SAN DIEGO, CA — Today is a day of remembrance. Alliance San Diego honors the memory and mourns the deplorable murder of George Floyd one year ago.
In the past year, millions of people around the world marched, protested, and publicly mourned the unnecessary murder by police that took place on the streets of Minneapolis. A global call for racial justice and an end to the indiscriminate brutality and mistreatment based on a person’s skin color resounded.
Yet the seemingly endless number of violent incidents and deaths of black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement continues to singe our consciousness. Words are not enough. Actions matter the most.
Alliance San Diego’s associate director Christopher Rice-Wilson issued the following statement:
“On this somber and regrettable anniversary, I am still grieving the murder of George Floyd. The casual and contemptible brutal treatment by police that led to his death symbolizes the treatment of Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in this country across generations, geography and injustices. While Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012 sparked a movement, George Floyd’s death shocked a nation and sparked a change. Today, we remember the man, George Floyd, and our duty to fight for our freedom that his murder, and the inexcusable number of lives lost to police brutality before and after him, bestowed upon us all.”
Many new allies joined in the movement for justice, not just for George Floyd, but for all victims and BIPOC communities subjected to bias policing, prejudice and hate. While there has been much engagement with organized opposition, lawmakers and law enforcement leadership, it is difficult to measure how much has changed in a single year. Alliance San Diego continues to work with residents, allies and community advocates to elevate the ongoing conversation on police accountability, racial bias and racial profiling in San Diego.
Join Alliance San Diego this Thursday at 6:00 P.M. for a virtual discussion on policing and our communities. The Think Table: Policing and Our People will be an open and honest conversation about what it takes to get the policies and justice necessary to begin a healing process. We invite all who want to create an inclusive and safe future for San Diego to participate in a thoughtful and action-oriented conversation about racial justice and police accountability.
We will never forget George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Ronald Green and the countless others we lost in the fight for racial justice. The struggle continues today; our words and our actions will determine a better tomorrow.
About Alliance San Diego
Alliance San Diego is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) community empowerment organization working to ensure that all people can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. Our mission is to provide a means for diverse individuals and organizations to share information, collaborate on issues and mobilize for change in the pursuit of social justice, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. We pursue this mission through targeted civic engagement programs and strategic coalitions that focus on specific issues and policy reforms.