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Here are five tangible ways you can help after the Charlottesville protest, including speaking out against white supremacy in your own life and donating.
1. Call out white supremacy in your own life.
Talk to people in your own life about white supremacy and white privilege. Call out racist comments from friends, family, and coworkers. Support diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality at your workplace and in the causes you support, and be mindful of how you can contribute to those conversations. Don't forget to interrogate your own privilege and biases.
2. Support impactful organizations.
There are a number of nonprofit organizations that actively fight hate, train others to have an impact, and influence policy changes that can benefit marginalized and vulnerable communities.
Whether you donate your time or money, here are just a few organizations you can support that are tackling racism, bigotry, and white supremacy in Charlottesville and around the country:
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Anti-Defamation League
- Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP
- Black Lives Matter Charlottesville
- Stop Hate Project
- Charlottesville Solidarity Legal Fund
- UVA Black Student Alliance
3. Support Charlottesville victims through verified relief pages.
The "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville had several casualties. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old Virginia native, was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. She's remembered as "a strong woman" who stood up against discrimination. At least 19 others were injured in the attack.
You can donate money to Heyer's family through this verified GoFundMe campaign. You can also donate to "C-ville Victim Relief," a verified campaign from Charlottesville community members to support victims and survivors (all money will go to "the City of Charlottesville or an appropriate body once collected").
4. Make your voice heard through protests and petitions.
Indivisible, a movement launched in 2016 to resist the Trump agenda, has a handy search page on its website where you can find local protests. On Twitter, author Amy Rosary and followers have compiled a thread of planned protests in various cities.
5. Talk to your representatives.
It sounds like a broken record in the Trump era, but it works: Contact your reps. Find your representatives through easy-to-use tools like 5calls and Call Your Rep, as well as on the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate websites.