Derek Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd. Our hearts are with the family of George Floyd and the people who loved him.
This conviction is a step towards accountability. But the work towards justice, building community, and understanding is still ahead. Justice is a practice.
Violence and state-sanctioned brutality should not be accepted — or expected — as normal. It should not be explained away as belonging to others or as isolated to an individual, a moment, a mistake. This brutality is built into our institutions through neglect, othering and ranking our worth based on gender, ability, wealth and whiteness. It is reflected in the gender gap, mass incarcerations, housing crises, wage injustices, maternal mortalities, cancer rates, mass shootings and in an international pandemic that has disproportionately devastated Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian Pacific Islander, and low-income communities.
Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and safe environment. That environment includes where you live, work, play, and pray. We are committed to working for justice and equity, and are in solidarity with social, racial, and environmental justice organizations to reject and actively push back against racist rhetoric, actions, policies and institutional oppression that cause harm, and again and again assault communities of color. The work continues.