As we set our eyes on re-opening our restaurant and performance venue, we are committed to the global effort to bring businesses back better than how we left them. From challenge comes opportunity. This pandemic has brought great hardship but it also has provided a break with what was and a chance to take things in new directions.⁠⁠
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Both the hospitality and music industries have been fraught with harassment, discrimination, and bullying, as well as mysogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, and rampant egoiesm. From the very start, The Radiant has pushed back against these norms, working to create a safe and inclusive space for all workers, employees, customers, and performers. In our experience, value statements and good intentions are not enough. The standards have been set so low for so long, these problems have become ingrained in these industries at a very granular level. Actually standing up against bullying, harassment, and discrimination takes fortitude and action. We have made changes in our own establishment to remain committed to our values. We now re-assert those commitments.⁠⁠
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We remain committed to being self aware and evolving.⁠⁠
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We will continue to listen to all persons who work and play at The Radiant and will continue to respond to their experiences and critiques. Acts of harassment or discrimination that take place in our establishment will be believed and will be taken seriously.⁠⁠
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We will continue to educate ourselves and our staff with anti bullying and anti harassment training.⁠⁠
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We will create opportunities for the artists we invite into our space to express themselves, to share their stories, and, when appropriate, to educate.⁠⁠
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We also look outward, seeking allies and partnerships in our many communities to remain steadfast in our collective effort to be better and do better.⁠⁠
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We are so proud of some of our business and creative collaborators who use their voices to bring these issues forward and stand in solidarity to stop them.