Dear Pad Community,
In the wake of the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many more deaths of people of color, some that we know of and many that we do not, the leadership of The Pad stands united with Black Lives Matter in the nation-wide protest against systemic racism, pervasive injustice, social and economic inequality and police brutality. Now, more than ever, we want to communicate to our community our core values and the specific steps we are taking in order to become a company that is actively anti-racist, moment to moment, breath by breath. We are aware that institutionalized racism is insidious and is pervasive in our country and culture and, is, therefore, within us as well. In this historic moment, it is critical for those of us with platforms, power, and privilege to, first, listen wholeheartedly, acknowledge the sources of injustice that are ours to carry and correct, and to provide our platform to lift up the voices of those who have been silenced for far too long.
As the leaders of this community, we are committed to practices of healing, presence and unconditional love.These are hard and essential practices and they require us to engage in the sacred work of examining our own social position and the ways in which we have been complicit to and benefitted from systemic racism. We are hoping to build the capacity within our community as a whole to engage deeply in this examination, challenge ourselves to look deeply into what is difficult and learn to do the work of peace, social and economic justice and reconciliation together.
We know that words are not enough. We have been quiet this week on our social media platforms because listening has been our first priority. After listening and deep consideration, we share with you our first thoughts about a set of Right Actions that will lead to necessary change within ourselves, our stewardship of the yogic teachings, our instructional offerings and the sacred, open space of our studio
1. Donate proceeds from the classes on June 12-14 to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
2. Implement a studio wide anti racist training program.
3. Actively seek BIPOC teachers/trainers during our hiring process.
4. Leverage our platform to include and amplify diverse voices.
5. Pay the full cost for 2 black students in the upcoming teacher training program.
6. Collaborate with mission aligned black owned businesses as related to partnership opportunities and product placement.
We know this is just the beginning. We are prepared to tend to this work with heart and humanity.
With humility, respect + commitment,
Leila + Becca on behalf of The Pad’s leadership team