For Immediate Release: April 20, 2021
Contact: Colleen Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-601-7877
NETWORK Lobby Responds to Guilty Verdicts in the Trial of Derek Chauvin
Mary J. Novak: “While today’s verdict is a significant step forward for accountability for police brutality, there is still much work to be done”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice released the following statement:
Mary J. Novak, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice said:
“By holding Derek Chauvin accountable for his actions, today’s verdict affirms the human dignity and worth of Mr. George Floyd. Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd was a horrifying act of racism and police brutality in the United States. Now, months later, this decision comes after incalculable pain for the Floyd family and collective trauma for the Black community in the United States.
“This decision will never bring George Floyd back to his family. George Floyd’s life mattered and the life of every Black person in the United States matters. Today, all of us at NETWORK recommit ourselves to advancing legislation that dismantles systemic racism and builds a culture that firmly opposes racism in every form.
“While today’s verdict is a significant step forward for accountability for police brutality, there is still much work to be done. NETWORK calls on the Senate to immediately pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. All elected officials and each of us must re-examine our federal policies, our economic system, and our society and see where they uphold white supremacy and fail to advance racial equity and equal justice under law.”
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic Sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a nearly 50-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org