Charlottesville

DeAndre Harris

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Your DGB for today is to intervene again in the ongoing white supremacist issues in Charlottesville, VA.

When actual goddamn nazis descended on Charlottesville back in August, Black counter-protester, DeAndre Harris, was badly beaten by a group of white supremacists in a video widely circulated online. Resulting crowdsourcing led by activist Shaun King eventually led to the identification and arrest of two of Harris’ attackers.

Later, a man named Ray Crews, member of a documented hate group, alleged that Harris injured him that same day. After Charlottesville police declined to immediately arrest Harris based on the allegation, Crews went directly to a local judge. We don’t know exactly what occurred, but a warrant was issued for Harris’ arrest, circumventing the usual course of law enforcement. It looks shady. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/us/charlottesville-deandre-harris-arrest/index.html

Today, you’ll contact the Chief Magistrate in the Charlottesville district and let them know this doesn’t pass the smell test.

 

Avnel Alair Coates

Sixteenth Judicial District

1610 Avon Street Extended

Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 977-0220

 

Anti-Protest Laws: Car vs. Pedestrian Edition

Your DGB for today is to find out if Republicans in your state are trying to pass laws protecting terrorists like James Field; and if they are, to call your lawmakers about it.

We are all still reeling from the events in Charlottesville, VA, especially the death of Heather Heyer and the injury of 19 others, who were all plowed into by a white supremacist terrorist with a driver’s license. When this method (vehicle-on-pedestrian) has been used by ISIS to kill and disrupt, politicians in the United States are lightning-quick to condemn. But, as we speak, GOP lawmakers in six states are actually trying to pass laws that actually protect drivers who hit pedestrian protesters. Yep. And if you are wondering what might motivate the “party of Lincoln” to do such a thing, look no further than the rise of Black Lives Matter and the anti-Trump resistance. Apparently the GOP doesn’t care if dissent gets mowed down in the street.

If you are a voter in Florida, North Dakota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, or Texas, get ahold of your state representative and give him or her a piece of your mind. If you aren’t in one of those states, you might still live in a state that is cracking down on protesting in other ways. Find out, and speak out. Peaceful protest should be protected and no one should lose their life because they chose to exercise their rights.  

 

Actual Goddamn Nazis in Charlottesville

Your DGB for today is to go to this Twitter thread, pick a good cause in Charlottesville, VA, and make a material donation as a stand against the hate we’ve seen there this week. 

On Friday and Saturday, unabashed and unashamed racist hatemongers took to the streets of Charlottesville, VA to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader, General Robert E. Lee.  Scores of people were injured, and one counter-protester was killed by a terrorist mowing down people in the street. Despite the argument that Confederate statues represent “Southern pride” and not white supremacy, we note that those agitating for the statues to remain were carrying flags with swastikas on them, shouting Nazi slogans, and throwing up the Nazi straight-arm salute.

We also note that those irritating red MAGA hats made an appearance on the heads of white supremacists marching, some shouted “Heil Trump”, and that former KKK grand wizard David Duke specifically said he was marching in Donald Trump’s name. Before pandering to these deplorables, the President should’ve listened to Fox Mulder, who once wisely asked “Did you really think you could call up the devil and expect him to behave?”

While Trump and his followers have made being openly racist “cool” again, they did not invent racism. It’s been here the whole time, ever since this country was founded on stolen land and built with kidnapping and enslavement. Not that it *ever* was, but this is NO TIME to sit on the sidelines. Stand up against institutional racism, micro-aggressions, white supremacy, white privilege, and all that messy, ugly stuff. After you donate to a Charlottesville organization, look around you at your own family, your community, and yourself and ask: how can you make a change?