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Resources for Healing and Action

By YWCA Minneapolis
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Updated June 3, 2021

While we can never bring George Floyd back, we are grateful that the criminal justice system has delivered some measure of justice for George Floyd and his family and friends with its verdict to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

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.

As we continue the work of racial justice and healing, below are some resources you may find helpful in taking care of yourself and loved ones and taking action to demand change. Read our full statement.

Events, Programs and Resources During the Commemoration Week of George Floyd’s Death

One Year Later

One year after George Floyd’s murder, Twin Cities PBS shares programming to enlighten, connect, and support our communities.

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible

Color Lines shares four self-care resources to keep you going when the trauma won’t stop.

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.

Healing Justice Foundation Events

The Healing Justice Foundation, alongside many community partners, are offering in-person and virtual healing spaces during the Derek Chauvin trial and beyond.

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

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.

For Action

Support the George Floyd Justice 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

For Updates and Information

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder 

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

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

NPR’s Code Switch: An Immune System 

Listen to this examination of qualified immunity for police