Katal Newsletter - August 17, 2017

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Charlottesville, America

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


Charlottesville, America

 

The events in Charlottesville this past weekend have rightly shocked the nation. White supremacists and neo-Nazis marched to promote racism, then attacked people who were protesting white supremacy. Many people were seriously injured. A local young Black man, Deandre Harris, wassavagely beaten by white supremacists. A young white woman, Heather Heyer, who went to Charlottesville to join others in protesting white supremacy, was killed by a racist who drove his car into the crowd. 

By not denouncing the violence of white supremacists, President Trump's vulgar response to Charlottesville this week gave white supremacists an unequivocal boost. When the president talked about "law and order," we recalled a quote from civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer: “Black people know what white people mean when they say ‘law and order’.” 

Katal exists to work toward an equitable, healthier, more just society. We stand for civil and human rights, and in the face of a rising tide of racism in the U.S., we will work even harder to oppose fascism, racism, and white supremacy. 

We can all take action right now in support of human and civil rights. For our friends and supporters who are white, this is especially important to get involved now. As Howard Zinn once said, "you can't be neutral on a moving train." We've listed 10 steps below for taking action -- today, tomorrow, and in the days ahead. In this challenging time in our country, we need to stand together for what is right.

Onward, 

Lorenzo, gabriel, Melody, and the entire Katal team. 


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

 

1. Donate to support anti-racist activism in Charlottesville 

2. Help cover medical expenses for the people attacked by white supremacists last weekend 

3. Learn more about what the organizers in Charlottesville want folks to do

4. Support those who were arrested after taking down a Confederate statue in Durham, NC, by contributing to the Freedom Fighter Bond Fundand contacting the Durham District Attorney and Sheriff and demand no arrests 

5. Demand President Trump fire Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, two advisors who promote racism. Sign The Leadership Conference petition here

6. Stop credit card companies from allowing white supremacists to sell their hate-based products and message online. Learn more about the #NoBloodMoney campaign here

7. Take ‘Em All Down. Symbols of hate and oppression are found in the names of many schools and scattered throughout parks, capitol buildings and public places. Check out the campaign to remove Confederate monuments and symbols

8. Participate in the Movement for Black Lives (#MB4L) August 19th Day of Action. Check out more information about the upcoming day of action here

9. Join a solidarity event near you. Check out Indivisible’s event guide here

10. Particularly for white folks -- read and share this famous article by James Baldwin, about the crisis of leadership in the white community when it comes to addressing racism

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