Charlottesville: What Happened and What Young People Can Do
Find self-care tips, local protests, and civic action to stand up to white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
Over the weekend, a “Unite the Right” rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia when a driver plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 more (via @teenvogue). DoSomething.org stands by its 5.5 million young members in condemning this act of domestic terrorism, along with all the racism, violence, and hatred associated with the rally.
We are inspired by all the courageous young people and community members who stood up for justice, including the University of Virginia students who joined counter-protests beginning on Friday night. When white supremacist hordes marched on their campus, a group of students (via @buzzfeed) stood up to them with a sign reading “VA Students Against White Supremacy.”
Now it’s up to DoSomething members and young people around the country to unify against bigotry and violence. Looking to get involved? Below, we answer some of your common questions and provide ways to take action.
1. How do I take care of myself?
Sometimes the most revolutionary thing to do in the face of trauma is to practice self-care. Visit DoSomething’s Coping With Discrimination campaign for a self-care guide you can use and share with friends.
2. I want to protest! Any tips?
When major events hit the news, the sense of urgency makes us feel like something needs to happen RIGHT NOW! First, stop, breathe and evaluate what you can do. If protesting feels like the right thing and you’re looking for a local event, visit Indivisible Guide. If you’re going to a protest, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Learn about the organizers
- Bring a buddy
- Be familiar with the area
- Charge your phone
- Stay hydrated
3. What are other ways I can help (especially if I don’t have money to donate)?
Activism takes many forms, and there are important things you can do right now. Visit:
- Civil Services: Learn who your members of Congress are and demand that they stand up against hate.
- 5 Calls: Find scripts for calling your elected reps to tell them to take action against white supremacy.
- Campaign Zero: Learn about police reform data and policy change initiatives happening across the United States.
- Resist Manual: Find resources and tools for local civic action.
Remember, we all have a place in the movement for positive social change. Whether you are learning about these issues for the first time or if you have led several direct actions, every voice counts. DoSomething.org is dedicated to empowering young people to realize their influence in the movement.
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