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Charlottesville, VA Tragedy
Posted On: Aug 14, 2017
Dear UFCW 1776 Family,
We are incredibly saddened by the events that took place on Saturday in Charlottesville, VA. Tragedy struck in the form of a heinous and blatantly racist attack on the American people. Hundreds of white nationalists descended onto the city with torches and guns for a "Unite the Right" march. The protest quickly turned violent and as a result, several were injured and killed, including a young woman who was an advocate for the disenfranchised.
We cannot stand for attacks such as these on our brothers and sisters. There is NO PLACE in our country for white supremacy, racism, or neo-Nazism, and we must continue to fight for acceptance and equality. As a union, we are proud to be inclusive and represent a membership with many different backgrounds. We are incredibly proud of the diversity we represent and strive to maintain an inclusive environment for our entire union family.
President Trump's initial response to this attack has been anything but presidential. His words were pathetic and do not represent what our country stands for. President Trump's non-condemnation only emboldens those with hate in their hearts, both in his campaign and his response on Saturday. He is a sniveling, racist president...there is no other way to view such an irresponsible and mean-spirited individual. We do not stand for the hateful rhetoric President Trump's non-response has allowed. We, as a union, will make sure our members' voices are heard and that hate does not win.
From this tragedy, there is a chance to force change. This is the opportunity to organize and mobilize, to push hateful people away from our society. The response in support of the victims has been inspiring and needs to be multiplied in order to make sure we are heard. Peacefully protest, reach out to elected officials, make sure our voices are heard and that the racists in this country know that their hate is not welcome here. This must turn into action, and as a union, we plan to do our part to make sure our members' voices are heard.
This is the time to take action, to use your voice, to demand the White House to take a stand against racism and racist violence.