From time to time, the USDAC issues Action Calls—sent to our network and shared via social media—to encourage creative response to urgent issues and events. Click the links below to see past calls.
USDAC PLEDGE ON CULTURAL RIGHTS AND THE MUSLIM BAN
On 27 January 2017, a presidential executive order was issued blocking refugees and restricting immigration from Muslim countries. Protest has been immediate and massive.
History teaches us that authoritarian regimes start their mission of domination with the right to culture: limiting cultural communities’ freedom of movement and practice; condemning or restricting press freedom; condemning or restricting artistic expression; and denying the fullness of belonging to all but a privileged few. Artists and creative activists have key roles to play.
Join over 1,000 artists and allies who have already signed the pledge.
This November 2015 statement calls on all artists and creative activists to use our gifts for compassion and justice, to raise awareness, build connection, cultivate empathy, and inspire us to welcome those who are forced from homes that are no longer safe. Inspired by response to the rejection of Syrian refugees by more than half of U.S. state governors, it asks how we want to be remembered: As a culture of fear and isolation? Or valuing every human life, extending love and compassion to newcomers needing refuge?
This call for police demilitarization has been endorsed by some of the country's leading artists and activists. It originated in August, 2014 in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Find links to resources and creative projects.
This February 2015 statement called on artists, cultural organizers, elected officials and policy-makers, on all people of goodwill to stand in support of the movement to preserve sacred Apache lands, in the name of the first principle of cultural values establishing the USDAC: that culture is a human right.
This July 2016 petition delivered to members of the Democratic Platform Committee in advance of the Convention in Philadelphia, calls on elected officials and policy-makers to invest in artists and community development. A healthy democracy embraces the right to culture, engaging us as whole people, not just workers or consumers, but as creators and communicators. This platform shared with the DNC demands equitable investment in cultural infrastructure and in artists who put their gifts at the service of community.
This call was issued in advance of the People's Climate March in September, 2014, and featured numerous ways that Citizen Artists in NYC and beyond could get involved and make their voices heard.