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Dear friends,

“I… Can’t…. Breathe……” The words and the pictures of the last moments of George Floyd’s life as it ebbs away beneath the knee of a police officer charged to protect and serve, haunt me as they will haunt you. They enrage me as they will enrage you. And yet they energize me as they must energize you.

You have partnered with us at Odyssey Impact to call out and fight injustice by taking the courageous step of connecting with people and communities whose voices are often unheard. You have been inspired by our films, and we have been inspired by your commitment to fighting racism. We all stand in unwavering solidarity with the black community demanding racial justice.

On #BlackOutTuesday, Odyssey Impact closed to hold space for mental health, as we have done every second Monday since the inception of the COVID-19 crisis. Now, especially as our fellow staff members of color, in particular, face continued systemic trauma, we find these days to be of even more importance. I can only imagine the brunt of the weight held in balancing the onslaught of violence against Black people and the daily challenges of working, parenting and simply existing amongst COVID-19 and more. I am also aware that this emotional load to carry existed before the headlines of the week.

We will continue to honor and acknowledge these moments in the films we make and the campaigns we run. We believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we know that we and our network of Faith leaders and changemakers believe this to be self-evidently true. For those that are still trying to find your voice on this matter, we understand it may take time, but we also believe and expect that infinite silence is not an option. As the Minneapolis police chief said last night “being silent is complicit”.

I and my colleagues at Odyssey Impact are here to lift up your voices, events, messages and prayers in the face of this violation of humanity. As people of faith we are called to be catalysts for truth and justice.

I pledge that Odyssey Impact will continue to lift up the films and stories that will shake our nation and root out systemic racism. I pledge that through our impact campaigns we will lift up the work you do. Together we will work to create a culture where hate and discrimination have no place.

To quote Martin Luther King Jr. “We can do no other”.

In Solidarity,
Nick Stuart
President and CEO
Odyssey Impact

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