Between You and Me 💘
Photo by Brad Quartuccio
Hello to everyone- our valued customers, dealers, collaborators, frame builders and friends- both here in the States and around the world.
I am Rie, VP of SimWorks USA. I am a non-black womxn of color who immigrated to America from Japan to establish SimWorks USA in 2018.
This week has been challenging for me and SimWorks USA. I’ve been struggling with a situation I’ve never faced before.. I’ve felt frozen.. don’t know what to do, or how to help.. don’t want to say anything wrong with my lack of English and lack of knowledge and understanding about American history and reality.
English is my second language, and I still have a complex that I can’t speak out and can’t understand details in English 100%. All the information I get is hard to read and process. I know that I can’t avoid what’s happening and can’t stay away. I need to use Simworks voice and take action.
If I was not here and if I didn’t start SimWorks USA, I would not be able to face and work on this situation with you now. Thank you as always for your support.
I will take this opportunity to reflect in a positive way, this is a time that I would love to express a huge appreciation to any people who I met so far including people of all colors, working to make the world better. I know that as I grow and understand better, SimWorks will grow and benefit and be even stronger in the future.
We at SimWorks are committed to listen and learn and to stand with individuals everywhere who are marginalized, oppressed, victims of violence and discrimination, and are looking for allies and community.
The 2 of us here at SimWorks USA- are planning financial initiatives including donations and product we are donating to auctions that will benefit a variety of local and national organizations that are responding in real time to the events unfolding.
We’re still working out the details of how we can contribute and make an impact that feels appropriate.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for educating us and providing a good example.
We want to make this world feel better and safer with you.
Love and Peace,
Rie & Steven / SimWorks USA