Ebony Williams Jacob's Pillow Choreography Performance

Ebony Williams Jacob's Pillow Choreography Performance

From Ebony Williams

Creating two works, “Title IX” in support of the LGBTQ+ community, inclusivity and pronouns and "Victoria" bringing awareness to the opioid and heroine crisis.

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I have been given an incredible opportunity to choreograph for the upcoming season at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out on August 2nd, 2019. I am asking for donations to help with the costs of paying my dancers, studio space and costumes. 

Please share this cause with your friends/family or anyone you feel would be willing to contribute in support of these immensely talented artists, the LGBTQ+ community and to further spread awareness for the current opioid crisis. No donation is too small and is greatly appreciated.

"Title IX"

As artist we have the ability to create work that can shine light on concerns of the world. Spread love, make waves, or bridge the gap between ignorance and empathy! At the end of 2018 I decided that I would only create art that matters and therefore “Title IX” was born. This is why.

NEWS:

Trump administration could remove Title IX protections for transgender students.

    •    The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing a narrow legal definition under Title IX of gender as determined solely by someone's genitalia at birth that would eliminate the recognition of transgender students, according to a draft memo obtained by The New York Times.

    •    The memo argued for a definition of gender based on "a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable," and stipulated a birth certificate or genetic testing would serve as proof of sex.

    •    The draft's definition would be the largest move yet to roll back Obama-era federal protections that recognize 1.4 million Americans. 

In 2018, advocates tracked at least 26 deaths of transgender people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified. Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into unemployment, poverty, homelessness and/or survival sex work.

Sadly, 2019 has already seen at least eleven transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means.

A landmark 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report reviewed research on the health of LGBT individuals, including youth. Although this research is limited, the IOM report found that “the disparities in both mental and physical health that are seen between LGBT and heterosexual and non-gender-variant youth are influenced largely by their experiences of stigma and discrimination during the development of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” These negative experiences include high rates of physical and emotional bias and violence; rejection by families and peers; and inadequate supports in schools, employment, and communities because of their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. 

We must continue to work toward justice and equality for transgender people and the entire LGBTQ+ community. We not only mourn those we have lost but push for an all inclusive world so their deaths are not in vain. RESPECT PRONOUNS! RESPECT LOVE!! RESPECT LGBTQ+!

"Victoria" 

After remaining relatively stable for years, heroin overdose deaths spiked, tripling between 2010 and today. Marked by concern over intertwining opioid analgesic and heroin use there’s an expanded pool of susceptible individuals: with rising dependency and tolerance, some people who used prescription opioids transitioned to a more potent and cheaper alternatives. This can be YOU, it can happen to any of us. Your sister, wife, daughter, son, friend even your mother! THIS IS OUR CRISIS! 

It happened to “VICTORIA”

Increasingly efficient global supply chains and a sharp intensification in interdiction efforts created the conditions for the emergence of potent and less bulky products, for example, illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogs,which are increasingly present in counterfeit pills and heroin. Between 2013 and 2016, deaths attributed to fentanyl analogs spiked by a shocking 540% nationally, with pronounced regional increases.The rapid acceleration of the crisis has led to its designation as a national public health emergency. Contradicting the singular blame on health care as the gateway to addiction, individuals entering drug treatment are now more likely to report having started opioid use with heroine not a specific prescription analgesic.

The blame for this trajectory of opioid analgesic to heroin to synthetic opioid use rests with the drugs themselves and those who make them available. Although increased availability of prescription opioids fueled the overdose crisis, we have not adequately explored the source of the demand for these medicines.

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