Black Lives Matter

How do you dance when we still swing from trees, when we still are murdered in front of our loved ones, murdered while subdued and harmless? How do you dance when our very image as a people is used to manipulate sympathy for a system of belief that wants you and your children to be dead or in jail? You better. You better learn to listen with your body, you better play from your heart. It was a preference before, now it’s essential. Escapism has always been an adjective used to describe the dance. That’s an outsider’s view. Solidarity is what it really offers…
– Theo Parrish, 2016

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Crown Ruler acknowledges that we operate on stolen land. We pay our respects to the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, the original custodians on the land in which we work. We recognise their ongoing resistance since 1788, their ancestors and their elders past, present and future.

We are committed to standing against racism and have set out clear goals as a company to achieve real changes from within, and further to put pressure on those we engage with. With every new day we vow to be a more inclusive and anti-racist platform and service.

We wish to be transparent about our business and how it operates. As a starting point towards bridging the gap of power within the music industry, we as a company have pledged to offer all services and resources to BIPOC artists for free. That means strictly pro bono. Strictly no commission or fees on any of their work as well as dedicated free time to both mentor and find further opportunities for BIPOC careers in music.

At all Crown Ruler events we openly invite First Nations patrons to contact us for tickets and we promise to look after you.

We live, work and play on land that was forcibly taken from Aboriginal people. There has been no Treaty with the First Nations of this place and the effects of colonisation continue to this day. We have committed to pay 1% of our income to the Pay The Rent scheme quarterly. This money goes to traditional land owners to assist in their struggle for self determination and economic independence.

We will look to continue to diversify our team both from who we represent and from within the company. We openly invite any BIPOC people looking for a leg up within the music industry to come forward and we will not rest until we find genuine, lasting opportunities.

We welcome your scrutiny and feedback towards our practices and are willing to discuss with you to listen, learn and improve. Please contact us at info@crownruler.com

We acknowledge that this is an enduring battle. We will continue to evaluate our practices, and reflect on our place both within the industry and society at large. We will not be comfortable until the day we see real institutional and social change.

An Open Letter 

(First published 31st May, 2020 in response to George Floyd’s murder and the social uprising that followed)

The Crown Ruler family extends to an extremely diverse community that touches every corner of the globe. However we, the immediate staff at Crown Ruler, are a majority white. We are based in a white-dominated society. Those of us who are white, live with white privilege.

The fact of the matter is, so much of our identity revolves around, or is directly influenced by the Black American experience, as well as that of the African diaspora as a whole. We benefit from Black arts, both financially and culturally. Black America is in our favourite songs, and our most memorable parties. Black America is our heroes, our friends, our family. With white privilege, we humbly acknowledge that racial inequality is a silent gap that still exists. Whilst we as individuals may feel strongly opposed to what we see, we realise that by being white, and not actively standing against racial injustices, we are part of the system that allows racism to continue to rear its ugly head.

We will not be another cog in the system.

We see the continued racial marginalisation, persecution and exploitation around the world, and sadly too, in our own backyard. Over 400 First Nations deaths in custody with not one single conviction. Australian First Nations People are disadvantaged at virtually every conceivable level – economically, socially and culturally. By every measure, racial inequality persists, and institutions continue to be overwhelmingly controlled by white people. While most of us see ourselves as “not racist”, we continue to reproduce racist outcomes and live segregated lives.

Our privilege means we have a responsibility. It is important that we as a company, and our wider community, listen to and respect the voices of those discounted. If we wish to promote and enjoy the art and entertainment of Black culture, we simply cannot then be quiet on the uncomfortable issues.

To our black community: We are here to listen. We are here to understand. We are here to speak up. We are here to learn from our mistakes. We are here to be better.

We are here to fight by your side.

