The following statement may be attributed to the American Red Cross:
For too many families and communities across our nation, this past year has brought tragedy and trauma that will not easily be forgotten. As a humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating suffering, it is our hope that each of us will look to address this hurt, embrace our shared humanity and find healing through unity.
During the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd this past week, the American Red Cross has been working with local partners to support a temporary evacuation center and a hotel shelter in Brooklyn Center for more than 100 nearby residents seeking refuge from ongoing unrest. As needed, we will expand our support following today’s verdict, and trained Red Cross volunteers are onsite helping to assess the needs of displaced residents to provide food, emotional support and information.
The Red Cross has plans in place to quickly adapt wherever and whenever emergencies may arise. While much remains uncertain, our humanitarian work must continue, which includes collecting and distributing lifesaving blood products for patients in need, and responding to other emergencies, such as home fires.
While the verdict has brought the trial to an end, the Red Cross recognizes that finding any true feelings of closure may not be possible. The troubling events of recent weeks have continued to put a spotlight on the very real pain, anxiety and fear that far too many Americans still face because of ongoing racism and intolerance.
As an organization, we strongly and resoundingly reject hate, racism, violence and bigotry of any kind. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, we are proud to stand by our seven Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These principles are at the very root of our mission to prevent and alleviate suffering. As Red Crossers, we reach out with compassion and empathy to those who’ve been targeted by hate, while always promoting human dignity.