FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2021
Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Team
National Council of Jewish Women Respond to Guilty Verdict in Murder of George Floyd
WASHINGTON / MINNEAPOLIS – The National Council of Jewish Women and the National Council of Jewish Women-Minnesota released the following statements today in response to the guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd:
Beth Gendler, Executive Director of NCJW Minnesota:
“Yesterday’s verdict was a welcome relief to our community but does nothing to stem the grief we feel as Black lives in this country continue to be taken by police violence. George Floyd’s murderer faced accountability because of the bravery of those who witnessed his final moments, including Darnella Frazier who risked her safety to testify and help bring justice for his family.
“Even so, yesterday was another reminder that there will be no justice until Black Lives Matter as police in Ohio shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant, a teenage girl who had called on them for help. We grieve with all those in mourning and recommit to working toward a better future.”
Sheila Katz, CEO of The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW):
“George Floyd should be alive. We mourn as his family mourns, and support their efforts to find solace and accountability with this historic verdict.
“Jewish values have demanded, and continue to demand, that we fight for a world that honors the irrefutable preciousness of every human being, with just systems and structures to support that.
“NCJW has long been committed to the work of antiracism and, as ever, our work continues. The work of dismantling white supremacy is work that must happen every day. It must inform our priorities and coalitions, our relationships, and our personal choices.
“It is on each of us to do the work from our positions, roles, and perspectives, and for those of us with privilege in this conversation, to do so from a place of humility and solidarity.”
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 180,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.