MARN mourns the death of Daunte Wright, another unarmed Black man whose life was taken at the hands of police violence. Daunte was a caring young man with so much life ahead of him, including watching his 2 year old son grow. “His mother described her son as “an amazing, loving kid” who “had a big heart,” “bright” smile and “loved basketball.” (source: ABC News)

Amidst the ongoing trial of Dereck Chauvin in Minneapolis for the murder of George Floyd, the neighboring community of Brooklyn Center is a new site of mourning and protests for the continued systemic racism and implicit racial bias that threatens the lives of BIPOC every day. MARN recognizes these systemic issues require ongoing systemic solutions and we need to work as a community to realize these changes for the safety and well-being of our neighbors here in Milwaukee as well. 

MARN believes that Black Lives Matter and we are committed to being an anti-racist, equitable, and accessible arts non-profit. We will continue standing with our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and POC communities, and all those fighting for racial justice. We denounce white supremacy and do not tolerate racism at any level of our organization. This commitment is an ongoing process of self and community accountability, learning, and embracing the growth that comes from this learning.

Here are few organizations you can explore and support to take action now:

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities

Milwaukee Freedom Fund

Obama Foundation