Greenpeace statement in solidarity with Minneapolis protesters
May 28, 2020
George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police this week. As the city of Minneapolis demands justice for George, Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard released the following statement in solidarity:
“The environmental community must not stay silent in the face of systemic injustice. We must act and speak in solidarity with the Black community and the movement for Black Lives. Fighting for a green and peaceful future includes speaking out against the unjust, racist, and systemic violence facing Black people in the US, especially when it’s at the hands of the police. Being silent is not an option.
“We are demanding justice and action to confront the racism, police violence, and inequality in this country.
“Protest is a strategy to demand justice. To demand rights and equal treatment. Protest is often one of the only ways for people on the margins to demand change and accountability. It is unconscionable to not be outraged by Black people being killed by police on a shockingly regular basis. We are in solidarity with those demanding justice and action in Minneapolis and around the country.”