American Rivers Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

April 20, 2021 
Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 

Tom Kiernan, President and CEO of American Rivers, made the following statement: 

“The tragic murder of George Floyd should never have happened, but we are grateful to see justice served today through the conviction verdicts. While we support the verdicts, we acknowledge the pain and suffering felt by George Floyd’s family and the community and recognize that as a nation we have much more work to do to address injustice everywhere.

Racism, injustice, and violence are existential threats to Black communities and our society.  We re-commit to doing our part to name and dismantle injustice wherever we see it, within our organization and throughout the river conservation movement, so that we may build a more just, healthy, and equitable society.”