This moment was never about a verdict. It was and will always be about justice.

We stand in solidarity with the family and friends of George Floyd. We grieve with them knowing that no verdict can fill the hole of their loss. We honor their pain and their hurt, they who would much rather have their father, their brother, their cousin, their son, than any verdict.

We stand in solidarity with the community of Minneapolis, the Black-led organizations and movements who took to the streets to demand justice – in a system that is anything but just. Today’s verdict is just one step towards accountability. Black lives matter.

We recognize that the carceral state is not the answer. We acknowledge the need to dismantle the systems of oppression that perpetuate violence on Black and Brown bodies and deprive Black and Brown people of their freedom to be … and to breathe. True justice would be George Floyd still breathing and with us today. Rest in power George, your life fueled a global movement.

We pledge to continue to support our feminist sisters and siblings  – Black women and Black trans women who are at the forefront of this fight. 

This moment was never about a verdict. It was and will always be about justice.