For our 2016-2017 season, the thematic focus of our chorale was racial justice. We define racial justice as the systematic and fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. This includes race as it relates to:
economic justice, including access to jobs and housing
inequality in education
immigration and refugee resettlement, and
American Indian rights
Racial justice in Maine reflects the existing diversity of our state, which includes new immigrants and refugees, tribal communities, and people of color who have been residents of the United States for generations. It includes the intersection of race with gender identities and economic status.
We support the Maine Initiatives’ statement on racial justice:
We affirm our collective commitment to creating a community in which all people are equally seen, valued, and respected, and race is not predictive of life outcomes. This includes acknowledging and embracing the existing diversity of our state, including our tribal communities, as well as creating opportunities for newly arriving Mainers to contribute meaningfully to our community, economy, workforce, and culture.
In our 2016-2017 concert season, we were honored to partner with In Her Presence, a local organization that offers programs to embrace, empower, and enrich the lives of immigrant women. This organization is dedicated to helping immigrant women and girls to cope with stress and feel confident in this new country, while balancing the unique and powerful cultural identity of each woman. Click here for more information on our partnership with In Her Presence.