The Board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc. condemns the death of Daunte Wright, Sr. at the hands of police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. We mourn with Mr. Wright’s family and with all our Black, Indigenous, and siblings of color who are not safe at the hands of police. We are outraged that no substantive change is forthcoming, and we pledge to continue to demand it.
The killing of Daunte Wright took place just blocks from the trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer responsible for the death of George Floyd Jr. While we are heartened by the guilty verdict in that case, we are disheartened at the overwhelming amount of evidence needed to secure the guilty verdict. We whole-heartedly support the on-going and necessary work of the local community organizers and count some of our RevGalBlogPals members among them. We affirm and support their right to organize, protest, and speak out forcefully against the continuous and disproportionate police violence against people of color across this country.
One of our group’s guiding values is anti-racism, and this includes being actively committed to finding ways to support those who are calling for justice and combating systemic racism. One of the ways we will support the on-going local work toward justice is to hold open a space for community organizers in the Minneapolis area in our Facebook Group. We will pin this statement to the page for one month and allow community organizers to add information for ways to make monetary donations through existing local organizations. If you are a community organizer in the Minneapolis area and you know the specific needs of an organization to support the protests and justice work, please add that information to the thread on the RevGalBlogPals Facebook group.