sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-08-12 02:54 pm

Shake me and make me remember

I had a bunch of things I wanted to post about this afternoon, but they have been temporarily displaced by Nazis. I tend to assume everyone who might read this journal is ahead of me on the news curve, but if not, Charlottesville is in a state of emergency after this morning's white supremacist rally was suspended due to violence breaking out. An as yet unidentified car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters. (Funny how you can scream about Islamic terrorism till you're blue in the face, but there's nothing wrong with vehicle-ramming when it's white hands on the wheel.) As a person miles away from Virginia who has been trying to figure out what to do beyond making phone calls to politicians and yelling on the internet, I found the following links useful:

Sara Benincasa has compiled a list of local nonprofits who could use the support, including NAACP Albemarle-Charlottesville, Charlottesville Pride, Meals on Wheels Charlottesville, Congregation Beth Israel, and Virginia's Legal Aid Justice Center.

Charlottesville Solidarity Legal Fund is a community resource that posts bail and raises other funds for anti-racist activists.

Beloved Community Charlottesville raises money for local charities based directly and proportionately on the number of neo-Nazis who show for the rally.

I'll add other resources if I come across them. I've just been reminded one of my mother's cousins lives in Charlottesville. [edit] They are fine. One fatality confirmed from the car attack, one suspect in custody. One man in the White House doing nothing to condemn terrorism when it's the same color as his skin.
asakiyume: (aquaman is sad)

[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-08-12 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
In the more-white-supremacists-than-you-can-shake-a-stick-at category, I'm caught up in my own town with counteracting a dumping of KKK literature in my neighborhood. We're planning an explicit no-racism, no-hate potluck-style town picnic--bring food and instruments. The idea is to show each other and the rest of the world that for every piece of vile nastiness they want to spread, we can welcome harder and wider and with more joy (and food. and friendship).

Thanks for the links. No community should have to go through this alone.
asakiyume: (aquaman is sad)

[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-08-12 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I really like your edit. I mean, not the fact that there's cause to say it, but. You know.
lauradi7dw: (Default)

"nothing wrong"

[personal profile] lauradi7dw 2017-08-12 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
even our ridiculous president, or his ghost writer, managed to put out a concerned boilerplate message
>>We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!<<

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/12/542982015/home-to-university-of-virginia-prepares-for-violence-at-white-nationalist-rally
lauradi7dw: (Default)

Re: "nothing wrong"

[personal profile] lauradi7dw 2017-08-12 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes. In terms of twitter, though, I was interested to see that it seems that somewhere he has a script to copy that says, simply (with no specific references) that violence is bad. I wonder whether there are staffer-prepared remarks available in case of many situations. Melania used the #Charlottesville hashtag, and he didn't. Although now that I look at it again, he didn't say that violence is always bad.
>>There is no place for this kind of violence in America.<<
sartorias: (tosh)

Re: "nothing wrong"

[personal profile] sartorias 2017-08-12 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
If left to himself he'd roll his eyes and say "Whatever." After all, the news isn't about him, and that's what's *important*.
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Re: "nothing wrong"

[personal profile] owl 2017-08-13 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
I believe the horrible Spencer has already tweeted something to that effect.
lauradi7dw: (Default)

murdering driver arrested

[personal profile] lauradi7dw 2017-08-12 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"State official says driver of car that plowed into group of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., is in custody"
that was about 4 PM
a_reasonable_man: (Default)

[personal profile] a_reasonable_man 2017-08-12 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
An event like this does focus the mind. Thank you for posting the links to places to donate money. I hope there will be victim's fund.

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[personal profile] cmcmck 2017-08-13 12:08 pm (UTC)(link)
When is a terrorist not a terrorist?

When they're white, it seems. :o/