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Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict: On Celebration and Grief

Yesterday afternoon, a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd’s murder. We feel both hope and hesitation, celebration and grief. A White police officer was found guilty of murdering a Black man. This is a rare moment of justice for Black Americans. Time after time, authorities have refused to charge White police officers for killing Black victims. Even when charges have been brought, courts have often found in favor of White police officers and against the humanity of their Black victims. 
In this new moment, we see the manifestation of a goal that often seems elusive: culture change. We stand in this moment on the work of present-day activists and educators—especially those who are Black and Brown—and hundreds of years of activists and educators before them. Their work made this a reality. Yesterday, a jury recognized the humanity of George Floyd. 
At the same time, our hearts are heavy for Mr. Floyd and his loved ones. No verdict can bring him back—the man who told his friend as a teenager, “I want to touch the world,” a father, friend, and partner. 
This verdict also doesn’t wipe away systemic racism. As we said in our initial statement after Mr. Floyd was killed, his death was not an aberration. It is a representation of the truth we are living in.

Our work must continue so culture change continues. Let this moment of justice plant a seed that will blossom across our country and our world. But let us remember that seeds don’t grow without love, attention and dedicated resources. We must re-commit ourselves to actively nurture it and dismantle systems of racism and oppression.

A Message to Andrew Cuomo

“The Friends of Andrew Cuomo” spent over $300,000 to launch an ad campaign designed to paint former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a victim of political attacks because of the sexual harassment claims against him. We cannot allow this gaslighting to continue while the ad revictimizes victims of not only Cuomo’s sexual harassment but ANYONE who has ever experienced abuse. The tactics used by Cuomo and his supporters further represent the barriers that survivors face every day that prevent them from coming forward and getting support. 


We at Vera House have asked Andrew Cuomo to take accountability for the harm he has caused on multiple occasions. Instead of admitting to his wrongdoings, he continues to use power and control to suppress and invalidate the truths of the survivors.  Today we released a video, produced by Solon Quinn Studios and supported by Survivors’ Network, that sends a powerful message to survivors, "I believe you."  


We are asking you to help us amplify the video so that survivors throughout New York and the rest of the world know that we believe and stand with them. 


Here’s how to get involved:  

1. Share our post on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter  

2. Engage with our content on Instagram and TikTok   

3. Share survivor support resources from your organization  

4. Tag @verahouseinc  


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