Jam Band Community Racial Equity Commitment Statement

I am part of the predominantly white jam-band community because I love Phish, the Grateful Dead, Disco Biscuits, Goose, JRAD, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, or similar performers; and I join in a new chorus:

  • I say loud and clear that #BlackLivesMatter, and that none of us can breathe easy until all of us can breathe freely.

  • I assert and understand that there is white privilege baked into a scene in which 90% or more attendees at any given event are white, and this affects the way we are policed and otherwise treated, and how we treat each other. If I am a person of color, I may wrestle with its consequences. If I am white, I own that privilege and accept the responsibility to push back on it.

  • I pledge to take ongoing action for racial justice in the U.S., including speaking out and using my resources in a way that may make me feel uncomfortable.  If I am white, I commit to prioritizing Black and brown people’s safety over my comfort.

  • I urge my favorite bands in this community to continue this fight well past #BlackoutTuesday and to use their platforms and power to fight for real changes in their organizations, at venues they play, among their fanbases, within the music industry, and beyond.

  • I want to see our community become more inclusive and antiracist and mobilize as a force for racial equity in our broader world.  I will work to make this happen now.

Signing this letter does not equal taking action; rather, taking action by contributing money, educating myself on racial equity issues, speaking out, attending protests and other events, having difficult conversations with friends or family, etc. is a prerequisite for signing this letter.

Key Actions You Can Take Today

  1. Contribute to Color of Change to help advocate policy changes or elect pro-Black candidates and text DEMAND to 55156 to get on their action list.

  2. Follow and amplify Black people doing anti-racism work and pay them for the resources and education they provide. Some suggestions to get you started: Rachel Cargle, Ally Henny, Ericka Hart. The pages of White Girl Learning and Jen Winston are other good places to find resources you can amplify (making sure to give credit to the original creator!).

  3. Learn why prosecutors are the most powerful people in the criminal justice systemand demand community accountability from your local prosecutor at WinningJustice.org.

Signatories: (Updated as of 9pm ET 7/30)

