Today, we honor the life of George Floyd and the countless people injured or killed by the police.
A year ago today, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on a Minneapolis street in broad daylight. Video footage of this murder shocked and galvanized the world. But for so many black communities, this murder was just another reminder of the everyday realities of police violence.
In the past year, millions of people across the country took to the streets and took action online to demand an end to police violence and fundamentally challenge the police systems that perpetuate this violence.
We know that the anti-blackness exemplified by the murder of George Floyd endangers lives every day. We know that the fight against blackness is enshrined in the police systems of our country, and has been since the racist origins of this country.and that is why public safety must be fundamentally reinvented and transformed.
Today, in too many cities and towns across the country, more resources are invested in violent policing than in programs and services that help keep our communities safe. As just one example, New York City spends more on surveillance and corrections than it does on homeless services, the Department of Health, Housing Preservation and Development, youth and community development, and investment in the workforce combined.1 We know that if our political leaders reinvested those billions of dollars in social services, our communities would be exponentially safer.
Over the past year, MoveOn members have consistently shown themselves to drive life change.
Thanks to the efforts of organizers and activists like you, we are closer to the real responsibility of the police than ever before, but now we cannot back down. Here are some more ways you can get involved during this critical time:
- Our friends at Color of Change are organizing a week of action this week to mark a year of protests and uprisings against police violence. Check it out here and be sure to participate.
- Donate to the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign, which is a Minneapolis ballot measure to revise city statutes so that the Minneapolis City Council can dissolve the city police department and reorganize it as the Department of Public Safety.
- sign this petition calling for the Minnesota Legislature to pass legislation that will tighten police control across the state.
- sign this petition Calling for the removal of a union leader from the Rochester, New York police force after he championed pepper spraying a 9-year-old black girl.
- Read about the BREATHE Act, a bill sponsored by Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, which invests in a new vision of public safety. Contact your member of Congress and tell them to support the BREATHE Act today!
It has been a year since George Floyd was separated from his family and community. Our work is just beginning. Together, we will continue to work until we truly achieve justice and safety for all of our communities.
1. “THE CALL FROM THE #NYCBUDGETJUSTICE CAMPAIGN IS TO CUT $ 1B IN FY21”, Communities United for Police Reform, accessed May 24, 2021