I would like to take a moment to talk about the events of the past week, specifically the protests in DC and the advocacy of the Black Lives Matter movement against the epidemic of police violence in our country. Like many of you, I have been shocked and overwhelmed by what has been happening.

Let me say, first and foremost, that racism in all its forms is wrong, and the ongoing murder of innocent African Americans at the hands of police is a heinous social problem that must be addressed immediately. I fully support the many protestors seeking to change this system.

Second, while Community IT has a long history of supporting social justice through our work with nonprofit organizations, the events of the past week have made us all question deeply as a company what actions we will take to create change. In addition to condemning police violence and racial injustice, what are we doing to address those issues? What could we be doing? What should we be doing?

These are serious and timely questions for us to consider, and they have weighed heavily on my heart and mind for the past week. It is important for us as a company to consider these questions and ask ourselves, What do we do now?

This week we will start exploring the next steps we will take, as an employee owned company, to address grave social problems in a meaningful way. I encourage you to contact me directly if you have ideas and suggestions. I look forward to where we might go next, and I will keep our community informed as we seek to change.

Thank you,

Johan Hammerstrom
CEO, Community IT Innovators