The singers of Calliope Women’s Chorus have voted to adopt the following statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The mission of Calliope Women’s Chorus is to create an artistic space where feminist, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans* and ally women can be themselves without apology. We are women from all walks of life, who actively work for peace and justice. We are messengers in song, and we value our connections with each other in the face of a society that does not always recognize our full value as both human beings and women.
The Black Lives Matter movement calls for reform in our institutions and in our hearts that will allow people of color to also live and thrive without apology. The values of the feminist and LGBTQIA spheres share much in common with the values of the Black Lives Matter movement—community, freedom of speech, empowerment, respect for our differences, fierce love of life, and a refusal to be made to feel that we are somehow less in the eyes of those with traditional forms of privilege. And yet we acknowledge that, historically, white women and LGBTQIA activists have not joined hands with people of color to pursue racial justice.
Calliope Women’s Chorus wishes to proclaim support for the Black Lives Matter movement and stand respectfully as allies within the social justice community. We will continue to actively engage with our privilege to better understand the interconnection between racial justice and issues impacting women and the LGBTQIA community, as well as the systemic oppression unique to the experiences of people of color.