Our community is still reeling from the vicious assaults that were perpetrated by neo-Nazis and white supremacists on our streets this weekend. This invasion ended in unspeakable violence and the deaths of three beautiful souls.
Please pray for Charlottesville and our country. Pray for those who lost their lives, their families and all who were injured.
We are stunned by this savagery but we will recover and we will overcome. At a time like this, I find comfort in the words of First Lady Michelle Obama,
“When they go low, we go high”.
We go high by loving one another.
No matter race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, we lift each other up. We support each other and never look away from injustice.
We go high by showing up.
We apply our mutual strength to build social awareness of the struggles of the least among us by attending healing services, participating in community projects, and educating. And in so doing we honor the fallen and solidify our sense of purpose.
We show up by staying engaged.
We must become the change that will pressure Virginia’s leaders to seriously tackle hate crimes, establish a task force to address the crisis of racism and exclusion in our Commonwealth, and with one voice proclaim that Virginia will not tolerate any ethos that seeks to terrorize any one of us for the color of our skin, the love in our hearts, or our chosen place of worship.
We go high by organizing within our community to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. We register voters, we knock on doors, we make phone calls, we turn out voters and we work the polls in Virginia EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Our reward is not in the victory, but in standing shoulder to shoulder with the most oppressed members of our community.
Please join us.
We are much stronger when we work together.
It’s time to get to work.