Tuesday’s convictions for the murder of George Floyd marked a critical moment of accountability for Mr. Floyd’s family and for the millions of people around the globe who spoke out to demand justice in response to his brutal, public murder at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin last year.
This all too uncommon conviction in the wrongful death of a Black man at the hands of police is only the beginning of a path towards justice. As the trial unfolded over weeks, every day someone else across the country was killed by the police. Over half of those who lost their lives were Black or Latino people, including sixteen-year old Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black child, who was shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio just before the jury in Minneapolis reached its guilty verdict.
We must continue to unite in a call for action. As we witnessed in response to the killing of George Floyd last May, the power of people coming together coupled with specific demands for transforming racist systems is a critical lever for change. We need federal, state and local policies that address systemic racism in our institutions and transform our Nation’s unjust systems, from criminal justice and policing to our broken food system.
WhyHunger is committed to dismantling the systems, policies and practices that keep people poor, oppressed and hungry. We stand in solidarity with communities that are building alternative models to tackle the social, racial and economic injustice that must be transformed for us all to enjoy true freedom and the human right to nutritious food.
WhyHunger joins the millions who breathed a sigh of relief alongside Mr. Floyd’s family Tuesday night, and then inhaled to deepen our resolve to continue to fight for justice.