Tonight’s grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson is one fraught with emotion. The events of the year have led much of America to question issues of justice and race in a manner which has become increasingly common in recent years. There is never an excuse for the loss of life, no matter the circumstance. Michael Brown was just starting his young life and his family’s grieving does not end with this verdict. We are extremely disappointed in the outcome, but respect the wishes of the family of Michael Brown and protest what we see as an injustice non-violently. Our hope as an organization, is that we can continue to address issues of systemic racism, socio-economic inequality and freedom of speech. As Democrats we firmly believe everyone deserves a fair chance at the American Dream. As Young Democrats we know we must work to ensure the injustices we see today are not repeated again tomorrow.