“The violence in Charlottesville was initiated by white supremacists brandishing anti-Semitic placards, Confederate battle flags, torches and a few Trump campaign signs,” the New York Times reported. There were also Nazi flags.
In the next day, you can join with people across the United States to make visible your clear stand against all forms of bigotry -- whether based on race, religion, immigration status, nationality, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of humanity.
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And if you’d like to plan a local event -- expressing solidarity with the anti-fascist protesters of Charlottesville who stood against white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and overall bigotry -- click here.
The haters in Charlottesville on Saturday were opposed to removal of a Robert E. Lee statue and other memorials honoring Confederate leaders who tried to maintain slavery.
While we should condemn paying homage to the Confederacy, we should also recognize other features of abhorrent history that persist today. One of them involves prisons.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment required the abolition of slavery in the United States, except as punishment for a criminal conviction. In other words, federal law permits the use of incarcerated people for free labor by state officials as well as the private sector.
From the late 1800s until now, unpaid prison labor has been the pattern, practice, and collective mindset of various states across the USA. Southern states have taken particular advantage of the wording of the 13th Amendment. In response, current resistance movements have risen out of prison-dense states like Texas and Alabama, where units are often compared to plantations.
To find out more about the inhumane loophole of the 13th Amendment -- and to sign a petition titled “End Legal Slavery in U.S. Prisons” -- click here.
At the same time that historic injustices persist, we have crucial opportunities to create positive change.
During the next 48 hours, people of goodwill around the USA will be taking vital action. To find out how to be among them -- click here.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team
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