We are saddened and outraged by the display of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville this weekend. It is no coincidence that we see the far-right mobilizing while corporate interests continue to strip poor and working class people of their healthcare and their right to organize; that this happens while cutting public services and giving away massive tax cuts to the rich; that this happens while the budget prioritizes increases to an out-of-control war machine and climate deniers threaten to move us quicker towards a world that is increasingly unlivable for poor and working people. We are saddened, but we are not fooled.
The U.S. has a long and troubled history of racialized economic inequality, and we must build and sustain movements that take on both white supremacy and economic inequality. We must recognize and name white supremacy in all forms -- whether it’s the violence of white supremacists against anti-fascist protestors, the police killing unarmed black men with impunity, the violent separation of mothers and fathers from their children due to immigration status, or attacks on low-wage workers and cuts to public services justified through dog-whistle politics -- while simultanously offering our own bold vision for a just world.
United for a Fair Economy is unapologetically pro-black, pro-immigrant, pro-woman, pro-worker, pro-latinx, pro-disabled people, pro-queer, and pro-indigenous. We believe that racial, economic and environmental justice is not only possible, it is what is demanded of us.