Dear FAR-West Family, 

The FAR-West board stands in solidarity with Folk Alliance International and all people in our community affected by current events and the long history leading up to them. We urge you, our members, and friends to join in a day of learning and reflection. Please see the FAI message below. Stay safe. 

Carey Appel
President, FAR-West  

The board and staff of Folk Alliance International unequivocally denounce racism and remain committed to advancing social justice and cultural equity. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, and all marginalized communities and wholeheartedly join in the growing chorus of voices, both personal and institutional, speaking out against injustice, bigotry, and racial violence. 

“Hand in hand we stand as one, we push, we reach, we rise” 
From the song “We Rise” by Rhiannon Giddens 

The music industry has called for tomorrow, June 2nd to be known as Blackout Tuesday to provoke accountability and change through #TheShowMustBePaused – a day to take a beat for honest, reflective, and productive conversations about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black Community. 

FAI staff will be using the time to continue racial justice training, followed by self-education on these issues. We invite you to commit time and learn with us using any of the links found at link/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES 

Finally, we extend our sincere condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Donnie Sanders, Tony McDade, and all the others who have been taken from us by the racism we must combat. 

Black Lives Matter. 

See the FAI newsletter in your browser by clicking here: https://mailchi.mp/c19a6ac98838/theshowmustbepaused?e=3a9ec334c5


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