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

June 2, 2020 music industry blackout

June 1, 2020

Trey, Mike, Page, and Jon:

Phans for Racial Equity, BrianRobert, GrooveSafe, Mike Side Dyke Side, Access Me, and Ben &Jerry’s would like to express our sincere appreciation for your decision to participate in the music industry’s “Blackout” Tuesday by postponing this week’s Dinner & A Movie broadcast and for contributing through WaterWheel to Color of Change.

From the severe racial disparities in healthcare spotlighted by COVID-19 and the senseless destruction of Black lives through unprovoked violence by vigilantes and police to the aggressive efforts by some politicians to prevent people of color from voting safely in a pandemic, these past few weeks have exposed the racism deeply embedded in America’s economy and democracy.  

Your voice carries incredible weight with our tight knit community of fans.  As representatives of Phish fans of all ages and identities, we thank you for exercising leadership by sending a strong signal to our fanbase that Black Lives Matter, that the murderers of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade must face justice, and that we cannot simply return to business as usual when “normal” is a world in which Black people are at substantial risk while jogging, bird-watching in Central Park, or indeed simply breathing.  The show must be paused.

While these regular Tuesday night broadcasts have brought the Phish community together at a difficult time, we gladly give up this solace for one week to stand with our Black and brown fellow fans and Americans to say clearly “We can’t breathe.”  We know that you have taken pains to keep the band out of politics over the years, preferring behind-the-scenes action to public statements.  But we thank you deeply for acknowledging the simple truth that ending the loss of Black lives “requires every single one of us to play an active role.” 

We also thank you for recognizing the important opportunity to mobilize the Phish community to become part of the solution by contributing to Color of Change and signaling the importance of action on behalf of racial justice.  You have appropriately focused on public health, and racism is the biggest public health crisis in America–one for which there is no vaccine.  We pledge to continue mobilizing our fellow fans to follow your lead.

Thank you again–in these difficult times your words speak deeply to us as usual: “don’t give up hope.”

Sincerely,

Phans for Racial Equity

BrianRobert

GrooveSafe

Mike Side Dyke Side

Access Me

Ben & Jerry’s

First Annual PHRE Retreat

Phriends – We can’t thank you enough for joining us at our first annual PHRE retreat on May 30th, 2020! We had many amazing conversations throughout the day, and over 100 people attended our public forum. We are so excited to continue moving this work forward and fight for racial equity in the scene and beyond.

A screenshot of PHRE co-chair Malcolm Howard presenting during our livestreamed Public Forum, next to a slide with PHRE's Activities/Projects
PHRE Co-chair Malcolm Howard presenting during the PHRE public panel.

If you missed it, you can watch our livestreams here:

Public Forum hosted by Jay Curley

Live music Party Time!

As part of the retreat, we were asking folks to donate to Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, to fund their work helping people respond effectively to injustice – a cause has always been and remains urgent. As of the end of the livestream we had raised nearly $800 for their “Voting while Black” project. If you have not given yet, please consider donating here: bit.ly/ColorOfChangePHRE

And if you enjoyed the artists who played during our livestream – including Natalie CressmanHayley JaneJackie VensonNeel SinghGarrin BenfieldGordon Sterling and Andy Greenberg – please tip them!! Their information is below:

The timing of this retreat alongside protests in many major cities across the country demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade – along with the video of Amy Cooper attempting to get Christian Cooper killed by police in Central Park –  is a reminder that this work is critical. We must address racism in this country and we must start in our homes and with each other. Please sign the petitions and join in local actions where you can:

Justice for George Floyd Justice for Breonna Taylor Justice for Tony McDade

Finally, please get involved! In addition to following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, you can email  us at phansforracialequity@gmail.com to volunteer your time and talents.

We will share more information about our strategic plan and priorities for the rest of this year in the next few weeks so please reach out if you are moved to be involved with any of our projects!

PHRE response to incident at MPP

June 28, 2019

Community Leaders & Merriweather Post Pavilion Staff:

We write to express our grave concern about an incident of racial harassment reported by one of our members at Merriweather Post Pavilion (MPP) following the Phish concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019; and to request that you take immediate action to investigate this incident and hold any responsible individual(s) fully accountable.

Phans for Racial Equity (PHRE) promotes racial equity and respect for difference within the Phish and greater jamband community and beyond. We strive to make our scene a more welcoming space for people of all races and ethnicities, bearing in mind the many ways in which race/ethnicity intersects with gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other identities. We aim to facilitate education and thoughtful engagement, first and foremost within the Phish community, about race and its intersection with other issues; give people tools to build a more welcoming environment; and activate our community to make a positive impact on racial equity in the U.S. more broadly.

One of our members, [NAME REDACTED], reported that as he was exiting MPP with his fiance [NAME REDACTED] —who is Latina—on Sunday night, a golf cart carrying up to six staff members (not clear whose staff) sped towards them and the driver yelled to his fiance “What are you? The MS-13? Are you setting up your camps?”  The others on the cart did nothing to protest his remarks.  When asked his name, the driver said “Bill.”  When [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] reported this behavior to venue staff, they were asked what they might have done to provoke the incident, and no action was taken. They have also informed MPP management about the incident through multiple channels, without sufficient response. 

