To Our Valued Community:
A restaurant is more than just a place to enjoy a meal. We are a community; we are part of a community. When our community is broken we need to rise up and make our voices heard.
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Atatiana Jefferson. Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. We say their names, along with so many others, to honor their lives and call for justice. We need to stand with our black brothers & sisters because black lives matter. We need to stand for equality and justice and against police brutality and systemic racism. Our black friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors deserve to live in a world and society that cherishes and cares for their lives and well-being.
Blue Heron calls on our white friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and businesses to involve yourselves deeply in the work of anti-racism. Engage whatever spheres of influence you have to support people of color, call out day-to-day acts of discrimination and violence, understand and challenge your own assumptions and prejudices, and build environments that are safe for those who do not look like you. Do the work to educate yourself on the systems of racial inequality and use of institutional power so that you can do better every day, not only when it’s comfortable or convenient.
Racism and hate are a matter of life and death. We stand for life. #BlackLivesMatter
With love & solidarity,
Deborah, Barbara, Kendra, Justin, and the Blue Heron staff