The community of Charlottesville has been rocked by white supremacist terror yet they are showing strength and resolve through the mourning.
We in BLM Cville encourage national and local organizations who would like to support the work we began before this weekend to assist us by increasing pressure regarding the following.
This could include community education gatherings during which attendees are encouraged to show their support through letter writing campaigns, online petitions or other creative means of reinforcing the following demands:
On Aug. 30th, there is a hearing on Charlottesville’s city request to dismiss the case by The Monument Fund, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and other individuals, on the grounds that the law they are using to challenge City Council’s decision does not apply to this particular statue. If the city wins, we can legally remove the Lee statue. We ask for organizations to put national pressure on Judge Richard Moore of the Charlottesville Circuit Court and urge him to dismiss the lawsuit and be on the right side of history.
Both Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, the local organizer of the Unite The Right rally, derive a lot of their intellectual credibility in the alt-right because of their degrees from the prestigious University of Virginia. We ask organizations to put national pressure on UVA to publicly denounce alumni Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, revoke their diplomas and commit to ejecting them from UVA Grounds, if they ever enter this space again. Until UVA takes these steps, it is complicit in the violence they engender.
- We ask organizations to put national pressure on Mayor Mike Signer and Councilwoman Kathy Galvin--both of whom voted against removing the monument to white supremacy from our public park--to change their votes and stand united before the court date on Aug. 30th. We expect this as a sign that they have our back against white supremacist hate as our elected leaders. Failing that, we ask for their resignation.
- Lastly, you can support organizers on the ground by donating.