“As protests demanding racial justice have multiplied since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last week, the spirit of reckoning has also spread across America, including within the music industry. One initiative seeks to redress the historic inequities of the music business by declaring Tuesday to be a one-day moratorium on business as usual — alternately known as #TheShowMustBePaused, Blackout Tuesday and Black Out Tuesday — as a means of identifying with protesters and considering how the music business can become more accountable to the black communities from which it profits.” (NPR)
As you can probably see from scrolling your own feeds, Black Out Tuesday has quickly expanded from the music industry and spread across all social media platforms.
Firefly values community, inclusivity and safety for all people. We stand in support of breaking the systems that perpetuate racism in our country and in our community.
We have chosen not to pause our yoga classes, because, between the protests and the pandemic, we believe yoga is a healing modality that is needed as much now (if not more than) ever.
We will be listening, learning, and planning to take action to more actively demonstrate our core value of inclusivity. If you have ideas for how our studio can be more supportive of brown and black people, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For today, our Tuesday 5:30pm class is free to all. Online signup is required via the MindBody app or through our website at www.fireflydanville.com/schedule.
Instead of paying to take this evening’s class, we hope you will consider a monetary donation to one of the organizations below. Each of these organization’s websites is also a great place to educate yourself on the racial injustice that exists in our country.
- Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com
- Color of Change: https://colorofchange.org
- Minnesota Freedom Fund: https://minnesotafreedomfund.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/
- Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org
- Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.
- Black Youth Project 100: https://www.byp100.org
- NAACP: https://www.naacp.org
For additional anti-racism resources, here is a document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents who want to engage in anti-racism work: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
If you are looking for a local organization to donate to, we recommend our beloved non-profit partner, the Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area. The majority of the children and families served by BGCDA are people of color, and the Boys & Girls Club of America has charged local club leaders with the “responsibility to use our positions as supportive adults to help members process the world around them, especially when times are hard.” (BGCA Statement)
In closing, we offer a favorite mantra:
May all beings be happy
May all beings be healthy
May all beings know freedom
May all beings walk through the world with ease
Because we all deserve happiness, health, freedom, and ease. Because we are all born equal. Because we are all one.
Firefly Yoga Team