As we continue to see police and citizen violence on Black and brown bodies, most recently with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we ask what is our work- what is my work? 

This violence and white supremacy is not new, it is a tale as old as settler colonialism- it must end. The systemic devaluation of Black lives and bodies at the hands of the police and authority is horrifying, and we must do everything in our power to end it. Our silence maintains a status quo which does not allow us to honor or value “that of God in every person”- which Quakers understand as a spiritual truth. We condemn anti-Black violence that is lifted up through our police forces and white supremacist culture in the US, which leads to the taking of Black lives.

We stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and particularly Black people whose oppression is at times very visible and other times taken for granted.

We invite you to do your own work, particularly white people, bring this work to your community, and spiritual communities, and to call for justice for George Floyd.

As George Floyd was murdered blocks away from the QVS Minneapolis house, MSP QVS Staff has put together some resources and action items below:


  • Call Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and demand that he bring charges against Officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, TouThao, and J Alexander Kueng (the 4 involved officers). Call him at (612) 348-5550. You can also email at [email protected]
  • Sign a letter from faith leaders to Mike Freeman to demand the arrest of the 4 officers here.
  • Call Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey at (612) 678-2100.
  • There will be a socially distant protest and justice caravan this Saturday, May 30th at 2 pm. More information is available here
  • Drop off supplies at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 2730 E 31st St (if you are able). List of supplies needed can be found here.

Groups to Support

If you have additional resources to share, please comment below. We know right now is a moment in a movement and the situation is shifting each day. 

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