Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement

At AltspaceVR one of our primary goals has always been to create a safe and welcoming community. We not only believe that Virtual Reality can be a tool for socialization, but that it has the power to scale connection in profound ways.

In recent weeks the Black Lives Matter movement has surged to the forefront of our collective consciousness, not only in the United States but across the globe. The goal is racial justice for those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and stigmatized by unjust and deeply biased systems.

At AltspaceVR we stand with Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity and defense of all the BIPOC individuals on our team and in our community. We believe in the inherent dignity and equality of all people. We see the injustices that BIPOC individuals and communities have struggled under. We recognize the need for immediate change. We are committed to the work of including and amplifying the voices of those who have not had the opportunity to participate thus far.

Although the AltspaceVR team is small, we are part of a large network. This week, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella outlined our company’s commitment to addressing racial injustice. Read his statement here. At AltspaceVR, we echo this sentiment and are equally committed to this important work.

We began by hosting a month of Black Lives Matter Solidarity Gatherings, because we understand that our platform offers a unique opportunity for connection and conversation. But the work is only just beginning. We ask our community to join us in creating space for discourse, hosting events, protests, and open conversations around this topic. We will try to feature all content that promotes and celebrates Black Lives Matter. If you’re interested in more information on hosting a BLM event reach out to our team.

We will continue to learn, change, and evolve and we will leverage technology along the way; because the true power of social VR is that it brings people together and that is the most important step on the journey towards cultivating empathy, which leads to transformative change.