Hundreds of white supremacists and self-proclaimed neo-Nazis converged from all over the US on Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. Three courageous people lost their lives as a result.

Photo of Heather Heyer, murdered by a car driven into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017Heather Heyer

Photo of Jay Cullen, a Virginia state trooper killed in a helicopter crash while on duty monitoring demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017Jay Cullen

Photo of Berke M. M. Bates, a Virginia state trooper killed in a helicopter crash while on duty monitoring demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017Berke M.M. Bates

Here are some ways you can contribute in honor of their sacrifice:

This is terrorism, plain and simple. Much of the news media coverage has been on the horrific car attack on peaceful counter-protestors. We call your attention as well to other attacks on Saturday on peaceful citizens such as this mob assault on a young black man (warning: graphic image) next door to the Charlottesville police station. Terrorism means the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. We know of no better way to describe what happened in Charlottesville this weekend.

Some of those very same individuals who converged in Charlottesville are apparently considering coming to Boston this coming Saturday afternoon, August 19. If they come, let’s be prepared to show them, as proud non-violent Bostonians, that hate is not welcome here!

And thanks to the Boston Police Department for their speedy arrest of a suspect in the attack on Boston’s Holocaust Memorial today. Not all the haters come from elsewhere, apparently!

Here are a few Boston-area organizations that would benefit from your time, donations, and energy to fight white supremacy and neo-Nazis. Please add your suggestions of other organizations doing good work in this area in the comments below!

If you are looking for a place to bring the anti-racism work that you or your group are doing (so you have a place to work and so others can join you) we invite you to consider Impact Hub Boston’s next Open Project Night on Monday, September 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. And please join us to get involved!

Update: Thanks as well to the City of Boston for restoring our Holocaust Memorial overnight!

Boston Holocaust Memorial on the morning of August 15, 2017, with presence from Boston Police Department K-9 unit

Boston Holocaust Memorial, 8-15-2017