  • Joey Ereñeta, PHRE co-chair
  • Claudia Henao, PHRE
  • Malcolm Howard, PHRE co-chair
  • Adam Lioz, PHRE co-chair
  • Rupa Mitra, PHRE co-chair
  • Kate Pazoles, PHRE co-chair
  • Carrie Staller, PHRE
  • Connor Lord, Phans for Black Lives Matter
  • Kate Aly-Brady, PHRE
  • Cheryl
  • Lucy Flood
  • Stephanie Jenkins, Oregon State University, Philosophy School of Phish and Access Me
  • Ayla Goetsch
  • Allie Blum, The Good Newsletter
  • David Beckwith
  • Emily Popper
  • Christine Lafferty
  • Kevin Paschall
  • Reed Meschefske, The Mockingbird Foundation Board Member
  • Kellan Hays
  • Dylan McGlynn
  • Adeline Englehart
  • Amanda Munley
  • Sarah Dobbins
  • Shelly Duren 
  • Lucy Montgomery
  • Jordan Ludyan, UW-Milwaukee
  • Leah Cardoz
  • Chris Cagle, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Desiree Hallock
  • Adam Scheinberg
  • Kelia Veiga
  • Drew Hitz, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Chip Parker, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Sarah Davis Dean 
  • Julia Skonicki
  • Jessica Prince
  • John Boatner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Sarah Hutchinson
  • Chris Wardell
  • Jennifer Callahan 
  • Mikel Sykes 
  • William Campbell, Wook Plus
  • Nick Dikas
  • Christina A. Esparza, Chicago Resident of the 49th Ward
  • Brittany S
  • Sommer McCabe
  • Ashley Driscoll, GrooveSafe Inc
  • Aubrey Hill Kremer, Honest People
  • Kevin Shanahan, Good Foot Media
  • Debbi Kaczorowski
  • Jake Cassidy, PHRE
  • Charley Hoppe 
  • Nicole Breen
  • Matthew Chambers
  • Jim Tillman, PHRE
  • Chris Beach
  • Mary Brumet
  • Brady Cooling
  • Will Urquhart, DC Music Review, We Act Radio
  • Katrina Briddell
  • Robyn Stein
  • Kelly Leece
  • Lindsay Jutras 
  • Allegra Ceci
  • Claudia Henao
  • jenn moore
  • Kelly D. Morris, Be More Now Films
  • Josh P
  • Leah Hudson, PHRE
  • Steven Vickner, Peak Builders Network
  • Dana Deardorff
  • Rachel Ray, Rachel Ray SLP
  • Bill Ryan
  • Alex Cohn
  • Michael Shields, Across The Margin
  • Mike Ferguson
  • Jordan Carlile
  • Phil Harrison, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Rebecca Walters, PHRE
  • Nicu2dude
  • SATOSHI SAKURABA
  • Miles Gordon
  • Jennifer 
  • Sam kelsey
  • Cassy Setzler
  • Nathaniel Bowman
  • Anne chambers
  • Miranda Lovett
  • Amanda Alexander 
  • Erik East, Phans for Black Lives Matter
  • Rebecca Salit 
  • Rose Chaffee-Cohen
  • Britt Launius
  • Ryan Hayes, Queer Deadheads & Brianrobert
  • Bella Anastasio
  • Leah be3
  • Nora Lyle
  • Kate Polly
  • Marcelline Garneau
  • Ashley Jiles
  • Elli Varas
  • Chris McIntosh
  • Stephanie Hurley
  • Antonio S Rajakumaran
  • Bernadine Gates 
  • Dawn Moore, PHRE
  • Amy Lester, Vermont workers center
  • Allie Ruddock, Phish
  • Phil Harrison, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Mindi St John 
  • Emma
  • Ryan Richard. 
  • Brad Parker
  • Rebecca  Williams
  • Jessica Stuart
  • Chris
  • Sara Seepo
  • Glenn Goldstein, Hard Truckers
  • Mike Crowley 
  • Katie Chapman
  • Felicia D’Ambrosio
  • Gregg Carey
  • Aggie Clark, PHRE
  • Heather 
  • Lisa Joy Glassman, Active Potential
  • Sophie Cohen
  • Brooke Diatta
  • Heather Wolfe
  • Jnan Blau, California Polytechnic State University
  • Kathleen Hinkel, Mike Side Dyke Side
  • Aimée
  • Kimberlee Sia
  • Annie Platt
  • Douglas Loeb
  • Matthew J Fellman, Ithaca City School District
  • Sam Bexon, Jr. 
  • Sheryl Gentry
  • Patricia Russell
  • Andrew DeVellis, Mental health
  • Megan Beezley
  • Derek Java
  • Mike Kavanagh
  • Trish MacDonald
  • Karen Moldovan
  • Lauren Bartolozzi
  • Daniel Budiansky
  • Deborah Jackman 
  • Jacqueline LaForge
  • Josh Gelfand
  • Meaghan Hunt
  • Matthew Tepper, Nug
  • Chuck Swirsky
  • Bryan Lasky
  • Sherry Pritchard, Phans for Black Lives Matter, Stop judging. Start Healing.
  • Eva orbuch
  • TJ MORTON
  • Lauren Byrnes
  • John Talley
  • Stacey Brown
  • Greg Lawrence
  • Katey Arnold
  • Jason Krigsfeld, PHRE, DSA, WWP
  • Brooke Hancock, Baba Cool LLC
  • Bill Bowman
  • Brando Rich, CashorTrade
  • Jenna Wcislo
  • Kimberlee Swift
  • Andy Grygier
  • Larry Joseloff
  • Lauren Olfson
  • lindsay Brink
  • Arlene Orme
  • Lyndsi Devito
  • Saba Dilawari
  • Brandon Koebbe 
  • Jake Cohen
  • Kat Kost
  • Will Berger 
  • Chelsea Martin
  • James MacDonald, Hilltop Recording Studio
  • Ryan
  • Seth Gordon-Lipkin
  • Andrew Knopp
  • Charlie Dirksen, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Andrew Robie
  • Nathan Scott
  • Sarah (Sparkle) Kafes
  • Melanie Marcou, HeadCount
  • Adam Spiegelberg
  • Chad M McPherson
  • Ben Buehler
  • Jennifer Taylor, PHRE
  • Hannah Conheady
  • Sarah Thomas
  • Jennifer Rose
  • Danielle Pauline Jayanty
  • Ari Dublion, PowTown GetDown Radio Show
  • Kristin Rhoa
  • Carl Mead
  • Jeremy Pinquist 
  • Michele Genzer, PHRE
  • Bridget Kane
  • Rebecca Leigh
