AGMA stands in heartbroken solidarity with our family, friends, and colleagues, and all those impacted by the violence in Ukraine.
As a union, AGMA is founded on the principles of democracy, freedom, and hope. We believe in using collective power for good. We believe most people want to leave the world better than they found it. We believe that beauty, art, and fellowship will prevail, even when confronted with calculated and ruthless destruction.
In the face of tragedy and injustice, we turn to that which our members have devoted their creative lives: art that helps us understand all facets of what it means to be human, including days like today. As many AGMA members have sung on stages across the world:
"What shall I, a wretch, say then?
To which protector shall I appeal
When even the just man is barely safe?"
-Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
We beg for safety to return to all in harm's way. Let compassion, unity, and peace prevail. End the violence and senseless suffering.
We are all members of one union, and one family.
Any AGMA members out there who need assistance, or even just a shoulder to lean on, please do not hesitate to reach out to your AGMA staff representative.
-Ray Menard, AGMA President