Washington, DC – Over the weekend, people of conscience showed up in Charlottesville, VA to stand against hate and speak out against torch wielding white supremacists who chanted against immigrants, people of color, Jewish people and members of the LGBTQ community. Tragically, one white supremacist, drove a car into a crowd of peaceful civil rights protesters, murdering one and injuring many more.
Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director of United We Dream issued the following statement:
“United We Dream honors the spirit and commitment of freedom fighter Heather Heyer whose life was taken by a white supremacist killer.
“The images this weekend of white supremacists, carrying Nazi flags and openly parading through the streets shook us to our core. At United We Dream, we receive hateful messages on twitter, on the phone and via email every day. They repeat lies they’ve heard from television, they quote Donald Trump and they threaten to send immigration agents to our homes.
“These white supremacists were emboldened to step out from the anonymity of their computers and white hoods to march through the streets because they have accomplices working at the highest levels in the White House, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.
“The immediate reactions from the White House and senior officials to this weekend’s violence, their reluctance to denounce the recent bombing of a mosque, their calls for police brutality and blanket support of policies and people who kill, lock up or disappear people of color continue to embolden white supremacists.
“At United We Dream, we are committed to organizing against their hatred and winning with love. We are fighting with all of our might to build a better, more inclusive and just country where everyone can thrive as their full and authentic selves.”