oppression both individually and
as an organization. Racism and the systems that perpetuate it, such as the prison industrial
complex and the police, must be abolished. Matchbox is committed to providing a safe and
inclusive space for Black individuals. We seek to amplify Black student voices across the UC
system, as well as publicize art and media created by Black artists. We urge our readers to visit
our website for a list of links to resources, donation sites, and education sources. We are dedicated to continuing conversations, amplifying Black voices, and using our platform to discuss the ways that the current structures in place—like media—can be adapted to support justice and radical change.

Anti-racism is a practice that requires concrete action in addition to conversations and we unwaveringly move to support the BIPOC communities as well as our commitment to our own continued education

and movements to celebrate Black artists and community members in any way possible.
 

In solidarity,
Matchbox Staff

RESOURCES:
http://criticalresistance.org/resources/
https://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/resources
Show Up for Black Liberation and Racial Justice
Anti-Racist and Criminal Justice Reform Resources
https://www.theokraproject.com/resources-1

DONATE:

https://linktr.ee/showupnow

https://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/donate

http://blackorganizingproject.org/donate-2/

https://www.theokraproject.com/sponsors-donors-1

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT FOR ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES

 

Dear Community Members,

 

We stand in solidarity with all AA/PI individuals and condemn violent acts of hate directed towards the Asian community. We mourn those whose lives were taken at the Atlanta spa shootings: Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant (maiden name Kim), Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue; as well as those who were critically injured: Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz.

 

White supremacy, in all its forms, must end, and those who perpetuate it must be held accountable. This responsibility begins with each of us being allies, educating ourselves, and supporting the people and the hundreds of cultural groups and identities that make up the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

 

We have compiled a list of resources that contains information about ways to take direct action against anti-Asian violence. It is important to continue this solidarity, and one way to do so is through actively reading and participating in critical discussions about racism, xenophobia, and allyship. Within these resources are opportunities to attend bystander intervention trainings, donate to mutual aid funds, write letters to members of congress to take action against racial profiling, and much more. We have also included links to the Gofundme pages of the victims’ families, which support them directly.

 

To continue our commitment to uplifting underrepresented student voices, we would like to invite community members to submit their own statements, thoughts, experiences, discussions and creative work to be posted on our website. Please reach out to us at matchboxmagazine@gmail.com for more details or if you know of other resources that should be on this list.

 

In Solidarity,

Matchbox Staff

RESOURCES:

Black and Asian-American Feminist Solidatiries: A Reading List

Addressing Harm, Accountability, and Healing

Asian American Community Resource

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

GOFUNDME PAGES:

Hyun Jung Grant

Suncha Kim

Paul Andre Michels

Soon Chung Park

Xiaojie Tan

Delaina Yaun

Yong Ae Yue

Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz