Reaction to Floyd murder
The St. Anthony Park Community Council issued the following statement after the George Floyd murder. The Bugle has edited the statement due to limited space.
“The St. Anthony Park Community Council is deeply saddened and outraged by the murder of George Floyd. And saddened by the loss of businesses and organizations that provide crucial support and employment to lower income neighborhoods.
However, we are buoyed by the massive protests and vigils and by the groundswell of support across economic and political levels for systemic change that will lead to a more equitable, humane and sustainable society. SAPCC is dedicated to that vision.
As is evident in our new 10-year plan, SAPCC works to improve equity in the community. And yet, as an organization with influence in the community, we recognize that we can and should be doing more to confront and dismantle white supremacy.
Change is necessary and long overdue. SAPCC believes that an answer to these systemic problems lies in more funding for mental health professionals to de-escalate situations, community-first public safety methods and replacement of school resource officers with more mental health resources.
We will be discussing ways to involve and engage more people who identify as BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color).”