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Raffle for social justice
In light of recent events, but more importantly in recognizing events that have been ongoing for centuries and should no longer be commonplace in 2020, we at C&L Cycles and Bassi Bikes feel compelled to reflect on systemic racism, make a statement on where we stand, and act.
We, as a bicycle shop and manufacturer, recognize that we are part of an industry that is problematic in its under-representation of minorities. Through consistent promotion of white perspectives, the cycling industry has restricted access to BIPOC communities. The bicycle, that tool for mobility, utility, or fun that we like to think of as democratized, actually isn’t, as things stand. We, as active players within this industry, recognize that we are part of the problem.
As an immediate response, we would like to invite you to participate in a raffle to raise funds and awareness for three organizations that we believe are making a difference.
Hoodstock, who “generate space for dialogue and mobilizing initiatives to eliminate systemic inequality and develop united, inclusive, safe and dynamic communities” in Montreal North.
Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, who “offer support and frontline services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis (Aboriginal) women and children to promote their empowerment and independence.”
Up for raffle will be a Bassi frame of the winner’s choice, size, and colour (in stock). We’ve also partnered with our friends Atwater Atelier for this fundraiser, who will be providing two prize packages consisting of a Forager Stem Bag, Cap, Shirt, and Saddle Roll or Top Tube protector. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, available on our website here, and winners will be drawn at random on June 14th.
We recognize that this is an immediate initiative and that fighting systemic racism needs long term and sustained actions. Looking forward, we pledge to work within our Montreal community with free workshops to encourage access to bicycles, and to reassess our hiring and HR policies to encourage diversity and representation within our staff.
We are part of the problem. We want to work for change.
C&L and Bassi.