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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Statement on the Verdict in the Murder of George Floyd

Last week, Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd, a rare instance of accountability for the theft of Black Lives at the hands - and knee - of police. While many of us felt a moment of relief, we know this is just one step forward in addressing the long history of social and economic exclusion of Black and Brown communities that perpetuates violence against people of color.

Breaking Ground’s work is deeply rooted in social justice, helping the most marginalized in society – disproportionately people of color – overcome and avoid homelessness through safe, secure housing. We remain dedicated to holding the difficult conversations and taking necessary actions that align with our commitment to equity and inclusion.

More than three people die through interactions with police every day across the country, and Black people are three times as likely to be a victim. The movement for justice and equity is a long-term struggle, requiring our constant energy and resolve. There was no outcome that could bring George Floyd back. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. May his memory, and those of many more whose lives have been taken, help light our way forward.

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