Post Charlottesville: Words are important but actions are better

Following the events at Charlottesville not only did the New Jersey Democratic members of the House speak out against the haters but so did all the Republican members. We can count on Democrats to support further action in the House, but can we count on the Republicans as well? Words are important but actions are better.

With the House still in recess until September 5 and its members more available locally, now is a good time to demand your Republican delegation actually fight white supremacy, KKK, neo-Nazis, and other haters. They say they oppose these factions. Insist they do something about it.

WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN SAID 

  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (CD 11): “The hatred and violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville must be condemned. There is no comparison between those on the side of bigotry and hate, and those who manned the barriers to protest them!”
  • Leonard Lance (CD 7): “Mr. President, there is only one side: AGAINST white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites & the KKK. They have no place in America or GOP.”
  • Frank  LoBiondo (CD 2): “To repeat: No moral equivalence w/ neo-Nazis, KKK, white supremacists & other groups. Violence & hate cannot be condoned.”
  • Tom MacArthur (CD 3): “We all despise the racism, the hatred and the violence that is going on in Charlottesville. It has absolutely no place in our society and I completely condemn it.”
  • Chris Smith (CD 4) “White supremacists, including the KKK and neo-Nazis, are consumed by racism, hate and bigotry and are extremely dangerous.”
  • Here is how other Republican lawmakers responded.

WHAT YOU SHOULD INSIST THEY DO

  • They should co-sponsor H.Con.Res 77, a resolution introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal to condemn hate groups and demand Trump fire staff that support white nationalism.
  • Insist that Trump’s budget cuts funding to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Community Partnerships, which supports the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program be restored.
  • All our Republicans voted for the defense bill which allocates $1.6 billion for the Wall. Hopefully the Senate will delete or at least reduce this unnecessary expenditure, and if so our Representatives must support the effort.
  • Protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs which are now under threat. They should support Rep. Gutierrez’s American Hope Act (H.R. 3591), and insist that they resist Trump’s multi-pronged legislative assault on immigrants.

Donald Trump has long encouraged violence, racism, and xenophobia, so we must insist our legislators take counter-actions. For more resistance suggestions go to Are Your Members of Congress Doing Enough to Respond to White Supremacy?

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