An important message about dismantling white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA tomorrow (right: flyer for the event). From Sarah Thompson, the executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams:
First and foremost I want to send love to you all.
Thank you for who you are and the work that you are doing in the world.
It is important. You are courageous. Now is the time to grow our souls.
Please read on.
This weekend, a racist rally is taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia called “Unite the Right.” You can read about it online (poster attached). This article by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors “hate groups and other extremists,” warns that the rally could be “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” The convergence of alt-right folks has been emboldened by the national administration, and they do have a sense of their world falling apart. They chose Charlottesville to rally after that city’s vote to remove the Confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Their goal is to bring white people on the right wing together, out from the shadow of the internet, so they can cultivate real relationships and craft a palatable platform to build more political power. The images they chose for the rally draw from Nazi-era propoganda. Continue reading “Encircle Them With Energetic Encouragement”