Ms. Foundation for Women Statement on White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville
NEW YORK- In Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, white supremacists took over the city with torches and racist chants in an event that killed an innocent woman and left 19 peaceful protesters injured. After two days of inaction, the President finally issued a lackluster statement.
Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement:
“White supremacists are mobilizing to take over cities across America — and we must act immediately to protect America’s values and lives. Based on his statement, it is clear that the President does not understand the gravity of his words, which resulted this weekend in the murder of an innocent woman and injuries to 19 other peaceful protesters.
“This only confirms the reality that the President rose to power by harnessing a hateful and well-armed movement. This president has a track record of calling for the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and supporting law enforcement to rough up suspects; these positions are costing lives.
“It’s past time for his administration to take responsibility and propose a plan to curb real domestic terrorism.
“We will not go back — especially when lives are on the line. Today we honor Heather Heyer, and all those injured, for standing up for justice. The Ms. Foundation for Women stands with Charlottesville and all affected communities, especially women of color who have long sacrificed our bodies in the pursuit of justice and equality for all.”
For Immediate Release: August 14, 2017
Contact: Nina Smith, (301) 717-9006, firstname.lastname@example.org