For Immediate Release: April 20, 2021
Contact: Janelle Erickson | jerickson@HilltopPublicSolutions.com | (310) 614-0289
Statement on the Verdict of the George Floyd Murder Trial
Washington, DC – Following the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial, Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home Campaign issued the following statement:
“Almost a year ago, we watched in horror as a uniformed police officer murdered George Floyd. Since that day we have been pleading for justice and accountability. Today, the jury provided a degree of accountability. Yet, justice is more elusive, as it would only be present if we didn’t have to mourn any more for Black and brown people dying at the hands of the police, ICE or CBP. We mourn George Floyd and we hope his family finds a measure of solace in today’s verdict.
We uplift Duante Wright, Adam Toledo, Breonna Taylor, Mike Brown, John Crawford, Atatiana Jefferson, and all the lives snatched away by violent police. We seek accountability and justice for all who have been killed by police.
The system that killed George Floyd is the same system that killed seven children in detention centers. It is the same system that puts Black people in cages and immigrant families in cages. Law enforcement—whether ICE or CBP or local police departments— jeopardizes Black lives and Black immigrant lives rather than respecting all of our lives. Today is a day of accountability, but our communities deserve justice. Justice can only come after transforming the system of criminalization and incarceration and ushering in a new era in which Black lives are respected and every immigrant family is welcomed and treated with dignity.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities on three fronts: prioritizing and demanding a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; a moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement; and broad affirmative relief from deportation. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)/Care in Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers/UFW Foundation; and United We Dream.