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.
Berke M.M. Bates
Here are some ways you can contribute in honor of their sacrifice:
- the Charlottesville chapter of the NAACP, a national organization fighting for justice and equality since 1909,
- Charlottesville Pride, supporting the LGBTQ community in central Virginia,
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Charlottesville chapter, a national organization of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.
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!
- NAACP Boston, the oldest chapter of the NAACP, fights for justice and equality for all people of color in Boston,
- Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of refugees and immigrants,
- SURJ Boston, the local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, organizing white people in the Boston area for racial justice (including some sub-groups meeting here at Impact Hub Boston),
- Anti-Defamation League, New England Office, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry across New England.
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!