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Black Lives Matter — A memo from our CEO

by Ross Buhrdorf

- June 5, 2020 2:41 pm

We at ZenBusiness are heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. It is yet another example of the institutionalized racism that continues to plague America, and we stand with all of those who are saddened, angered, and seeking change.

To be silent is to be complicit. We have a duty to the Black community and our employees, partners, family members, contractors, and children to speak up.

I refuse to be helpless in a time of such great need, and we will be working as a company to figure out how we can have the greatest impact on structural racism and police brutality in America and, more specifically, right here in Austin. With that said, we will be taking real action moving forward along the following lines:

  • Social Posts and Public Statements: We will voice our support for the Black community and peaceful protests starting with this statement and in ongoing posts moving forward.
  • Donations and Support: We will donate to charities and support local businesses. Starting immediately, we will be donating to Notley Tide, an Austin-based support group dedicated to advancing racial justice. It’s a way for us to start fixing these issues in our own back yard. We will continue to look for other financial ways and organizations to support in the future.
  • Education and Resources: We will share links to articles, support groups, charities, and other helpful resources to increase awareness and provide opportunities for others to get involved.
  • Hiring Practices: We will ensure equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusivity by hiring people that make our team more diverse and representative of our community.

Whatever your pigment, you deserve to feel safe, to feel protected, and to feel valued as the precious being you are. I am tasking myself with action to combat this horror. Call, write, and peacefully protest LIKE A LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.

Enough is Enough! Bravo and blessings to all those taking action and facing the horrific situation we all face together in America!

– Ross Buhrdorf, CEO

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