#Charlottesville: Resources For Taking Action

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As a storyteller, I have always loved finding the right words to describe a moment. But last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, left me speechless.

 

This was an ugly act of hate, a moment both heartbreaking and enraging, and a painful reminder of the current reality in our country.

 

And there is no longer space for neutrality or silence.

 

That’s why I have compiled a list of resources below from social media and my community that I hope will help spark conversation, serve as a guide for taking action, and encourage you to continue to seek out resources beyond this list.

 

In solidarity,

 

Jess

 

When we know better, we do better. Take a minute to educate yourself on this weekend’s events:

 

A breakdown of everything that has happened in Charlottesville in the last 3 days, via Buzzfeed

 

Some Background on Those Violent White Supremacist ‘Unite the Right’ Actions in Charlottesville, via Colorlines

 

Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss, via Teen Vogue

 

What’s next? Here are some immediate next steps for taking action and showing solidarity:

 

Find a protest TODAY in your area

 

Support black students returning to UVA next week

 

Donate to the Charlottesville Black Lives Matter chapter

 

Tips to fight racism every day, via Refinery29

 

Find an event in your area and stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, via Indivisible

 

Tell news media to stop doing PR for white nationalists in Charlottesville, via Color of Change

 

Remember Charlottesville victim, Heather Heyer, with words from her mother, via HuffPo

 

Here is some food for thought on allyship. We cannot stay silent any longer:

 

The Scientific Case that America is Becoming More Prejudiced, via Vox

 

After Charlottesville, White People Cannot Avoid Conversations About White Supremacy, via Mic

 

White Women, Stop Pretending We Don’t Benefit From White Supremacy, via Allure

 

Did I miss any important resources? Please reach out to me on social media so I can continue to learn and share tools with my community.

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