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Saturday, 12 August 2017 23:31

Progressives quickly organize responses to Charlottesville

Written by  David Weigel
Environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the Netroots Nation annual conference for political progressives in Atlanta on Saturday. (Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters)

ATLANTA — The aftermath of the weekend’s white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, and the resulting violence, reverberated in the last hours of the annual Netroots Nation conference.

On Saturday afternoon, attendees of the progressive gathering quietly shared the latest news from Virginia. Some began organizing a response.

One of the first responses came from Mikey Franklin, a digital director of the labor-backed Good Jobs Nation campaign, who had found a print shop that could quickly make T-shirts. Franklin made a black-and-white shirt reading “Punch More Nazis,” then was dogged by questions about them, then printed 30 more.

“They’re all spoken for,” Franklin said as he distributed the last shirt. “I’m not making a profit — there should be no financial profit in punching Nazis.”

At 7 p.m., hundreds of Netroots attendees gathered in a park across from the Hyatt Regency where the conference had been held. They held signs with slogans ranging from the optimistic (“United against hate”) to the profane (“F— white supremacy”) to the ultra-specific (“This Palestinian supports Black Intifada”). After forming into a long, winding line, they marched to the state Capitol, where labor organizer Dolores Huerta led them in prayer.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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