Racism is a wound—one that remains infected and unhealed in our society. Prejudice, racial bias, exclusion, and oppression continue to wreak havoc in criminal justice system, as evidenced by the modern-day lynching of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Watch the video below to hear how Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops responded to the killing, and how we are called to do the same:

As people of faith, we are called to respond to harm and violence in ways that honor the dignity of every person, ensure accountability, heal broken relationships, and transform broken systems that currently only transfer trauma and suffering. Dismantling racism is hard and necessary. Its ugly tentacles are often found within our communities, systems, and even ourselves. Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you to join us in deepening this conversation on systemic racism as part of our journey to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. Indeed, the work of anti-racism is essential for building up the culture of life we seek.