Environmental and Public Interest Groups Condemn Racist Violence and Intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broad coalition of environmental, public health and public interest groups, including prominent African American and Latino organizations, issued the following joint statement in response to this past weekend’s white nationalist gathering and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump's inexplicable reversal as to who’s to blame for the violence:

"Our nation witnessed tragic, despicable and completely unnecessary violence in Charlottesville this past weekend. Driven by hatred and racism, these white nationalist and neo-nazi groups and their actions do not represent our values, nor the values of the vast majority of Americans. We also remember the life of Heather Heyer and commit to continuing the struggle she died for.

The behavior of white nationalists is neither acceptable nor normal and we will continue to stand in solidarity against such hatred and in defense of the rights and safety of communities across the country like Charlottesville. We will not tolerate any form of hatred or discrimination and will align ourselves with communities of color and creeds that are the target of ongoing bigotry.

We call on our political leaders to condemn these acts not just today, but every time they happen. President Trump and all political leaders, no matter their party affiliation, have an obligation to stand up against such hate groups immediately and unequivocally. Their voices and words — and lack thereof — matter.

The tragic events in Charlottesville fall on our shoulders as a nation. No one who stands for justice, equality, and human dignity can stay silent any longer. We will stand unified against the white nationalist movement that everyday threatens America’s people and ideals, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. We will ultimately prevail by countering this hate with love."

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17 for Peace and Justice

350.org

African American Nature and Parks Experience

Alaska Wilderness League

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)

Audubon Naturalist Society

Austin 2030 District

Azul

Be The Change -USA

Black permaculture network

Bold Alliance

California League of Conservation Voters

Care About Climate

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Diversity & the Environment

Center for International Environmental Law

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)

Chispa

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Clean Air Council

Climate Hawks Vote

Climate Nexus

Coalition Center for Popular Democracy

Defend Our Future

Defenders of Wildlife

Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau

Dogwood Alliance

Dynamic Aptitude

Earthjustice

Earthworks

Endangered Species Coalition

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Leadership Program

EPCF - Climate Change Disruption

Food & Water Watch

Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks

Friends of the Earth

Green 2.0

Green For All

GreenFaith

GreenLatinos

Greenpeace USA

Greensgrow

Hip Hop Caucus

Hispanic Access Foundation

Hispanic Federation

IDEASForUs

Imagine Power LLC

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Institute for Sutainable Urban Transformation

Interfaith Power & Light

International Mayan League

La Union Hace La Fuerza

Latino Victory Project

League of Conservation Voters

League of United Latin American Citizens

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

Maine Conservation Voters

Mi Familia Vota

Moms Clean Air Force

Mount Moriah FBH Church

Mt Eastern Joy, LLC

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Ocean Protection

National Parks Conservation Association

Natural Resources Defense Council

NCLR Action Fund

Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

NextGen America

Noble Renewables Group of the West

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)

Ocean Conservancy

Oceana

Our Climate

Outdoor Afro

Peoples Climate Movement

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Population Connection

Power Shift Network

Public Citizen

Rachel Carson Council

Rachel's Network

Radiance Studios LLC

Rainforest Action Network

Roosevelt Institute

Rural Coalition

Sachamama

Save EPA

Sierra Club

Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

Sunrise

Sustainable Agricultural Education Association

Sustainable Practices

SustainUS

The Environmental Justice Center at Chestnut Hill United Church

The Evangelical Environmental Network

The Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc

The Joy Trip Project

The Praxis Project

The Trail Posse

The Wilderness Society

Toxics Action Center

Union of Concerned Scientists

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Virginia Interfaith Power & Light

Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Voces Verdes

Voices for Progress

Voto Latino

Waterkeeper Alliance

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