For Immediate Release
April 20, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Guilty Verdict
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement as a result of the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
“Although we are relieved that Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges in the violent and tragic death of George Floyd, the EMILYs List family and community acknowledge the deep trauma that this and other killings of unarmed Black people and people of color have caused in our nation and world. Throughout these trying times, we hold fast to our belief that we must do everything in our power to combat the systemic racism that continues to plague our country and we will continue the work of making the halls of power more representative of the people it serves.”
“We know that even with the outcome of this case, there is still work to be done to ensure justice for all.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.