SURJ Marin, in solidarity with BLM and all the families who have lost loved ones to police terror, applauds the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial in finding Chauvin guilty on all three counts. However, this is only a small step towards justice. The jury’s conviction of a single officer still leaves the larger system of policing and prisons untouched. The jury’s conviction does not fix a broken, racist system of policing rooted in white supremacy.
Justice for George Floyd, and just this past week – Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, Mario Gonzalez, and Ma’Khia Bryant- would only be realized by their being alive today. Now is the time for a comprehensive reimagining of public safety in our country so that NO MORE lives are lost to state violence. Anything short of that is not truly justice.
SURJ Marin believes in the abolition of state-sponsored surveillance, criminalization, incarceration, detention, deportation, and killing which occurs throughout the entire criminal injustice system. As such, we do not see Chauvin’s conviction as providing true accountability. The jury held Chauvin accountable for his crimes. However, the state has yet to acknowledge the harm done to the Floyd family, the Minneapolis community, and countless communities across the nation who have experienced the horrors of police brutality and murder. True accountability would be determined by all those harmed. True accountability would mean that communities of color are safe. We do not celebrate Chauvin’s imprisonment, as we believe in creating more just, compassionate and transformative ways of responding to violence.
May the Floyd family find peace and healing. May we never forget the names of all who have been slaughtered by police and the state. May we continue to take action so that no family has to endure this tragedy again. SURJ Marin, in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, is committed to efforts that lead to defunding the police and refunding impacted communities with needed services and resources.
Attend our next Intro to SURJ Marin meeting to find out more, or come to our Weekly Action Hour on Mondays @11a-12p and join us in the struggle! Register on our website www.surjmarin.org
Join SURJ and Mariame Kaba next Tuesday 4/27 for a webinar about the movement to defund the police. Mariame Kaba is an organizer, writer, and leader in the transformative justice and abolition movement and it’s a gift that she will be joining us!
Demand Police Accountability for Ma’khia Bryant. Call Mayor Andrew Ginther 614-645-7671 to demand accountability.
Donate to mutual aid funds listed on the website for Movement for Black Lives www.m4bl.org
And to quote Rachel Cargle: “Anti-racism work is not self-improvement work for white people. It doesn’t end when white people feel better about what they’ve done. It ends when Black people are staying alive and they have their liberation.”