This is obviously a completely unacceptable way to treat any person, including a paying guest at a Phish concert at MPP in Columbia, Howard County, Maryland.  The alleged harassment, of course, occurred in the context of rising hate / bias incidents both in Maryland and nationally.  And it comes on the heels of an incident at MPP last year in which one of our African-American members heard a venue staffer say that he “didn’t know niggers liked Phish.”  Without sufficient detail, we will not comment on whether this year’s incident amounts to a potential hate crime; but it is certainly grounds for immediate termination of the perpetrator(s)’s employment.

Phish concerts are overwhelmingly white spaces.  This alone can make it uncomfortable for people of color to attend shows and provides our community with a special responsibility for fostering a welcoming environment to ensure that people are not being kept away from a transcendent musical experience because of the color of their skin.  At an absolute minimum, it means that we must provide a safe environment free from physical or verbal harassment.  This imperative took on new urgency after a horrific incident at the Gorge Amphitheater in the summer of 2018 in which two people of color were viciously assaulted with rocks and hospitalized.  At PHRE we take this responsibility to heart, and work every day–in cooperation with band management and others–to make the Phish and broader jam-band scenes as welcoming and inclusive as we know it can be. 

Of course, City, County, and State officials share the responsibility for providing a safe environment for fans of every color and creed.  The fact that this harassment was reportedly perpetrated by someone acting in an official capacity makes it especially egregious.  The fact that there have now been incidents involving staff at MPP two years in a row is a matter of grave concern.  

Phish has played 21 concerts at MPP over the past two and a half decades, and the band’s fans have injected tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.  Our fan community has been a great boon to both the venue and local businesses in Howard County.  In return we ask that you make sure all of us feel welcome, or else none of us can.

We urge all parties responsible for the comfort and safety of Phish fans attending a concert at MPP–that is band security; venue management and security; and City, County, and State officials–to cooperate to fully investigate this incident and hold any responsible perpetrators to account.

We also urge MPP to conduct equity and inclusion training with all of its staff that covers race and other identities vulnerable to harassment such as gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and disability status.

We request that you inform us as to the progress and ultimate outcome of your investigation as well as any action taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Sincerely,

Phans for Racial Equity 

PhansForRacialEquity@gmail.com

PHRE response to reports of violence at the Gorge

There are credible reports of two troubling incidents at the Gorge, which may or may not be related–but which are each unacceptable on their own and would be even worse if connected.


First, there is photographic evidence of the presence of people with swastika tattoos who may identify as Neo-Nazis.  These people may have been present to sell nitrous on the lot or simply to troll our community–either way, they espouse (through symbols and possibly through words and actual violence) a hateful ideology which makes our scene unsafe for anyone who is not a straight, white, Christian male.  The Phish scene strives to be open and loving and that means that people who espouse hate are not welcome among us.


Second, there are credible reports that one or more people were viciously assaulted, leading to serious injury, and that one or all of these victims are people of color.  Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our loving community and we phans will not stand for it. Violence against phans of color is especially disgusting as it adds an element of justified fear to an environment that can already be challenging for some phans due to the overwhelming whiteness of the crowd.


If these incidents are connected–that is, if Neo-Nazis have targeted people of color for violence at the heart of the Phish community–we cannot find the words to express how strongly we condemn this behavior and how resolved we are to fight back.

Please hear this message from our community:

-If you are a phan of color–or an LGBTQ phan, a disabled phan, a woman phan, a Muslim or Jewish or otherwise non-Christian phan: We are with you.  We welcome you with open arms and will stand by you in solidarity. We will not tolerate violence, harassment, or any other behavior that makes you feel as if this isn’t your community–because it is.

-If you are a racist, sexist, Neo-Nazi, homophobe, or other bigot: You are not welcome in our community. We don’t want you here; we don’t want to buy your drugs; we don’t want our fellow phans to experience the slightest fear for their safety during what should be among the safest, happiest experiences of their lives.  

As a community, we pledge to contribute to assisting the victim(s) of this assault and creating a solidarity brigade that will offer real-time backup and assistance to any phan who feels threatened or uncomfortable at any Phish show. Join us to participate in the conversation and take action at the “Phans for Racial Equity” group on Facebook.

Phans for Racial Equity (PHRE) promotes racial equity, social justice, and respect for difference within the Phish and greater jamband community and beyond. We are committed to promoting thoughtful engagement with these issues, so all members of our community feel welcome, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or dis/ability. Our goals are to facilitate dialogue and education within the Phish community about race and other issues; give people tools to build a more welcoming environment; and mobilize our community to make a difference on racial equity in the U.S. more broadly.

Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk

In 2017, an article published on Headcount.org – Phish Scene So White, Let’s Talk – started a heated discussion among Phish fans about whether our scene was welcoming and inclusive for people of any race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. While there was a not-insignificant amount of backlash from the article, there were also people reaching out to phansforracialequity@gmail.com who loved the scene but saw that there was a problem, and committed to being part of the solution.