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Why the BIPOC Ticket?

Why the BIPOC Ticket Type Exists

“Oregon has a long, well-documented history of racism that is reflected in public policy. These policies and over 150 years of practices are a root cause of the persistent economic, political, social and health disparities facing Oregon’s communities of color.” –Facing Race Report, 2015

We introduced the BIPOC ticket type to center these historically marginalized communities (Black, Indigenous and/or People Of Color). The ticket type stands as one of many steps in our commitment to dismantle structural racism in the name of love, liberation, and our experience that we are not separate from each other. We offer these tickets to honor our commitment to truly whole, relational models of care and culture for all.

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Twelve years ago, Beloved Festival began on the Oregon Coast as an event dedicated to imagining new models for healthy culture through sacred music and healing movement. Here’s our truth: in the past, we, as an organization, avoided, delayed, and postponed doing anti-racism work. We acknowledge our complicity in this harm, and we will do better. As the organizers of this sacred festival, we recognize that the individual and collective healing that we aim to facilitate will not be possible without confronting harm; one of the greatest harms that exists in our world today is the systemic erasure and marginalization of communities of color.

We understand no one is born with an in-depth understanding of oppression and yet as we know better, we commit to doing better. We have much to learn, and we dedicate ourselves to being as harm-reductive as possible – acknowledging our mistakes in a spirit of care, accountability, and justice.

This is just the beginning and one of many steps we are taking to create braver spaces where everyone knows that they belong. When we hold a container that truly resists oppression, we will all feel the touch of spirit and connect to the soul of community.

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