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“The after-action report confirmed it was Jacob Frey’s complete incompetence and lack of preparedness that cost Minneapolis so dearly following George Floyd’s murder – not the peaceful demonstrators and mourners he has repeatedly sought to blame and surveil. Jacob and his political allies deliberately lied about and covered up this report until their re-election campaigns had passed to avoid accountability. It is an egregious abuse of power that further stains a historically dirty election and is yet another example of corruption in the Frey administration.”

TakeAction Minnesota Statement on Chauvin Trial Verdict

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A guilty verdict is not justice. The movement for Black lives—for just, caring communities where we can all be free—exists far and wide beyond the walls of a courtroom. It is in all of us. It is in our communities, our streets, and in our acts of care. It is in our multiracial commitment to defend Black lives and build a brighter future for all of us, because we know our liberation is tied.

Community on edge as jury deliberates in Derek Chauvin trial

Kenza Hadj-Moussa, the public affairs director for TakeAction Minnesota, a statewide progressive organization, said she believes the tension is made “1,000 times worse” by the heavy military and law enforcement presence on Twin Cities streets in preparation for any violence.

“It’s just compounding the trauma, especially with what Black Minnesotans are going through right now,” she said. “A guilty verdict won’t bring justice, won’t bring a life back,” she continued. “But it’s what do we do after this? We do have agency, we do have power.”

TakeAction Minnesota Update: Justice for George Floyd

Today, George Floyd’s memorial was held in Minneapolis. The pain, rage, and grief across the Twin Cities is palpable. At the same time, our trauma is being transformed into the creation of something beautiful.

TakeAction Minnesota continues to follow the leadership of Black-led organizations and Black leaders across our multi-racial base. We are also operating through our lens as a multi-racial, statewide organization, lifting up the wisdom of members most directly impacted by injustice and violence inflicted by police and white nationalists.