Closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial are today. Next, the jury will begin deliberating and a verdict will be rendered. This seminal moment in history calls for collective progress toward justice and equity and a condemnation of injustice, particularly for those historically marginalized and silenced, including Black citizens.
The trial, on top of the recent killing of Daunte Wright, as well as other events happening throughout the country, has created a tremendous amount of anger, fear, stress, and anxiety, and Minnesota is the national focus of these emotions. We ask that all members of our Saint Mary’s community continue to live our Lasallian Catholic values by exhibiting respect for all persons, engaging in civil discourse, being open to others’ perspectives, and being kind and caring.
For students on the Winona Campus, please remember that the Wellness Center is available to you as a resource, and Mass is offered daily at 12:15 p.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel.
While we pray for peace, healing, equity, and justice for our communities and our nation, we know that action is imperative. Addressing the systemic injustices in the world will take our nation’s collective perseverance, wisdom, and courage.