Updated Statement: May 30, 2020
Cities across the country are still reeling from the shockwaves following the death of George Floyd. We at YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) are glad to see that the offending officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but know that is not enough.
We call on the Minneapolis justice system to convict the offending officer of his charges. We call on them to arrest and charge the other three officers who stood by and did nothing to stop their coworker. Justice cannot be served until all four are convicted of their crimes.
Justice for George Floyd
We send our condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd, and of Ahmed Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor – to all communities of color and victims of hate crime. We are also thinking of our sisters and brothers at YWCA Minneapolis and the whole Minneapolis-St. Paul community through this difficult and frightening time.
As an organization with a mission of eliminating racism, we believe we must all do our part to promote and achieve racial equality. We MUST take a stand. We must unite in our vision of a community with peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA Mohawk Valley’s STAND Against Racism Pledge
We take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge, but with calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society. We pledge to look deeply and continuously in our hearts and in our minds to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in our daily lives and in our encounters with persons we know and with strangers we do not know; to expand our consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to our use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes.
We invite you to take a stand in solidarity against racism in your community, here and beyond, today and every day.