Good morning, FAM. I’m sure, like me, you are feeling overwhelmed, saddened, and disgusted in the wake of the racist and anti-Semitic violence in Charlottesville. The thing is, although they were horrifying, the events in Charlottesville were not shocking or surprising. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 917 active hate groups in the U.S., and they are emboldened by a president who continually dog whistles his support of their agenda and refuses to denounce their actions.
Here are small steps you can take today to combat hate:
National. Donate to an organization like the Southern Poverty Law Center that is dedicated to fighting hate groups. To donate to the SPLC, click here.
National. In the wake of Charlottesville, Representative Jack Bergman tweeted, "These bigoted acts should be condemned and denounced by all Americans!" While it is good that Jack is denouncing bigotry, his refusal to specify whose bigoted acts he is condemning (like Trump’s refusal to do so) is troubling. Let’s call Bergman (202-225-4735) to demand that he specifically condemn the actions of white supremacists, and that he condemn them as acts of domestic terrorism. Let’s demand that our representatives in Congress hold Trump accountable for his refusal to distance himself from white supremicists. Specifically, we could ask Bergman to sponsor, as this article from The Atlantic suggests, "a bipartisan congressional resolution that condemns white supremacists and censures the president."
National. (via Daily Action): "Today’s Daily Action is to call the White House at 844-241-1141 (will put you through to either the main switchboard or the comment line) to condemn President Trump’s statements regarding the tragedy in Charlottesville and to urge him to do better. Trump’s statement which cast the blame on "hate on many sides" created a false equivalence between white supremacists, racists and anti-semites – and the counter-protestors.
A later statement from the White House tried to clarify what the President said but only made things worse – because the President refused to say it himself.
Indeed, the founder of a neo-Nazi website called the Daily Stormer thanked Donald Trump for his support saying ‘He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.’
The White House needs to know that we are watching. If the lines are busy, call again.
We are tracking the number of calls and so even though the President tries to lie about everything from TV ratings to inaugural crowd sizes and approval poll numbers, he will not be able to lie about how many people have called him today to condemn his coddling of violent domestic terrorists."