at the end the 5th day of Derek Chauvin's trial for the murder of George Floyd, I spoke with Black Lives Matter activists about the movement, personal contributions, and what's needed in this moment.
Kaia Hirt made news by chaining herself to the fence outside of the Hennepin County Courthouse day after day. Frank Nitty spoke of his 6+ year experience with BLM famously walking from Milwaukee to Washington D.C. documenting racist acts all the way. Sol frequently works at the George Floyd Memorial Square coordinating protests and advocating for the square's rights with the city.
Activists and well-wishers stopped by to offer donations, spirited chants, and fierce indictments of American legal and justice systems. Outside armed barricades and rolls of razor wire, protesters hope for a guilty verdict, for true police reform, and meaningful change within our institutions.
*Warning, the language in this video contains swearing and may not be appropriate for younger listeners.