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Essex Rising: Response to Charlottesville

Essex Rising stringently condemns all forms of violence and hatred. The incident that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend was a symptom of an underlying white-supremacist scourge that has plagued our country since its founding. Today, we see the appointed President of the United States not only openly endorsing that scourge, but encouraging it. We must not allow forces of hate and evil to divide us.

We call on all of our elected officials to stand up against groups that advocate for the oppression of others. National issues affect the people in our town and we call on our local leaders to stand up for people in our communities who are targeted because of their race and/or national origin. Further, our elected officials must be able to empathize with or at least comprehend targeted and oppressed groups and be willing to speak out and lead on behalf of ALL of their constituents.