Take Action: Getting Started

White Feelings: 0-60 for Charlottesville by Erynn Brook 8/12/17

Summary: a white anti-racist activist walks the reader through common white emotional responses to Charlottesville and offers advice for moving past them and mobilizing

Charlottesville organizers ask you to take these 8 actions by solidaritycville

Summary: call public officials in Charlottesville & sign petitions to support removal of confederate monuments, pressure UVA to remove degrees from Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler, donate to Black Lives Matter Charlottesville (https://www.paypal.me/blmcville), research local Nazis, organize community defense networks

What we need white allies to do about the white supremacists in Virginia by Lara Witt 8/12/17

“Right about today would be a great time to see white liberals denounce the actions of their fellow white folks and white supremacists protesting through the weekend. It would be a great time for them to admit that meeting white hate with a listening ear or a “well maybe we should give them a chance to explain” is not enough. …
We need you to put yourselves on the frontlines of anti-white supremacy protests, we need you to organize resistance which takes into account the radical perspectives of BIPOC activists, advocates, social workers and writers.
We need the good white people to use their social capital to create long-lasting, ever-present change to ensure the safety and well-being of marginalized folks. That means listening to the critiques of BIPOC; donating your resources to help abolitionist movements; donating your money to individual, grassroots organizations; creating safe environments for marginalized communities and individuals at work, at home, in your neighborhoods.”

How “Nice White People” Benefit from Charlottesville and White Supremacy by Lauren Duca 8/14/17

“Don’t write Charlottesville off as a one-night-only bigotry jamboree. Far-right groups are claiming this weekend as a “moral victory.” Let’s insist on making it the final, ugly death rattle of the racist monster that has haunted this country since the day it was founded. Seriously, guys, how much more of this movie do we need to see before we figure out the ending?”

 

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