Socialist Party Los Angeles Local
“Terrorism. The media and our elected officials will work very hard to maintain the ‘lone wolf’ narrative. We will reject that narrative. This was terrorism. The history of the United States is a history of white supremacy, and while today’s terrorist attack was a tragedy and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, we are as unsurprised as we are disgusted. Until systems of oppression are addressed, systems that transcend partisan politics, we will continue to suffer the effects of white supremacist terrorism.
The Socialist Party Los Angeles Local stands in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, with those affected by today’s terrorist attack, and with the people as they fight the systems of oppression that are the keystones of capitalism.”
Socialist Party Bay Area Local
“The Bay Area Local of the Socialist Party USA unequivocally stands against the white nationalist terrorist attack today in Charlottesville, Virginia. While we wait for details on the total number of dead and injured, we express our solidarity and heartfelt condolences to those victims of the attack as well as their families, friends, and loved ones. Rather than intimidating us, this terrorist attack reaffirms our commitment to the fight against white supremacy, in all its forms.
History shows us that when we let fear from these attacks silence us, it only emboldens and encourages and reinforces their power. The time has come to fight back against fascist forces that are gathering to harm people. The capitalist state, and its protectors such as the police, will not defend us as long as it serves the interests of the rich and powerful; namely dividing the working class and attacking community leaders, organizers, and activists. The task falls to us confront white nationalism in our own towns and cities, as we know this is not an isolated incident, but is part of a long history of racist violence which our fellow community members face in every corner of this nation. We must fight for a socialist and democratic future free from racist terror.
We know that if allowed to continue unchecked, the many groups on the far-right responsible for this terrorist act will grow and continue to murder leftists, women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ folks, the disabled, Muslims, Jews, trade unionists and others. In short, we are all targets. The fact that white nationalists have chosen to take on such a large majority of Americans should give us hope, for we far outnumber them, and our collective strength is greater than anything they could imagine. We know when all is done and the dust has settled, we will win.
Today we grieve, and tomorrow we fight. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing in this minute.”
Socialist Party Orange County Local
“The tragic events that occurred today in Charlottesville, Virginia echo similar outbursts of far-right terrorism seen in cities like Portland and Berkeley. Just like Portland and Berkeley, those in power will continue to ignore and redirect the heart of the issue — the bedrock of white supremacy that the United States is built upon. The same white supremacy,that for decades, was bubbling beneath the surface of our society has now boiled over with the election of Donald Trump. These events will not stop until the institutions that uphold this violence and oppression are torn down.
The Socialist Party Orange County Local stands in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, the victims of today’s terrorist attacks, and with all oppressed and marginalized peoples. We will continue to fight against systems of injustice that are the keystones of capitalism.”