Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Recent Murders of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color

Preble Street is relieved that Derek Chauvin has been held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. However, this verdict does not bring justice to Black communities, nor does it solve the centuries-long tradition of racist state violence in America. Yesterday, Andrew Brown, Jr. was killed by a police officer. In the last few weeks, Ma’Khia Bryant, Daunte Wright, and Adam Toledo — youth with an average age of 16 —  were murdered by police. From childhood, Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color are victims of detrimental inequities and police violence. In fact, due to inherently racist systems in our country, children and adults who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are disproportionately affected by homelessness, hunger, and poverty. At Preble Street we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and will continue to advocate for racial equity, the end of white supremacist systems, and justice for our community’s most vulnerable residents.