Climate Voices

April 20, 2021
By: Nicole Rom, Former Executive Director

Justice for George Floyd: A Message from our Executive Director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Today, the jury presented a “guilty” verdict for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter during the Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. This is a monumental decision that 12 people made that sets a precedent for police accountability nationwide.

We are keeping George Floyd’s friends and loved ones in our thoughts, and we encourage everyone to understand the weight this moment holds for all of us, and especially Black people and People of Color, including our friends, coworkers, family and community members. We desire a better normal, a day-to-day reality where Black and Brown people feel safe in this country, both in and out of their homes — and that basic human rights are recognized and upheld by those who have been granted power.

Witnessing that truth in the charges shows the power of precedence. It matters that the police are held accountable for their actions. In a moment when our country is grieving and reeling from the continued brutality at the hands of police amidst the Chauvin trial, and the recent murders of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. There must be continued accountability. There must be justice.

To Black friends, teammates, and partners, our team will continue to work with you and Black leaders to understand your needs and to do our best to advocate in the struggle for true change.

To our white friends, we urge you to use this moment to understand that progress is in our midst and that your continued solidarity in the struggle for basic human rights, equity, and justice is still needed.

Our mission is dedicated to building a world where equitable solutions to climate change are found in every community. This means a world where Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color are safe, and their basic human rights are upheld.

We urge you to join us in action. We encourage everyone in our communities to take time and space to recommit to changing unjust systems that allow for crimes against Black and Brown bodies, and that we do that with the power of our words, our actions, our love, and our desire to heal together.

In solidarity,

Nicole Rom
Executive Director