In response to the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, AASUA expresses its solidarity with protests directed toward changes to end racism and inequality. These protests and demonstrations were not spawned by this single incident, but years of discrimination and systemic violence against people of colour, indigenous peoples, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We do not have to look far for similar excessive use of force experiences to George Floyd, including in Edmonton, such as by Jean-Claude Rukundo in 2018 https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/in-edmonton-it-happens-a-lot-local-black-man-restrained-by-the-neck-during-arrest-speaks-out-1.4970260. Substantial and meaningful changes are necessary in policing practices and judicial systems in North America and globally to end these injustices.
In its commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusiveness, the AASUA bylaws preamble states: "The Association is a member-driven democratic organization that aspires, in all of its work, activities, and decision-making, to maximizing the full participation and engagement of and communication with all of its members and overcoming historical and structural inequities relating to gender identity, sexuality, ability, age, racial, ethnic or religious identity, and family status." The Association and its members, are continuing with this approach to affect meaningful change on our campus and a commensurate influence on society.