We’re in awe of all those that stood up against hate this week, including thousands in Charlottesville who risked their lives defending their community against white supremacy: The courageous students who were circled by white supremacists; the church leaders who locked arms, sang, and drowned out the Nazis’ chants; the man who was hurt protecting his loved one; and those who ran to help the injured.
Thank you to groups including SolidarityCville, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Congregate Cville, and so many others who acted heroically. (You can help by donating to counter-protesters’ legal and medical funds, including this GoFundMefor a man beaten by white supremacists.)
As Cornel West, who was on the front lines in Charlottesville, said:
“This is a massive awakening. We’ve already seen an awakening taking place in the last few years. It will intensify. We’ve seen marvelous demonstrations in a variety of different cities… I think that we have to have a real sense of commitment to being a hope in such a bleak moment. And we can turn things around.”
Your weekly songspiration!
1. People organized Charlottesville solidarity rallies around the country:
2. One of the white nationalist organizers tried to hold a press conference in Charlottesville, but people drowned him out and chased him away in less than five minutes. Meanwhile, upcoming alt-right and white supremacy rallies are being canceled by cities and even the organizers themselves, and the ACLU reversed its policy and will no longer defend armed hate groups.
And in Durham, NC, after protesters tore down a Confederate statue, hundreds joined in solidarity to turn themselves in. To learn more about how you can help Takiyah Thompson, the 22-year-old student who’s facing charges, check this out.
4. After North Carolina community members—including a local NAACP chapter, women’s groups, students, and teachers—spoke out for months, their county school board banned Confederate flags, swastikas, and KKK insignia from schools. (Thanks to our readers Crissy and Marilyn for letting us know!)
5. Corporate America is feeling the heat: Members Trump’s advisory council began resigning, while remaining members planned to disband the group entirely until he disbanded them himself. Plus, tons of companies—including Apple, Discover, Visa, and MasterCard, Spotify, PayPal, Cloudflare, Airbnb, GoDaddy, Google, WordPress, Squarespace, OKCupid, and Facebook—are prohibiting hate groups from using and profiting from their services. Thank you to Color of Change, Sleeping Giants, and the #BackersofHate campaign for your work!
7. The federal government will pay this month’s Obamacare subsidies.
9. Save Our Schools collected 110,000 signatures to add a referendum to the 2018 Arizona state ballot to stop the expansion of school vouchers. This group of parents and teachers had no previous political experience, but they rallied community support, protested, met with politicians, testified before the state legislature, and made this happen. Thank you to our readers Sharon and Marilyn!
10. After an immigrant died in a New Jersey detention center, First Friends and other groups protested and spoke out about the center’s history of medical neglect—and led to the creation of a medical review panel and monthly meetings with advocacy groups.
11. On the fifth anniversary of DACA, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, a group of educators and allies occupied the Texas attorney general’s office and people rallied all across the country in support of DREAMers.
12. After a New York politician made intensely racist comments, members of Open Buffalo, SURJ Buffalo, and other groups repeatedly disrupted school board meetings and picketed his home and office—and led to his removal from the school board.
13. In Texas, a judge dismissed a lawsuit that defended a ban on sanctuary cities, a bathroom bill died, and a Federal court ruled (for the fourth time!) that the state’s voter maps illegally discriminate against Hispanic and black voters and must be redrawn.
P.P.S. Seriously, don’t be a sucker.
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