The horrifying events over the weekend in Charlottesville are just the latest events demonstrating the rise of hate in the United States.
White supremacists marched through the streets and the University of Virginia, wielding torches and explicitly aligning themselves with Nazis and the KKK, shouting racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant slogans on Friday. On Saturday, the white nationalists and supremacists engaged in violence against counter-protesters. A man, who is believed to be part of a white supremacist group, drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring many. Police arrested a suspect, who faces a hearing on August 14.
These events are shocking, and they are just the latest in a growing series of hateful attacks against people of color, women, immigrants, Jews, and Muslims. Just a week before, the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was bombed, and is part of a growing series of hate crimes against Muslims. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has reported that hate crimes against Muslims in 2017 increased 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016.
The lack of an appropriate response to these events from the Trump administration is also deeply disturbing, especially since a number of white nationalists and supremacists explicitly cite the administration as encouraging their behavior. In response to the horror in Charlottesville, President Trump condemned the violence “from many sides,” instead of calling out the white nationalists and supremacists. In response to the mosque bombing in Minnesota, the president has been silent, and White House adviser Sebastian Gorka, has suggested the attack was actually a fake.
With the White House failing to address hate, and actually acting as a driver of it, it is up to us to take action to support people who are under attack.
Vigils are being organized across the country in response to the violence in Charlottesville. Please join one of them to stand against hate.
And, take action in favor of acceptance, and support immigrants, religious minorities, and people of color in your communities every day. Green America’s weekly Resistance Summer actions will help you find actions you can take as a community member and with your dollars, for example, supporting minority and immigrant owned businesses.
Together, we can take action to create a country that is open and accepting.
Green Business Network Members: We Want to Hear From You
Please use this form to raise your business voice against hate and for a society that respects all people. We will share your company’s statement in an updated version of this post.
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Due to the recent resignation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Norman Bay, FERC will lose its ability to approve permits on Friday, February 3rd! There is speculation that the industry is pushing FERC to approve several pending permit applications this week, before they lose the quorum of commissioners needed to do so. These pipelines include Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, NEXUS Gas Transmission’s NEXUS pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover project, and National Fuel Gas Co’s Northern Access Expansion.
Today, Green America’s Green Business Network sent the following statement to Norman Bay’s staff:
Dear Emma Nicholson, Erica Hough, Rama Zakaria, Tyler Stoff, Benjamin Williams;
On behalf of Green America’s Green Business Network, representing 3,000 businesses nationwide committed to combining profitability with social and environmental sustainability, we are writing to encourage Norman Bay and FERC to refrain from approval of pipeline permits currently before the commission. These permits include Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, NEXUS Gas Transmission’s NEXUS pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover project, and National Fuel Gas Co’s Northern Access Expansion.
With Chairman Norman Bay’s departure from FERC imminent, there should not be a rush to approve these pipelines. These are controversial infrastructure projects with large impacts on many communities. Each needs careful consideration. To rush these pipelines through now just to get them approved before FERC loses its quorum on Feb. 3rd would be a disappointing way for Norman Bay to end his time at FERC.
Green Business Network members rely on healthy communities nationwide and are deeply concerned by the rising impacts of climate change, including impacts on their supply chains and operations. For the communities that stand to be hurt by these pipeline projects, and for the climate, we urge FERC to do the right thing, and hold off on voting for these pipelines.
President and CEO
Executive Co-Director for Business, Investing & Policy
Business leaders: Please write or call Norman Bay’s staff today! Tell them not to approve these permits. Additionally, if you’re connected to or able to reach out to community leaders, business leaders, or local and/or state politicians, please do so. Ask them to call FERC and request that these projects not be rushed through this week.
Sample message: I’m writing/calling to encourage Norman Bay and FERC to refrain from approval of pipeline permits currently before the commission, including Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, NEXUS Gas Transmission’s NEXUS pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover project, and National Fuel Gas Co’s Northern Access Expansion. To rush these pipelines through now just to get them approved before FERC loses its quorum on Feb. 3rd would be a disappointing way for Norman Bay to end his time at FERC. Refrain from approving these pipelines. For the communities that stand to be hurt by these projects, and for the climate, do the right thing.
Contact Information for Norman Bay’s Advisors:
Emma Nicholson (Advisor) 202-502-8846, [email protected]
Erica Hough (Advisor) 202-502-8251, [email protected]
Rama Zakaria (Advisor) 202-502-6592, [email protected]
Tyler Stoff (Program Analyst) 202-502-8270, [email protected]
Benjamin Williams (Confidential Assistant) 202-502-8506, [email protected]
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