A Comment on Inclusion & Safety

I want to share a little bit about me. My mother moved to the US from Cuba during the 60’s through political asylum. I am a first generation American on my mother’s side. In contract, my father’s family has been here for generations though they are part of a dying middle class from the mid-west. My father is white. As a half white // half Cuban woman I have been reading the conversations that are taking place on Instagram carefully and have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to and what I should say. Below you will find my attempt at a statement.

I am human and I learning but I want to be clear:

I do not tolerate racism, homophobia, transphoba, xenophobia, or likewise behavior through this space, instagram, or elsewhere. While words are important they must be followed by action.

As I continue to read & learn I will add to this list of commitments.

  • I will do my best to make this a safe & inclusive space for all marginalized people.

  • Behavior & comments that compromise this safety will not be tolerated.

  • I welcome feedback and constructive criticism to learn how I can do better, or contribute more.

  • I commit to working with brands that have made the same commitment to creating safe spaces that encourage diversity.

  • My existing size range for garments includes 7 sizes ranging from 30 to 54”. I will be expanding this size range to 60” for new patterns starting August 2019. Existing patterns will be re-graded as time permits though no later than December 2020.

  • I will seek opportunities to fundraise for organizations that are contributing in this effort.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with suggestions, feedback, or concerns. You can connect with me through my contact page.