|We’re still worried about what happened in Charlottesville — and we know you are too.
You’ve read the news: White supremacists gathered to intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans — just because they’re outraged over the removal of a Confederate monument.
What started as a feigned protest turned into a domestic terror attack.
And Donald Trump’s botched condemnation made it worse.
Troublingly, unlike President Trump, we know there’s only one side to choose between wrong and right.
That’s what makes our resolve even stronger this morning.
Legislatively, there’s still a lot Congress can work on to undo all the bigotry that’s plagued us for centuries.
Restore the Voting Rights Act.
Force states to dismantle racial gerrymandering.
End workplace discrimination.
Condemn bigotry at every turn.
We need to fight tooth and nail for it.
This morning, we’re reminded that President Obama urged us to move forward after every difficult setback.
That’s what we’re going to do right now.
We’ll be the change we seek.
Thanks for sticking with us.
Connie, this Saturday was a difficult and tragic day for Charlottesville, for our Commonwealth and for our nation.
Three lives were lost, including a woman who was courageous enough to stand face-to-face against hate, and two state troopers dedicated to keeping the peace and protecting their fellow Virginians against white nationalist violence.
Countless more lives were threatened – countless people were made to feel lesser by demonstrators waving Confederate flags, chanting neo-Nazi slogans and putting their bigotry on full display in our Commonwealth.
I want to be clear: The violence, chaos and loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of “many sides.” It is the fault of racists and white supremacists. And if we remain silent in the face of injustice and intolerance, or refuse to call it out when we see it, we do nothing but embolden its perpetrators.
So here’s what I promise you right now: I will fight in every corner of Virginia to stamp out hatred. To show that racists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, white supremacists, white nationalists and any other domestic terror groups have no home in our Commonwealth. Period.
Thank you to the first responders, law enforcement, emergency personnel and medical teams who worked to keep Charlottesville safe this weekend. Thank you to those who showed up to stand on the side of inclusion. Let our thoughts be today for love and caring for one another. And let our energy in the coming days be put toward stamping out hatred across our country.
All of us are called to bring light. Spirit first, light first and God first. We bring love, humanity, acceptance and respect to all. We plant hope and not hate.
By cleansing ourselves with love and hope, we choose the opportunity to have HAPPINESS.
By accepting light energy prayers from each of us, we can also pray for light energy from God to another human being.
We are all one. No color, religion or sexual orientation separates us from where we came from.
Connie Dello Buono