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Fighting back against white domestic terrorism

Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore:

Last week 14 bombs were mailed to CNN and various Democratic officials and supporters. On Wednesday a white man shot and killed two Black seniors at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky; minutes before entering the grocery store, the suspect tried to enter a Black church. Two days ago a man opened fire on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 12 people – the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history.

We cannot continue to sit idly by while white supremacists emboldened by President Trump continue to terrorize this country.

The President often lies and uses hate speech, referring to people from other countries as “criminals and rapists” or “foreign terrorists.” This rhetoric doesn’t just instill fear in white Americans, but encourages white supremacist terrorism like the attacks last week, and an overall rise in hate crimes. And he implements policies that limit individual freedom, safety, and general welfare.

That’s why we need to hold both the President and his Republican supporters in Congress accountable by voting them out of office November 6th.

Let them know that:

  • We rebuke ALL acts of violence against Jewish people.
  • We rebuke ALL acts of violence against immigrants who are looking for a better life.
  • We rebuke ALL acts of violence against Black people.
  • We refuse to operate from a place of fear as we know some of this violence is a voter intimidation tactic to keep people from the polls.
  • We will not be afraid!
  • We will not be made to stay inside on November 6th.
  • We will show up to the polls and we will show up in droves.
  • We will continue to defend our right to vote as it’s one of the most important freedoms of expression that we have!

Of course voting is just one way we can all fight back against hate. We can also use our voices to let the people in our lives – our family members, our friends, our neighbors – know that we do not condone white supremacist violence. We can support the work that young people, people of color, and LGBTQ people are doing to address inequality and oppression. We can march. We can sing. We can stand in solidarity together.

Because if there’s one thing home care workers know, it’s that we are stronger together… and not one of us is free until we are all free.

On behalf of 110,000 home care workers across the state of California, I send condolences to the families of these victims and encourage you to stay prayerful, stay vigilant, and stay the course.