Response to Charlottesville, VA, and a Call to Action

August 22, 2017

Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee Response to Charlottesville, VA, and a Call to Action

The recent “Unite the Right” rally and related events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have highlighted an element of our current society that is vitriolic, shameful, and counterproductive to the ideals and principles of our country.

Like many of you, the Executive Committee of the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee has been shaken by the racist and discriminatory violence demonstrated by white right-wing groups including the KKK, neo-Nazis, the “alt-right,” and other hate-based groups.

The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee wholeheartedly condemns and rejects the positions of these hate-based groups and the principles they embrace.

Over the past several days, members of our Executive Committee have participated in efforts to address local discrimination and immigrant rights as well as to have productive conversations about historical artifacts such as post-Civil War statues that, to some, serve as a point of reverence and, to others, inject painful reminders of inequality and injustice.

As we face the days ahead, we encourage not only all Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee members but also all who condemn and reject the positions and principles of these hate-based groups to remain engaged and to participate in peaceful dialogue. More than conversation, we encourage members and nonmembers to be active and to support local organizations and activists’ groups advocating for anti-discrimination and equality of all US citizens and residents of our country.

To be involved, consider the following to show your support:

  1. Continually utilize social media and other public venues to denounce hate and domestic terrorism.
  2. Hold current elected officials accountable for their positions in response to the “Unite the Right” rally while addressing local and state officials who have been silent in their response.
  3. Remember Heather Heyer and the ultimate sacrifice she gave.
  4. Donate to Marcus Martin, Tyler Magill, Natalie Romero, Dre Harris, and others who are recovering from life-threatening injuries.
  5. Get involved with ACCDC’s Candidate Development efforts to elect strong Democrats who will take a clear stand against hate, discrimination, and inequality.

Respectfully,
the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee