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Statement on the Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial
The conviction of George Floyd's murderer brought many people a measure of relief and the validation of having a jury affirm that the violence that police inflict on Black communities is real and is wrong. It was an acknowledgement of George Floyd’s humanity. At the same time, we know this verdict isn’t justice.
In cities across the country, people come together everyday to realize a shared vision of thriving communities for themselves and their neighbors. Yet hundreds of thousands of working people have earnings that don’t come close to covering their most basic costs.
The Golden State Stimulus deal announced today by Governor Newsom with legislative leadership is a strong first step in providing financial relief for many undocumented immigrants in California, and centering economic relief from the pandemic on need, not immigration status. In the package announced today, ITIN holders earning up to $75,000 will receive $600 in relief, with those who qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit receive a total $1,200 payment - critical aid to undocumented immigrants left out of federal relief efforts.
In response to the failed coup attempt by white supremacist Trump supports today, Partnership for Working Families Executive Director issued the following statement:
Thanks to more than two years of organizing by regular people in Nashville, Arlington, Seattle, and beyond, Amazon is finally compelled to address the gaping inequality that they have contributed to in our cities. This fund can make an important contribution towards stabilizing our communities, if residents are given power to guide how these resources are spent. The fact that we have to fight so hard to get a trillion-dollar company to give something back to the communities which have grown its coffers shows how broken our economic system is.
Following is a statement by Lauren Jacobs, executive director of the Partnership for Working Families:
Yesterday we celebrated — there were expressions of joy across the country, that our votes were counted, that we participated in and upheld our democracy, and that, despite popular narratives, Black and brown organizers and voters enabled our country to achieve record levels of voter turnout. This historic election solidifies Senator Harris as the first woman, first Black person, and first Asian-American Vice President.
As the Trump Administration accelerates its oppressive campaign resembling martial law, Partnership affiliates are holding strong. We stand against this flagrant attempt to consolidate power, usurp local civil authority, bypass due process, and perpetrate militarized violence on our streets.
Oakland, CA - Today the California Attorney General’s office has taken a decisive step in its lawsuit to stop Uber and Lyft’s continued misclassification of drivers by filing a preliminary injunction against the companies that, if granted, would ensure that their workers would be able to access crucial workplace protections.
We share the grief and utter outrage of people everywhere at the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and we stand in solidarity with the communities in Minnesota and around the country that are demanding justice in his name.
Nearly six years after Eric Garner’s death in New York, five years after Sandra Bland’s death in Texas — and four years after Philando Castile’s in Minnesota — George Floyd’s murder reaffirms that Black people will never be safe under a police system that was born out of white supremacist desires to preserve slavery.