We acknowledge that the restaurant industry has participated in and perpetuated harm and oppression against its employees, customers, and communities. We, Jasper and Laura, have experienced harm in this very industry, and from this experience, vow to do better.
At XLB, we instill the following values through our policies, conversations, community building work, and workplace training.
That food is political. It embodies resilience, stories, ancestors.
A healthy and prosperous work environment is a human right.
A welcoming atmosphere for folks of all cultures, backgrounds, and personal experiences is paramount.
That we all must collectively work to rid the world of white supremacy and anti-Blackness. “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” — Angela Davis
That there is room for everyone, especially our lgbtqia+ community, at the table.
That mistakes will be made and thoughtful and meaningful repair can be done.
We humbly acknowledge that XLB is held on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia (Wimahl) and Willamette (Whilamut) rivers.