Today, we are remembering George Floyd – a beloved father, son, brother, and partner and sending love and support to his family. A year since his murder by ex-MPD police officers, our hearts are still heavy. We are still grieving.
He should be alive today, and we will keep saying his name and remembering his life.
On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis residents took to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd. We didn’t know it was the beginning of a global uprising for Black lives or the largest movement in U.S. history. George Floyd’s name echoed around the world.
We remember how our communities came together to care for each other and keep each other safe during the uprisings when MPD failed to do so. Neighbors came together to demand accountability, and chart a new path forward on public safety.
Our city councilors delivered a bold proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a new Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention. Our movement for public safety beyond policing gained powerful momentum.
We have a clear vision for the future: it’s one where all of us are free to live safe, stable, happy, creative lives. It’s a future where Black lives are not only defended but celebrated. We organize & govern knowing our liberation is tied.
Just a few weeks ago, the brokenness of our public safety system and increasingly militarized police force was on full display. While our communities grieved the murder of Daunte Wright by an ex-Brooklyn Center police officer, helicopters circled our city and barbed wire barricades surrounded the courthouse George Floyd’s murderer was on trial.
We decide the future.
Right now, people across Minnesota have the opportunity to make real changes on public safety, so everyone can live the safe, secure, and joyful lives we all deserve. We are at a choice point: we can continue to rely on violent systems designed to harm Black, brown, Native and poor people or we can re-imagine and rebuild.
As we remember George Floyd’s life today, commit to taking action.
- Minnesota state legislators are currently considering a slate of common-sense public safety changes, like limiting pre-textual traffic stops and no-knock warrants. Email your state lawmakers now and tell them to support critical public safety measures that are included in the House public safety omnibus bill.