An Open Letter on Recent Events from STOPit Solutions CEO Tim Makris

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To Our Team, Customers, Business Partners, and Investors:

Once again, the black community is living and feeling the pain of injustice. I am disgusted and angry. And as witnessed in countless news reports and on social media, this anger is being expressed by millions who care about this social injustice and racism. The murder of George Floyd is the latest case of why our voices and actions are needed to create a just and equal society. Our hope is you join in making a difference where you live – in your community and in your home.

Despite some progress, Black Americans continue to be denied rights, respect, and dignity that most take for granted. Racism is the ugly core and enabler of these denials. As long as it exists, we will not be able to progress to true freedom, justice, and equality. At STOPit Solutions, we want you … our team members, customers, partners, and investors … to know that we are an organization built on diversity and inclusion. We want you to know that these fundamentals are the cornerstone of our values and principles. And that we will always protect you when threatened, including, and re-stating, having zero tolerance toward racism, injustice, and hatred.

Recently our team got together and discussed the importance of having real conversations, sharing difficult thoughts and vulnerabilities, and having open, honest relationships and friendships – these are fundamental to our organization’s soul. These very same drivers are needed to accomplish change in our communities. We stand with our team members, customer team members, business partners, investors, and communities within which we all live. We WILL always listen, speak up and act – that is who we are and more importantly, that is what we must do to end hatred, racism, and social injustice.

Please take the time to talk with colleagues and partners impacted by this injustice if they are ready and want to talk. Be compassionate toward the strain this has put on their mental wellness. Research and take a role in this effort in your community through organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero, Cities United, and/or Color of Change. Additionally, over the coming days and weeks, we will hold a series of discussions on this topic as an organization and will be accelerating the formation of a cross-organization committee on and implementation of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles.

I know this is not easy, no multi-generational problems are, but it is our obligation as an organization and as humans to support one another and create change because … Black Lives Matter.

Tim Makris, CEO, STOPit Solutions

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