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To those who are dealing with the tragic, needless, and unconscionable killing of George Floyd and carry the weight of his death even as we work, to you, we say, NorthStar is with you. We feel your pain. We grieve with you. 

We support you. 

We send our hearts and prayers out in solidarity to the family and friends of George Floyd. We also share a bittersweet gratitude for those courageous allies who refused to simply walk away as George Floyd had his life stolen from him.   

Many of you might not find yourselves feeling this tragedy as an impact on your community while some of you
wonder what you can do as allies or simply as colleagues. 
To you, we ask for understanding, support, and action.

Understand that George Floyd is one of the latest in a long line of senseless killings and acts of brutality. A line that reaches back through the past few weeks to include Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud ArberyIt connects through Tamir Rice and extends on to Emmett Till. Stretching on for centuries. 

Support your fellow humans in general, and particularly, your colleagues impacted by this tragedy.

Support them by educating yourselves about social and racial injustices and the long line of tragedies that have not been impeded by the ongoing pandemic in the slightest.

Lastly, we need you to act. Stand up, speak out, and get involved locally. Raise awareness and encourage change within your own networks.

We can do this work together.

NorthStar is a community group working to increase representation, belonging, and inclusion of people of African descent in GIS.