Move to Amend Statement on White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville
“White supremacy is anti-democractic,” says National Democracy Coalition
(Charlottesville, NC) - Last Saturday, the city of Charlottesville was the scene of one of the deadliest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South. A long-planned demonstration by known hate groups and white supremacists descended into violent clashes with counter-protesters that left one woman dead and over a dozen anti-racist activists injured. In response to the violence, Move to Amend’s National Board of Directors released the following statement:
“Once again, the tragedy in Charlottesville has brought race and racism to the surface of national attention. Sadly, the violence fomented by the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other “alt-right” white nationalists on Saturday is the latest in a long list of actions throughout our nation’s history of white supremacy by individuals and institutions that includes attempted genocide of native peoples by the U.S. government, slavery sanctioned by the Constitution, lynchings, systemic rape, broken treaty promises, beatings, arrests “for being black,” voter suppression, internments, income disparity, deportations, and systematic discrimination in housing, education and employment – among others.
Racism and white supremacy are one of many forms of oppression that our nation has neither honestly nor thoroughly acknowledged – let alone rectified. Authentic democracy simply cannot exist in a culture of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of institutional and cultural oppression that excludes large numbers of human beings and denies their fundamental human rights. And an authentic democracy movement cannot succeed unless it acknowledges and incorporates anti-oppression into the core of its thinking, education and action.
This is why Move to Amend believes working to abolish corporate constitutional rights and money defined as constitutionally protected “free speech” cannot be worked on, and will never be successful, in isolation.
It is why Move to Amend has always centralized the need to build an authentic democracy movement that is anti-oppressive, multi-racial and inter-generational. And it is why Move to Amend developed a Movement Education Curriculum several years ago that all our national and grassroots leadership go through to learn about many forms oppression, how they’ve been used to divide and co-opt people's movements, and how our mission to abolish corporate constitutional rights and money as political speech intersects with the struggles for human rights still underway in the United States.
We don’t believe there’s a quick fix to the ingrained issues of social oppression. It’s inextricably connected to issues of economic and political oppression. As tempting as it is to focus on the seemingly “quick fix” of getting “money out of elections,” even this will never, ever be accomplished without a broad, deep, and diverse grassroots movement that is --
● For justice (in all its forms).
● For peace.
● For sustainability.
● For an authentic democracy.”
Move to Amend is a rapidly growing national grassroots coalition of more than 400,000 individuals and thousands of organizations working to pass the We the People Amendment to make clear that Constitutional rights belong to human beings and political spending is not protected speech under the First Amendment.
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For more information or to arrange an interview, call Keyan Bliss at (916) 318-8040 or email press [at] movetoamend.org.
Move to Amend: Why We Need a Democracy Movement - https://movetoamend.org/.../whyweneedademocracymovement.pdf
Move to Amend: Why Move to Amend Centralizes the Work of Dismantling Racism and Other Oppressions - https://movetoamend.org/.../mta-whywecentralizerace.pdf
Demos’ Adam Lioz: Stacked Deck: How the Racial Bias in Our Big Money Political System Undermines Our Democracy and Our Economy - http://www.demos.org/.../stacked-deck-how-racial-bias-our...
Free Speech for People’s Jasmine Gomez: Putting Marginalized Communities at the Center of Money in Politics Conversations - https://freespeechforpeople.org/centering-marginalized.../