“Today a jury held Derek Chauvin accountable for the murder of George Floyd. We know this conviction is not even close to the end of the continued fight for justice. The larger injustice is the systemic racism that continues to infect every facet of our society. As an organization dedicated to freedom, democracy and equality, we join in solidarity with those fighting for racial justice. And we send our profound sympathies to the family and friends of George Floyd and many others who have unjustly died at the hands of the police. This verdict marks a small step in a long road to systemic change, accountability and healing.”
I was in my 20s when I first set foot inside the U.S. Capitol. My then-boyfriend, now husband, and I moved to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1995. Our apartment was on Capitol Hill, and the Capitol was no longer just in my history books.