Tuesday, May 25 marked one year since George Floyd lost his life lying under the knee of a police officer. His death came on the heels of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor and the killing of Ahmaud Arbery by so-called good Samaritans, sparking worldwide protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Today, a plethora of organizations in the U.S. and around the world are paying homage to Floyd through a number of events and rallies.
The NAACP hosted a virtual day of action while honoring Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his murder. They asked supporters to take action by contacting their local senators and demanding they get the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed.
“To ensure this critical bill gets passed on or before the one-year mark of the murder of George Floyd, we’re targeting state senators who are on the fence or opposed to the bill to surpass the three-fifths rule or 60 votes, which will unanimously pass the bill in congress,” their website call to action read.
- Minneapolis Hosts Rally at George Floyd Square
Minneapolis also held rallies near George Floyd square where shots reportedly rang out nearby, CNN reports.
- Minneapolis and New York Holds Moment of Silence for 9 Minutes and 29 Seconds
Cities in Minneapolis and New York honored the passing of George Floyd with a moment of silence that lasted for the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck, CBS Minnesota reports.
“It’s been a troubling year, a long year,” Bridgett Floyd told a crowd at a rally, via AP News. “But we made it. They say with God all things are possible and I’m a true believer in that … The love is very outpouring today. The love is here. George is here.”
- Germany Hosts Rally for George Floyd
Worldwide, countries like Germany joined in on commemorating Floyd’s passing by hosting a peaceful rally where supporters came together to speak out against racial and social injustice.
- U.S. Embassies in Cambodia, Greece and Spain Mark One-Year Anniversary of Floyd’s Death
The U.S. embassies in Cambodia, Greece and Spain marked Floyd’s passing in honor of the movement his death helped ignite, AM Greatness report. The global support comes as the Biden administration works with the Senate to get George Floyd Justice in Policing Act signed into law.