A car intentionally drove into a crowd of pedestrians and left 19 injured. Three people are dead. Charlottesville, Va., is in a state of emergency after clashes between white supremacists and counter protestors erupted in violence ahead of a scheduled “Unite the Right” rally Saturday. To help the victims in Charlottesville, people have already begun collecting donations, organizing vigils, and raising awareness about the dangerous consequences of tolerating hate groups.
Throngs of people are reaching out on social media, and asking what they can do to help victims in Charlottesville. If you’re one of them, there are places you can donate to help cover the cost of victims’ medical expenses, vigils being set up in towns and cities across the country that you can attend and promote, places to donate to help strengthen the resistance, calls to be made to your representatives, and more.
What happened today is not OK, and President Trump’s refusal to denounce the white supremacists that incited violence in Charlottesville sends a dangerous message. The Los Angeles Times reported that President Trump remarked on the “terrible events” and condemned “in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides, on many sides.”
However, there can only be bigotry on one side. There is only one side. If you’re mad AF, and you want to help, here’s what you can to for the people of Charlottesville right now.
over $10K raised in less than an hour for medical costs of anti-racist protesters injured in charlottesville https://t.co/Yxm64tLOcY
A Go Fund Me campaign, started by Democratic Socialists of America member Michael Patterson of Anchorage, Ala., asked for donations for those injured in Charlottesville. The campaign has raised almost $30,000 in just a few hours. If you want to help, donate to help cover the costs of Charlottesville victims’ medical expenses.
If you want to help the victims from today’s terror attack in #Charlottesville: https://t.co/YUjckPgWNR
Another Go Fund Me Campaign spearheaded by a group called Unity C-ville is raising funds to contribute toward medical expenses of those who were injured in Charlottesville Aug. 12. You can donate directly on their Go Fund Me page.
The president of Black Lives Matter 757 announces tonight’s vigil in Charlottesville — 8pm at UVA lawn. pic.twitter.com/GqGaaaPS6y
Vigils have already begun popping up across the country to support the victims in Charlottesville, and to stand in solidarity against white supremacy and hate. Many vigils for Charlottesville are happening tonight, right now in fact, with more in the days to come. Search Facebook events to find the vigil closest to you, and show your support in person if you can.
As a med student, Merrick sees firsthand how blood helps save lives. Let’s end this #BloodEmergency: https://t.co/Jvh3X480Nk pic.twitter.com/cLqj2Kt0ph
If you’re feeling helpless, one thing you can always do is donate blood if you qualify. The Red Cross needs blood donors every day, no matter what’s going on, and donating blood can help save someone’s life.
Josh Williams is serving the longest sentence from the #Ferguson Rebellion. Get a postcard & write to him today. We owe it to him. pic.twitter.com/gEw4Tyo9oo
If your parents voted for Trump, or you have family or friends who are Trump supporters, or who condone what happened in Charlottesville — it can be hard to feel compassion for them. I’m in the same boat, and I have family members I no longer speak to since the election. If you do want to have a conversation with family or friends, Showing Up For Racial Justice has an entire website dedicated to political education. You can use the materials to host political education session with your family, or in your community, or just get some ideas about how to start a dialogue with others who don’t understand why what happened in Charlottesville is so dangerous.
Violent acts of hate and bigotry have no place in America. The president must use his voice to condemn the events in #Charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/abXxgAkxBY
If your representatives aren’t condemning the violence in Charlottesville, and they aren’t rejecting white supremacy, call them. The website Call Your Rep will let you know who your reps are if you aren’t sure. You can also create call scripts so you know exactly what you’ll say.
Should you want to donate to #Charlottesville anti-racist legal fund https://t.co/kbYenntQON
As long as racism, homophobia, and sexism persists in America, your help is needed to defeat it. Myriad organizations are working every day to defend and protect the rights of people of color, the LGBTQIA community, and women’s rights. Donate to help make a positive difference.