DONATE / SUPPORT

NAARM (Australia)

An extensive list of causes and funds fighting to support First Nations communities created by Kira Piru

Pay The Rent
Saying sorry isn’t enough. The Pay The Rent scheme has been actively operating to provide opportunities for non-Indigenous Australians to support initiatives controlled by the traditional land owners in their struggle for self determination and economic independence

Raide The Age
Children don’t belong in prison. In just one year across Australia close to 600 children aged 10 to 13 years were locked up and thousands more were hauled through the criminal legal system. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disproportionately impacted by these laws and pushed into prison cells at even higher rates, accounting for 65 per cent of these younger children in prisons

ANTaR
ANTaR is a non-government, not-for-profit, independent, and community-based organisation that has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders on rights and reconciliation since 1997.

Change The Record
Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal-led justice coalition, which is made up of both Aboriginal peak bodies and non-indigenous allies. With a focus on holistic early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies, Change the Record aims to address the root causes of violence against women and children, reduce reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger communities.

Supply Nation
Supply Nation provides a search engine for finding verified Indigenous businesses by name, product, service, area or category. You can find businesses to financially support in your local area through their website. The organisation partners with government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations to redirect spend and awareness around traditionally under-utilised Indigenous businesses

INTERNATIONAL

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, they are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

USA

Act Blue
Divide your donations equally across a collection of brilliant organizations fighting for justice and equality of human rights.

NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a US civil rights organisation that has campaigned for political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights and the elimination of race-based discrimination for over 100 years.

The Bail Project
The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail. They enable their clients to return home to their families and communities while awaiting their court dates. They call this model Community Release with Support.

UK

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
As well as campaigning for racial justice and fairness, the charitable foundation does amazing work helping young people to transform their lives by overcoming disadvantage and discrimination, supporting them through sustainable careers.

Inquest
The only UK charity providing expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, advice and support agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Specialist casework includes deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.

RESOURCES

READ

White Privilege
Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Be An Ally by Deray Mckesson
The Origins of Privilege, The New Yorker
Psychological Wage by W.E.B. Du Bois
What Is White Privilege, Really? by Cory Collins

Trauma
Recommending Black Trauma Films Isn’t the Anti-Racist Move You Think It Is

1619 Project

The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 with the goal of “refram[ing] American history” around slavery and the contributions of African Americans.

Books
Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians, R. Bruce Elder
Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe
Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia, Edited by Anita Heiss: Contributors include Adam Goodes, Tony Birch, Celeste Liddle and Miranda Tapsell
Talking To My Country , Stan Grant
Between The World And Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black and British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga
Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett
Brit(ish), Afua Hirsch
Citizen, Claudia Rankine
Dark Days, James Baldwin
Diversify, June Sarpong
Don’t Touch My Hair, Emma Dabiri
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, Angela Davis
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
How To Be Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
I’m Still Here, Austin Channing Brown
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Natives, Akala
Passing , Nella Larsen
Race Matters, Cornel West
Slay In Your Lane, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
The Sellout, Paul Beatty
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
They Can’t Kill Us All, Wesley Lowery
White Girls, Hilton Als
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo
White Supremacy and Me, Layla F. Saad
Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge⁣⁣⁣
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down, Ishmael Reed
Your Silence Will Not Protect You, Audre Lorde

WATCH

Being Anti-Racist
The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist
The conversations white people should be having

Intersectionality – Feminism & Racism
Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks on Intersectionality
The urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Emma Watson in conversation with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Trauma
The trauma of systemic racism
The N Word

More
Black Lives Matter on SBS
Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky
Utopia
In My Blood It Runs
Sweet Country
Ten Canoes
The Australian Dream
A Real History of Aboriginal Australians, The First Agriculturalists TEDtalk
The Black Power Mixtape
13th
Angela Davis in conversation
Code Switch
Fruitvale Station 
I Am Not Your Negro
Just Mercy
Nelson Mandela 
Sun Ra: Space Is The Place
The Color of Fear
The Hate U Give
Roots: The Saga Of An American Family 
How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
Wattstax
Babylon

LISTEN

Race Matters
Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories
AWAYE! – ABC
Pod Save The People – Crooked Media
Code Switch – NPR
Witness Black History – BBC
Afro Queer
About Race

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