As the nation continues to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, the music industry has come together to call for a blackout. On June 2, Alternative Press will join the artists, labels, publicists and publications who will take part in the #TheShowMustBePaused initiative for a day of silence to stand in solidarity against racial injustice.
The initiative was launched by Atlantic Records executive Jamila Thomas and Platoon’s Brianna Agyemany in response to the murders of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black citizens who have died at the hands of police.
While hosting the initiative on June 2 is meant to “intentionally disrupt the work week,” Thomas and Agyemany promise that it will continue past the initial 24 hours with plans of further action to be announced.
You can read the full statement from #TheShowMustBePaused below.
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You can visit theshowmustbepaused.com for more information on the initiative. Thomas and Agyemany have also included ways to show support through donations, connecting with grassroots campaigns and resources for allies, which are available below.
Donate to one or more community bail funds for protesters here.
Click here for more resources for protestors including pro-bono lawyers.
Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
Click here to connect with leaders building grassroots campaigns.
Here are some anti-racism resources for allies who want to learn more.
For other ways to donate, please head here.