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Why We Pause

Dear Friends,

Well, just when the “new normal” was starting to feel normal a NEW, new normal came along. And well, that’s life, isn’t it? You just never know what’s around the corner. But of course, in truth, epidemiologists knew, sooner or later, “Pandemic” would jump from the screen into our lives. And with certainty, historians and social activists knew it was just a matter of time before the people would stand up and say, enough is enough.

In case you are unaware, on Tuesday Black Lives Matter, Seattle-King County called for a statewide silent march and general strike to take place Friday, June 12. The news has spread quickly and from what I can tell the local business community is responding. So along with ALL the breweries in Ballard and one of my favorite bakeries and countless other small businesses, Danaca Design stands in solidarity with BLM. We will be closed for business tomorrow which means hitting pause on the Battle of the Rings one more time. For more information about the day’s events visit: https://blacklivesseattle.org/statewide-silent-march-and-general-strike-on-friday-june-12th/ If you are a business owner, I encourage you to do the same.

Last week, like many Americans I took time to listen and learn more about racial injustices in our society. One of the most insightful experiences for me was watching President Obama’s town hall with national leaders working to end police violence. I learned A LOT. If you haven’t already you should check it out. Among other things it clarified for me what “defunding the police” really means. That and many other great resources can be found at the Obama Foundation https://www.obama.org/

I make a point in my communication with you, my customer base, to leave politics alone (BTW, if you EVER want to know my opinion on any political issue, please feel free to ask). However racial justice is NOT a political issue. It is a HUMAN RIGHTS issue.  It is an issue at the heart of our collective social wellbeing and our collective wellbeing is at the heart of my personal mission at Danaca Design Studio.

One of my favorite images from the events of last week was this one taken by a good friend. I think it pretty much sums up where we are at right now: You Know It’s Bad When We Are Protesting in a Pandemic!!

Please remember to wear your mask when you march tomorrow!!

Dana