Disavowing “White Supremacy”

In his classic dystopian novel, It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis wrote: “When fascism comes to America, it will come carrying a cross and wrapped in the flag.” He should have said two flags, or perhaps three. The fascists who invaded Charlottesville carried the flag of the Nazis, the flag of the Confederacy, and also the Stars and Stripes. The latter was the height of hypocrisy. The torch-bearing mob believed not in “Liberty and justice for all,” but rather in fascism, racism, and all that the Stars and Bars (the Confederate flag) and the Swastika represent. They diminish the honor of those who fought to preserve democracy and the worth and dignity of every person.

As citizens of Indiana in District 46 we recognize that hate groups including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and others associated with white nationalists’ ideology are active in our state. Encouraged by the moral bankruptcy of President Trump these groups are working to advance their political agenda and attempting to intimidate anyone who disagrees with them. Our forefathers fought and died to free our nation from the scourge of hate that these people represent. Sadly the events in Charlottesville Virginia prove that these groups are a clear and present danger to a peaceful law abiding society.

The Illinois State Senate has passed a resolution instructing police agencies to designate all white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations. We call on our Indiana General Assembly to do the same. We demand our elected representatives of the people of Owen County and Indiana District #46 support such a resolution. It is time to be clear that Indiana will not be silent in the face of fascism.

Sign the petition

We hope you will join us in speaking out and sign our petition. It is hosted on the Owen County Democratic Website (Link to Petition Here!) We will accept signatures from the website and at the next Democratic Club Meeting Sept. 19th at Democratic Headquarters (152 E. Jefferson St. Spencer, IN) to gather signatures. We will deliver petitions to our representatives; Senator Eric Bassler, Senator Roderic Bray, Representative Bob Heaton, and Representative Jim Baird.

Finally I would like to note that Republicans in the Indiana Senate passed a Hate Crime Bill in 2016 which was not taken up by the leadership in the House. Republican Bob Heaton is the majority whip in the House, and is part of the leadership that decided not to consider the bill. Speaker Bosma has recently suggested hate crime legislation be reconsidered. We encourage Rep. Heaton to support such a measure.

Women’s March in Washington

We hear there is a bus traveling from St. Mary of the Woods to Washington DC for supporters of the Women’s March in Washington and that there may be a few seats still available.

Here is a News Release that provides details for a day of solidarity in Terre Haute at St. Mary Of the Woods and a bus traveling to Washington D.C.

If you have additional information we can share please let us know.

 

Women’s March on Washington

If you would like to voice your support for the Women’s March on Washington January 21st, but cannot make the trip Washington D.C. please consider traveling to Indianapolis where one of many simultaneous Women’s March will be held across the country!

The march begins at 11:00 am at the Indiana State House.

If you would like to join a group already planning to travel to Indianapolis you are invited to join The Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington (UUCB) Reproductive Justice Task Force (RJTF).  This group  has secured a bus holding 57 passengers!

This will be a hassle free way of attending.  Bring coffee and treats to share if you like, enjoy the camaraderie of like minded folks and forget about finding a parking place.

Early reservations are $20 per person.  You can also try your luck Jan 21st, but the cost will be $30 cash and you won’t have a guarantee of a seat.

Bus departs at 8:45 am from the UUCB parking lot (Fee Lane and the Bypass).  Approximate time of return to the UUCB parking lot is 3:00 pm.

Reserve your spot by sending a check to: DEBORAH MEADER, 1960 South Cooper Road,  Bloomington IN. 47401

If you have questions please let us know.

Rebuilding the local party

Between now and 2018 we need to rebuild the Owen County Democratic Party. If you are interested in being part of rebuilding, figuring out what needs to be done, doing what needs to be done, and helping the handful of folks who have been doing all of the work recently then click HERE!.

We are starting to meet weekly to talk through our options. We have decided on two short term goals; A. get a heating and cooling system into the Democratic Headquarters, and B. find people to fill the vacant Precinct Chairs.

If you would like to make a donation for a new heating and cooling system please click HERE!

There is so much more we could be doing to make the case for building a better community by electing Democrat candidates. If you would like to be part of doing work that needs to be done for a better community, make new friends, and have fun doing it, please contact us HERE!