Dear PCA Members:

In light of current news events, the PCA Governing Board took the initiative at its June 5 virtual meeting to approve the statement below on police brutality and racial injustices.  Our association policy calls for members to ratify a position such as this before we post it to the public.  Please respond to the attached survey with a simple YES or NO if you agree with the statement by midnight (ESDT) on Monday, June 8. If our members are behind us, we will post this message on our website, taking a stand on these important issues at this pivotal time in our nation's history.  Please let us hear from you.
Comments may be sent to Kathy Merlock Jackson at kmjackson@vwu.edu.

PCA Statement Against Police Brutality and Social Injustices
The Governing Board of the Popular Culture Association denounces police brutality against Black people and other people of color, which is the product of systemic racism. We staunchly oppose the institutional forces that consistently devalue the lives of Black people and members of other historically marginalized populations. As an organization, the PCA works against racism and discrimination in all its forms, a point evidenced by our Vice President of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion position, and our Code of Conduct, which strictly prohibits “ Harassing or intimidating others based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, geographic location, age, or other group identity.” Further, the PCA supports the work against social injustices in The Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of American Culture, and at the National Conference in subject areas such as, Black Popular Culture, Asian Popular Culture, Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies, Gender and Media, Latin American Literature and Culture, and Women’s Studies, among many others. While we are very proud of the work in which we are currently engaged, we also recognize that the struggle against racism and social injustices is ongoing. The PCA leadership will remain vigilant in its efforts to make our association a welcoming and inclusive space, and to that end, we also encourage feedback from our members to help us fulfill our mission. We must all work together to exact lasting change against social inequities.   

Here is your link to the survey:


May you stay healthy and safe. Along with all of the members of the PCA Governing Board, I appreciate your commitment to the Popular Culture Association, and I wish you well.

All the best,

Kathy

Kathy Merlock Jackson
President, Popular Culture Association