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Washington, DC - The criminal justice system has pronounced that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder, nearly a year after the world witnessed him take the breath and life out of George Floyd. We received this news in the same week that Adam Toledo (13) and Ma’Khia Bryant (15) were killed by police officers in Chicago and Columbus, and a week after Daunte Wright was murdered by police officers in Brooklyn Center (outside of Minneapolis) and several Sikh Fedex workers were murdered in Indianapolis by a gunman. The Chauvin verdict is one of many outcomes that organizers and protestors have called for.
APALA President Monica Thammarath says, “Honor how this moment makes you feel. It is okay to feel relief, anger, disappointment, or even nothing in the face of so much violence. We know the Chauvin verdict does not end violent policing in America. Let us ground ourselves in the powerful day-to-day work we do to build community safety. We are sustained by families and neighbors organizing mutual aid efforts that radically aim to care for everyone in the community. We are propelled by organizers who create alternate networks for safety, such as coordinating buddy systems and check-ins with elders. We are inspired by young people who challenge us to reimagine alternatives so that they can have bright futures. With a broken criminal justice system, this moment asks us, what is each of our roles to help make our communities safer?”
We grieve for Matthew R. Alexander (32), Samaria Blackwell (19), Amarjeet Johal (66), Jasvinder Kaur (50), Jaswinder Kaur Singh (70), Amarjit Sekhon (49), Karli Smith (19), and John Weisert (74) who were killed in Indianapolis.
We grieve for George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and Ma’Khia Bryant.
If you are looking to support Sikh siblings at this time, please consider directing your resources to the following organizations: Sikh Coalition, SALDEF, Jakara Movement, Kaur Life.
If you are looking to support local organizing to change Minneapolis’ public safety structures and systems, check out the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign. Sign onto this petition by The Minnesota Young Women's Cabinet, the Minnesota Youth Collective, and the Minnesota Youth Council calling for Justice for Daunte Wright and all people who have victims of state and police violence in Minnesota.