We Stand In Solidarity With The AAPI Community
At GALA, we believe that inclusion, diversity, and equity are a part of what makes the United States of America the great nation it is. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of those murdered in this week’s deadly shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.
GALA and the Latinx community we represent stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In 2020 alone, anti-Asian hate crime increased 149% in 16 of America's largest cities amidst a rise in COVID-19 cases and negative stereotyping hateful rhetoric of Asians relating to the pandemic.
As a BIPOC theater, we condemn violence, misogyny, and the systemic racism. The damaging and long-standing history of white supremacy prevents our country from fully delivering the promise of the "American Dream" to all who come and live here.
GALA maintains an organizational culture of equity. We are committed to diversity at every level, including board, staff, performing artists, teaching artists, and technicians in order to create a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity and excellence, with the underlying belief that differing points of view, different cultural frames of reference, and a broad range of life experiences bring a vital energy to GALA and to our programming. Read our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement here.
In solidarity, The GALA Team
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