One year ago, the world watched video of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. One year later the world watched a jury of 12 citizens deliver a long overdue guilty verdict, finding that Chauvin was responsible for the murder of George Floyd.

The country’s collective relief in response to the jury verdict underscores CAALA’s belief that jury verdicts are a key component in our struggle to end systemic discrimination and police brutality against Latinx and Black Americans. And every day the news tells us that the work remains urgent.

On the very day the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder, a Black teenager, Ma’Khia Bryant, was shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, we must add the names of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo to the too long list of Black Americans killed by the police.

Change must happen, and we echo the poignant call to action from Paul Bland, Executive Director of Public Justice:

“Accountability for George Floyd’s killer has come, but justice for the communities being killed has yet to arrive. Realizing that goal will require more work than one jury alone can do. It will require all of us, and especially those of us privileged with the means to do so, to open our collective eyes and fight against the racism, hate and killing we all see every day. We must all be agents of change and we must all, each and every day, call out what we see and seek, together, to fix it.”