Taking Action in the Wake of Charlottesville

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How to Resist Special Edition: Charlottesville and White Supremacy

Hey guys,

Bridget here. Our next regularly scheduled email will still go out towards the end of the month, but there’s been a lot of super overwhelming content swirling around about Charlottesville and white supremacy. Since Civil Right and Government Transparency are two of my areas, I wanted to jump in and give you some reading that might help with context and share some relevant actions.

First of all, here’s a SUMMARY of what happened: On Saturday, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” march – ostensibly about protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, which was to be relocated to a museum. After several hours of protest and counter-protest, a 20-year-old man intentionally drove his car through a group of protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer. The President made a statement that condemned people on “all sides” for their actions in Charlottesville, implying that those protesting against the white supremacists were on equal footing to the racist and neo-Nazi groups. In fact, many groups that explicitly identify as neo-Nazis or white supremacists called his response a win.

On Monday, Trump did make a more forceful comment, which was widely regarded as being too little, too late. A number of members of his business advisory group resigned in protest, including some known conservative leaders.

Other members of the GOP – including Orrin Hatch and Jeff Sessions – condemned the rally and the attack — and folks identified as protesters began to face backlash from their jobs, schools, and web-hosts.

I’d like to encourage you to take a look at this photograph of a vehicle plowing into a group of protesters. It’s easy to separate yourself from acts of violence in a world where we’re so desensitized to violence, but this a really sad and visceral reminder that racially motivated hate is still very much an issue in this country.

As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or if there’s any info we can help you find.

Thanks in advance for engaging,

Bridget (and Caitlin and Megan)

howtoresist2017@gmail.com

ACTION ITEMS:

 

MORE CONTEXT:

  • Here’s the NYT overview

  • The “Unite the Right” rally was always intended to turn violent. According to Peter Moskowitz, a member of one of the groups present, Vanguard America, “warned me that many members were carrying handguns under their shirts. ‘We don’t want to do anything, but if the opposition starts something and the cops don’t finish it, we will.’”

  • Some information about the fall out, including folks that have been identified as protesters.

  • A father has disavowed his white supremacist son.

  • Here are Trump’s most recent comments.

  • If you support racist policies, you are a racist. Here’s why.

  • White male extremists are on the rise, as are acts of terror perpetrated by white men. Read a really stunning explanation – from Teen Vogue – here.

  • There are white women actively participating in the neo-Nazi movement; don’t lose sight of that.

 

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU:

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF-REFLECTION:

Here are some signs you might be a neo-Nazi — you probably aren’t, but does any of this speak to you as related to a way in which you might be complicit with white supremacy?

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