Mobilizing in response to Charlottesville: What we as an HIV community must do

| August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

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CharlottesvilleThis weekend we saw domestic terrorism in full force in Charlottesville, Virginia. Racist white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalist, militia groups, Nazis, anti-immigrant groups, and other members of the Alt-right movement came together in ways we have not seen in this country in quite a long time. Yet we must understand this is directly related to the growing popularity and recent rise in far-right nationalism and rise in white supremacist rhetoric as evidenced by more and more blatant political and cultural attacks on the humanity, dignity, and rights of Black, Brown, queer and other marginalized communities. This is an attack on us all. 

The white nationalist agenda is inherently violent towards communities of color and all things not white, male, cis-gendered, and hetero. As a community comprised largely of queer and trans, Black, brown and immigrant bodies, the HIV community must shift beyond mere “cultural sensitivity” and call out the violence of those who wish to destroy us. There is little difference between white nationalist violence and state-level violence enacted on our communities in the form of regressive, racist and transphobic policies.

We hope to coordinate a response and invite you to start taking critical action by joining us for a national call hosted by Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) aimed at confronting white supremacy, building power and defending our communities.

Register here.

Once you’ve registered please share the word on Facebook and Twitter.

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