Decades of frustration over lack of police accountability
In this blog:
- George Floyd Square supporters: City has failed to hold police accountable, respond to demands
- “No Justice, No Streets” yard signs available
- Zoom conference Tuesday, March 2: Seeking justice, caring for community
- Day of Prayer at George Floyd Square March 8, when trial starts
George Floyd Square supporters: City has failed to hold police accountable, respond to demands
The city of Minneapolis is getting pushback since its Feb. 12 announcement that George Floyd Square would reopen after the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police Officer accused of murdering George Floyd.
Neighbors of the Square at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street East issued a series of 24 demands before the intersection should be reopened. The demands range from “Conduct the trial of the four former officers charged in the murder of George Floyd at a court in Minneapolis,” which will happen, to “Establish an office of independent investigation and prosecution for Minneapolis law enforcement,” which, along with many other demands, has not been met.
(To learn more about the 24 demands, check out these 24 short videos produced by On Site Public Media which explain each one.)
The city pledged more than $10.5 million to support racial healing in the 38th & Chicago area, “and has committed to several important initiatives to advance racial justice,” its announcement said.
But the city’s announcement fell far short on providing police accountability, a long festering problem.
George Floyd Square neighbor Jeanelle Austin, expressed disappointment in the city’s annouincement in a Feb. 17 story run by the Spokesman-Recorder: “’Injustice closed the square and only justice can reopen it,” she said.
Koren Walsh posted on the George Floyd Square Facebook Page: “I was really disappointed that a representative from the square was not invited to take part in this [city] press conference. It seemed as if the city was speaking for the square while we know that isn’t true.”
“No Justice, No Streets” yard signs available
Show your support for George Floyd Square and the 24 demands with a No Justice No Streets yard sign. Reserve yours today here.
Signs available first week of March. Artwork by Kenneth Caldwell. Help offset printing and shipping costs by donating to @GFS_YardSigns on Venmo. Sliding scale $10-20 per sign.
Zoom conference: Seeking justice, caring for community
On Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m., religious leaders who are African American will lead a Zoom conference on ways clergy and community leaders can provide care and disrupt systems of oppression in this moment. This was organized knowing that the upcoming Chauvin trial will resurface the trauma of racism, police brutality, and white supremacy in the community.
Join a dialogue with Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Steven Belton, and Rev. Dr. Gary Green II for “Preparing for the Days Ahead,” hosted by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Amos Task Force of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ.
The suggested ticket price is $10, but donations of all sizes or none are accepted to ensure the event is accessible to everyone.
Day of Prayer at George Floyd Square March 8, when trial starts
Join supporters of George Floyd Square on Monday, March 8, the first day of the Derek Chauvin trial, for prayers and holding space at the Square. Events will start at 8 a.m. Bells will ring for one minute, followed by eight minutes, 46 seconds of silence, the length of time then-officer Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Solidarity is sought worldwide. Ring church bells, play the Shofar, or do whatever is fitting for your tradition.
At noon there will be a prayer service centering Black Men. A Candlelight Vigil will start at 7 p.m. Prayers from afar will be read and shown.