We condemn the hatred that white supremacists and neo-Nazis stand for and Trump’s wink and a nod to these forces of hate.
Since the violence and murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, thousands of Americans from across the country have come together in powerful demonstrations of racial justice and solidarity. But it’s not over. There are planned neo-Nazi and white supremacists rallies in the Bay Area this Saturday, August 26th in San Francisco and Sunday, August 27th in Berkeley.
While there are diverse ideas about how to respond, we support pushing back against hate, and we are certain of one thing: It’s vitally important for our members to stand up and be counted, and our AFT 2121 Executive Board is asking you to join us and make that resistance public. We are working with the organizers of four events responding to these rallies and AFT 2121 leaders will be attending all four actions below. Please connect with us and RSVP if you are coming. We recommend you come and stay with a group; this will help us to stay safer together. We do not plan on physical confrontation with white supremacists, but there are risks in being in the vicinity of their rallies and they do have a clear history of violent actions. Be sure to check out Bay Resistance’s guide to these actions at bit.ly/resistws, which includes important safety tips (and will probably be more up-to-date than this email by the time you read it).
Organizing is still happening and info below may change. Follow Bay Resistance onFacebook for last-minute updates and more actions. Text RESIST to 41411 for rapid response text updates.
Saturday, August 26 in San Francisco:
- March Against Hate to Crissy Field
10AM, Marina Green. Longshore workers’ union (ILWU) and SF community groups march to Crissy Field, site of the white supremacist gathering. AFT 2121 Leader contact is Jenny Worley, please RSVP to her ASAP if you are going to this action (firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-425-2255). Our AFT 2121 contingent will tentatively meet on Marina Blvd. at Scott St. at 11:00 AM (look for our green union banner) but this location might need to change, so be in touch.
- Juanita MORE’s Official Art Event for Equality
12PM-2PM Harvey Milk Plaza. Labor unions, LGBTQ leaders, and other groups invite all communities to rally together for equality and democracy. This will be a family-friendly event, and many of our members will be there with children and parents. The Women’s March SF’s Rally and March for Equality will join this event. AFT 2121 Leader contact is Alan D’Souza, please RSVP to him ASAP if you are going to this action (email@example.com, 415-203-5698).
Sunday, August 27 in Berkeley:
- Bay Area Rally Against Hate
10:30AM Oxford & Addison St. Rally earlier in the day and a few blocks away from the white supremacist action at Civic Center Park. AFT 2121 Leader contact is Wynd Kaufmyn, please RSVP to her ASAP if you are going to this action (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-714-8687).
- Resist Racist Violence & Hate
11AM – 2PM Ohlone Park at Hearst Ave. & MLK – Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) will march as a large group to Berkeley City Hall, across the street from the white supremacist action. AFT 2121 Leader contact is Wynd Kaufmyn, please RSVP to her ASAP if you are going to this action (email@example.com, 510-714-8687).
Please note that there are risks to those who choose to participate—and really to all of us when white supremacy is permitted to fester and publicly emboldened. We know from previous white supremacist actions in the area that regardless of what we do, the white supremacists are likely to incite violence and may even attack isolated people on the surrounding streets. AFT 2121 is a founding member of the coalition Bay Resistance, whose comprehensive guide to saying no to white supremacy and racism this weekend is an important resource: bit.ly/resistws.
Whether we choose to line up in front of the fascists to oppose their racism; rally to celebrate our values of justice and inclusion at a different location; provide childcare for marchers with little ones; or simply show up en masse to overwhelm them with our presence, we can all contribute. Silence is not an option. We must use our voices to resist this hate.