Cultivating the seeds of change.
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In resonance with my intent to cultivate a community of awakening and liberation, and in recognition of the historical and systemic impacts of oppression in the US of minoritized groups, I offer a fee reduction as reparation to people who are assigned minoritized rank due to disability, religion, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national origin (immigrant), and gender.
What are reparations?
Reparations are the bare minimum that our government can do to recognize over 400 years of oppression and violence committed against BIPOC* in America. It is in no way enough, it is in no way a cure, or a way to clean the slate. There is absolutely nothing we can do to erase the pain of our country's history. However, what we can do is acknowledge it happened and make every effort possible as individuals, and as a community to make things better now and in the future. As a country, we have failed to make any meaningful changes. We see it happen time and time again; atrocities committed against minority groups in America, followed by outrage, followed by empty promises by our local and federal government, and then a week later those of us living in privilege (like myself) go back to posting photos of their acai bowls on insta. It's a cycle we have seen repeated over and over again. So here i am acknowledging my own privilege, and promising to do something about it on a personal level. I encourage all my fellow small business owners to do the same with whatever privilege they may have. This is just one small thing we can do to push for change.
Does this apply to me?
My policy is no questions asked. Once you express that you would like reparations applied to any of the packages i offer, it will be. I don't feel that anyone should have to explain themselves or justify their reasons for deserving this. That is not to say I am not 100% down to hear your story and learn from your perspective! I think we are in a time of awakening and one of the first things we as individuals need to do in order to bring about change is to listen and learn from each others history.
*BIPOC : Black, Indigenous, People of Color
I am in a position of privilege, how can i help?
There are tons of ways you can help! I think the first thing you need to do is listen and learn! There are tons of great documentaries and biopics all over the major streaming services right now. Once you feel like you have a little bit more information, let your voice be heard! It is all of our individual responsibilities to speak up for each other and fight for change. One of the easiest ways to help is with your wallet! There are so many great organizations out there that have been working hard to effect change. Our dollars can help fund that work! One of the most important ways we can participate in our communities is to VOTE! This is a right that we all should be given, unfortunately not everyone has that right. So if you are registered to vote, do it with meaning, and if you aren't registered to vote, do it here and now!
Here are some resources to help you get started! Please know that there are so many of these resources out there and I cant list them all, so let this be a starting point for you and don't let these lists stop you from finding more!
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What can reparations do for communities?
In this country we have a wealth gap that has continued to grow. Many of these poor communities are made up of minoritized groups who have not been given the same opportunities and have been met with roadblocks such as gentrification, redlining, inability to get a loan, lack of quality education in schools, needing to work three times as hard to even make it to the starting line, and not being given the benefit of a doubt. Coming from an interior design background who deals with multifamily housing and development, I see that there is a lack of ownership because of these hurdles. And one of the best ways to help create higher percentages of ownership, is to increase the wealth in those areas. Reparations are one small way we can support that effort. You can also help by supporting BIPOC owned businesses in your area and when you are a tourist in new places.