All people of conscience were disgusted by the vicious, bigoted attacks carried out by white supremacists at the Unite the Right gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. But torches, clubs, and guns aren’t the only tools used to perpetuate white supremacy and reinforce racial inequality. Laws and policies that disproportionately impact women, people of color, Jewish people, Muslim people, immigrants, and everyone else who wasn’t considered part of “We the People” at our nation’s founding are even more threatening. Below is a sample dialogue that includes a few issues to hold your members of Congress accountable for.
“As your constituent, I believe it’s important, but not sufficient, to simply denounce the violent bigotry on display at the Unite the Right gathering in Charlottesville, Va. What are you doing to advance racial and social equality on current issues including…
- Preserving efforts to collect important civil rights data?
- Stopping racialized and gendered attacks on Medicaid and other programs that disproportionately impact women of color?
- Supporting and strengthening the Voting Rights Act, and resisting Trump administration efforts to suppress voter turnout in communities of color?
- Supporting fair redistricting efforts in 2020 by fully funding a fair and accurate Census?
- Holding the current Department of Justice accountable for actually promoting justice, versus rolling back progress on issues including police reform and diversity in higher education?
- Opposing efforts to limit immigration along lines of religion, race, and social class?