  • Cassandra Pierce
  • Lisa Morgan 
  • Karen Ducey, Moon and Sundries
  • Adam Bader
  • Emily de los Reyes
  • Sam Timberg
  • Brian Brinkman, Beyond the Pond
  • Jonathan Weber
  • Michele Abbazia
  • Devin Setnar
  • Sarah Monroe 
  • Daniel Wilets
  • Missy Steiner, PhishTrivia.com
  • Brooke Blakely Alvis
  • Dylan Lefkowitz
  • Michelle Honan
  • Sarah Manicke
  • Sammy Lilly
  • Olive Wilkes
  • Tamara Hill
  • Jamie Gouger
  • Mary Estrella
  • Connor Clay
  • Magdalena Kazmierowski
  • Laura Braunstein 
  • Sarah Allee
  • Dylan Edmonds
  • Jenna Fenner
  • Jordan, Phunkyfitness
  • Erin Rezmer 
  • Lisa Williams
  • Katherine Schultz 
  • Andrea Schmittling 
  • Natalie Gorak
  • Katelyn Siegrist
  • Jason Goldstein 
  • Jess Duhig
  • John Demeter, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Rebecca Oconnor 
  • Mike Ksenyak, PHRE
  • Steve Maine
  • Matthew Fowler
  • Scott Jones
  • Angela Bethoney, Lot Style Designs
  • Rennie Karnovich
  • Rue E Oseas
  • Jessica Zander
  • Christina McCormack
  • Nina R McDonnell, Concerned patriot and music lover
  • Hayley Tartaglia 
  • Scott Marks, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • Tuck Gillett, Telluride School District
  • Emma Stollberger
  • Grace Lombard
  • Audrey Richard
  • Kelly Brown 
  • Kelly K
  • Daryl Sommers, Realtor and Veteran
  • Owen Marmorek, IATSE Local 118
  • Sarah Glascom Morris
  • Robert Callahan
  • Hannah N Mieczkowski, Stanford University, Department of Communication
  • Keith Moore
  • Dan Halpern
  • Kimbrlei McCain
  • Margery Ellis
  • Jessica
  • Will Elmore
  • Gina Gilbert
  • Cassandra Rienzo
  • Jessica Sherman
  • Alli Robbins
  • Maxwell
  • Jordan 
  • Emily Tillman, PHRE
  • Mercie Mejia
  • Michelle Giampapa
  • Sarah Jackson, Reclaim Purpose
  • Meredith Durham Bretz
  • David
  • Jaimee Mendillo
  • Patrick Jordan Red Light Management 
  • Marc Weinstein, Gamehendge Ranger Station
  • Amber Miller, 1972
  • Evin OCleary, Goddamn Hippies Shop
  • Tammy Bekkala
  • Erin Brady
  • Jilly Ryan
  • Taraleigh Weathers, Rocking Life 
  • Porter Watson
  • Laura Merrick
  • Peter Skewes-Cox, The Mockingbird Foundation 
  • Sofia Martin
  • Hope Blanchette
  • Joe Bastian
  • Mechelle Zarou
  • John DeGarmo
  • Julie Miller
  • Sabrina Ahmed 
  • Rachel Botter
  • Ellis Godard, The Mockingbird Foundation
  • RJ Bee, Osiris Media
  • Douglas Chermak
  • Stephen Sisselman
  • Adam Bratter
  • David Neveux 
  • Sarah Rowe
  • Mark, Teacher
  • Joe Rivera, Queer Deadheads & BrianRobert
  • Matt Fleming
  • Dana Foster
  • Peter Kuhn
  • Michael Tenofsky, PHRE
  • Jessica Fleming 
  • Travis pianojamman meyer, Pianojamman
  • Cait
  • Mark Steinberg
  • Mackenzie Turner
  • Jami Smith
  • Lauren Vella
  • Katrina Geary
  • Aliza Mattrazzo 
  • Randy Browning
  • Jenna Fenner, Director of Home!
  • Abbey Blume
  • Robert Henry Grayson
  • Andy Bernstein, HeadCount
  • Aryn Townsley
  • Lauren
  • Chelsea Burns
  • Ava Bishop
  • Jessica Hans-Smolin
  • George Fetner, George Fetner and the Strays 
  • Cara Mitchell
  • Trish Geary
  • Marcia Cheney
  • Connor Krudys
  • Daniel Shankin, Tam Integration
  • Laura, Back Patio Event Design
  • Jennifer Norris
  • Jessica Armstrong
  • Maggie Boland
  • Amy Speanburg
  • Jennifer
  • Dianna Hank
  • Michelle, Girl Tour
  • Lauren Pinto, The Helping Friendly Box
  • Sarah  Cavallaro 
  • Mike Therriault
  • Max Mosco, Koodookoo
  • Amanda Jones, Mike Side Dyke Side
  • Jennifer Randall
  • Naomi Liebhold
  • Isabel Eljaiek
  • Brett Magdovitz 
  • Ivy Schlegel
  • Tom Seidner 
  • Danielle Swan 
  • Cara DAmico
  • Cara, The Freaks!!
  • Jacob Tesch
  • Oteil Burbridge, Human Race
  • Nazia Salam
  • Alexa Alianiello
  • R. Bennett Ramirez
  • Keith Glidden
  • Lindsay Nemeth 
  • John Merritt
  • Sunshine (García) Becker, Sunshine García Band, SoVoSó
  • Erika Rosenberg
  • Kristin Lovelace-Ross
  • Beth Lipschutz
  • Brett Brenton 
  • Emily Tarquin, Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Aaron Goodman
  • Matt Emmer
  • Lindsay Garito, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University
  • Bryan Sebok, Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark College
  • Rachel Schwartz
  • April Bauguess
  • Charmaine Baker
  • Cullen Murr
  • Danielle Kulas
  • Julie Mills-Cannon
  • Suzanne Ashkenazy 
  • Tommy Morris
  • Melissa Heser
  • Krista Berry
  • Danielle Soloff, Danielle Soloff Photography
  • Kelia Veiga
  • John Merritt
  • Rayland Baxter, The Flotation Society
  • Alexis Braun, Unbreakable Net
  • Winston Watson
  • Jamie Parnes
  • Aleks Taylor, PHRE & DMB Ant Hill
  • Amy Verebay
  • Nicole Isenbarger, Costal Carolina University
  • Sabrina Granner
  • Timothy Wheaton
  • Emily Murphy
  • Alexis Neumann
  • Jessica O’Sullivan
  • Timothy Donahue, wook+
  • Ryan Heimberger

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