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Today, we honor the life of George Floyd and the countless people harmed or killed by police.
One year ago today, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on a Minneapolis street in broad daylight. The video footage of this murder shocked and galvanized the world. But for so many Black communities, this murder was just another stark reminder of the daily realities of police violence.
In the last year, millions of people across the country have taken to the street and taken action online to demand an end to police violence and to fundamentally challenge the systems of policing that perpetuate this violence.
We know that the anti-Blackness exemplified by George Floyd’s murder endangers lives every day. We know that anti-Blackness is enshrined in our country’s systems of policing—and has been since this country’s racist origins—and that’s why public safety must be fundamentally reimagined 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 policing and corrections than on homeless services, the Department of Health, Housing Preservation and Development, youth and community development, and workforce investment—combined.1 We know that if our political leaders would re-invest those billions of dollars into social services, our communities would be exponentially safer.
Over the last year, MoveOn members have consistently shown up to push for vital change.
Thanks to the efforts of organizers and activists like yourself, we’re closer to real police accountability than we ever have been—but we can’t let up now. Here are a few more ways that you can get involved during this critical time:
It’s been one year since George Floyd was taken from his family and his community. Our work is just beginning. Together, we will keep working until we truly achieve justice and safety for all of our communities.
1. “#NYCBUDGETJUSTICE CAMPAIGN’S CALL IS FOR THE $1B TO BE CUT IN FY21,” Communities United for Police Reform, accessed May 24, 2021