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Resources for Healing and Action During the Trial of Derek Chauvin

By YWCA Minneapolis
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Updated April 6, 2021

On March 8, 2021, the trial began for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. We want to acknowledge that living through this trial in Minnesota will be difficult for many. This is a critical time for our nation to reckon with injustice and work to transform our culture and systems in the fight for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

We condemn the continued violence and deaths of people of color in America, including George Floyd, due to police brutality and we believe holding our elected officials and our law enforcement accountable is necessary in this fight for justice.

Below are some resources that you might find helpful in taking care of yourself and loved ones, staying updated on the process and taking action to demand change.

For Healing

YWCA St. Paul Healing Circles: Every third Thursday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Members of the Black community living, working and/or fellowshipping in the Midway area of St. Paul are invited to join this supportive, facilitated virtual space to affirm your culture, community and lived experience, and to share dialogue and feelings to promote health and well-being.

Local Mental Health Resources 

Local mental health resources, including how to access the mobile crisis team

Mental Health America 

Learn about racial trauma and find directories for BIPOC therapists

For Action

Support the George Floyd in Policing Act 

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is a co-sponsor of this national legislation that will eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement, ban chokeholds and mandate data collection on police encounters  

Sign the Yes 4 Minneapolis Petition 

This petition supports giving Minneapolis voters the power to decide whether to keep the Minneapolis Police Department as it currently exists or to create a new Department of Public Safety

Show Up to Demand Justice

Attend Our Next It’s Time to Act!: April 29, 3:30 – 4:45 pm 

From Pain to Power: Healing Historical Trauma is presented by artist, activists, trainer and keynote speaker Calvin Terrell. Calvin will lead us on a candid journey of decolonizing our minds and confronting racial oppression and its intersection with multiple identities by sharing perspectives from the oppressed as well as the oppressor. The presenter will guide participants towards unleashing their talents in healing racial traumas to help people live better together.  

For Updates and Information

Watch the Trial 

The Star Tribune will livestream the entire Derek Chauvin trial

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder 

Read coverage of the trial from Minnesota’s oldest Black-owned newspaper

Minnesota Judicial Branch Updates 

This page includes all public documents filed in the case 

Trial Community Support

Educational resources from the Legal Rights Center

City of Minneapolis Support and Safety 

View street closures, trial updates and more

For Continued Learning

Will There Be Justice for George Floyd? 

Nekima Levy Armstrong discusses the system that has failed Black residents for decades

MSR Justice for George Floyd: March 18, 6:00 pm

This Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) roundtable discussion will focus on the latest developments in the Derek Chauvin trial, justice for George Floyd and the ongoing calls for systemic racial equity

NPR’s Code Switch: An Immune System 

Listen to this examination of qualified immunity for police

Implicit Bias Within the Criminal Justice System: March 25, 6:00 pm 

TPT is hosting an evening of conversation with black educators, legal experts and social justice advocates as they unveil the many facets of implicit bias within the criminal justice system and discuss solutions in the Twin Cities Communities. 

Tips for Parents During the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, provides advice for families during this challenging time.