Earlier this week, we held an important and urgent organizing phone call – a national conversation against hate in response to what happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We want to lift up the civil and human rights leaders who provided background and guidance during our call: Brittany Caine-Conley of Sojourners United Church of Christ of Charlottesville, Virginia; Leah Greenberg of Indivisible; Pastor Michael McBride of PICO National Network; Rabbi Jonah Pesner of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change.
Please find below a list of actions you can take in response to this past weekend’s events in Charlottesville. While not an exhaustive list of all actions taking place, below you will find a list of ten immediate actions that you can take to stop white supremacy and stand up for civil and human rights. Check back in on our website, http://civilrights.org/, for the most up-to-date information about steps you can take.
10 Actions That You Can Take To Stop White Supremacy And Stand Up For Civil And Human Rights
- Demand President Trump fire Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. Sign The Leadership Conference petition here: http://bit.ly/2uGTRkk
- Stop credit card companies from allowing white supremacists to sell their hate-based products and message online. Learn more about the #NoBloodMoney campaign here: http://bit.ly/2uGAzMj
- Take ‘Em All Down. Symbols of hate and oppression are naming our schools and scattered throughout parks, capitol buildings and public places. This campaign seeks to remove Confederate monuments and symbols: http://bit.ly/2wc64wX
- Call your state legislator (if you live in FL, MA, MO, NC, ND, RI, NT, or TX) and tell them to protect the protesters. Free speech and the right to peaceably assemble are among the cornerstones of our democracy. Several states recently introduced legislation that harms protesters by protecting the terrorists who attack protesters. Find your state legislator here: https://openstates.org/
- Quit the Council. Tell CEOs who attend Trump’s Technology Council to #QuitTheCouncil now. Sign the Color of Change petition here: bit.ly/quitthecouncil
- Join a solidarity event near you. Check out Indivisible’s event guide here: http://bit.ly/2vxhXLR
- Demand Members of Congress back up their words with action. Lawmakers must back up their rejection of white supremacy with real action: Tell your members of Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act and block funding for Trump’s border wall. Find your members here: https://contactingcongress.org/.
- Amplify #BeTheLightForJustice. Leaders in the faith and racial justice communities are teaming up to share positive messages of individuals standing up for justice. The NAACP has teamed up with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to amplify positive messages in the face of blatant hate.
- Share your story through Communities Against Hate. If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed a hate incident, please encourage them to share their story with www.CommunitiesAgainstHate.org or the hotline (1-844-9-NO-HATE or 1-844-966-4283).
- Be a Righteous Resister. Clergy can join #righteousresistance and visit www.thisisworr.org to join the movement, educate congregations, and find out what ways congregations can become a part of local and national actions.
We believe in the power of coalition to bring people together for a common purpose. In coalition, there is strength. We are prepared to stand with—and for—all who live in our country in support of civil and human rights and justice for all. We will resist any attempts by hate-based groups on the fringe of American society that seek to discriminate against, oppress, or marginalize any members of our communities.
We will reach out with further information and action steps in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please stay in touch. Any questions? Please reach out to Field Associate, Jordyn Bussey (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be able to help you find the answer to your question or to reach the appropriate individual or organization.