Posted by Arab American Institute on August 14, 2017 in Blog

AAI Statement in Response to the Tragedy in Charlottesville

We are devastated but sadly not surprised by what we all witnessed on Saturday in Charlottesville. Whether these extremists are called white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis or fascists – they have no legitimate place in the dialogue of our nation. Hate is not a view or position; it is an evil that must be fought. 

We stand in solidarity today with allies who demand that we speak and act with moral clarity against hatred, bigotry and racism. That includes demanding that any Trump administration officials aligned with neo-Nazis or white supremacist be dismissed.

We’ve been confronting and calling out hatred and the violence it drives since our founding in 1985 and will continue to do so no matter the target. We will always stand with our allies in the fight against hate. 

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9 Actions That You Can Take To Stop White Supremacy And Stand Up For Civil And Human Rights

  1. Stop credit card companies from allowing white supremacists to sell their hate-based products and message online. Learn more about the #NoBloodMoney campaign led by Color of Change here: http://bit.ly/2uGAzMj
  2. Some states are actively considering legislation to criminalize democratic protests infringing on our First Amendment rights. Call your state legislator (especially if you live in FL, MA, MO, NC, ND, RI, TN, or TX) and tell them to protect your right to protest. Free speech and the right to peaceably assemble are among the cornerstones of our democracy.  Find your state legislator here: https://openstates.org/ 
  3. Join a solidarity event near you. Indivisible, a group founded “to resist the Trump Agenda,” has an event guide here: http://bit.ly/2vxhXLR
  4. On social amplify positive messaging with #BeTheLightForJustice. Launched by the NAACP and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism the images are powerful. Check out the hashtag and share your own.
  5. If a hate group comes to your town use this response kit from The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and use this hotline to report hate incidents. https://8449nohate.org/
  6. This guide from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sets out 10 principles for fighting hate, along with a collection of inspiring stories of people who worked to push hate out of their communities. CLICK HERE 
  7. Headed back to a college campus this fall? The SPLC has a new Campus Guide on Countering the “Alt-Right” CLICK HERE
  8. Don’t let discrimination go unchallenged. Follow these resources and information on where to report instances of discrimination and hate. CLICK HERE
  9. Continue empowering your community by following our Advocacy Road Map http://www.aaiusa.org/advocacy_road_map which covers Bigotry, Hate Crimes & Discrimination, Surveillance and Palestine.