Nebraskans hold vigils for Charlottesville, Democrats stand up to hate groups with Resistance Summer Day of Action

After the terrorist acts by White Nationalists and Nazi groups in Charlottesville, groups in Nebraska quickly responded to show strong support for those that stand up to hate groups. On Saturday, August 19, Nebraskans will hit the streets again to visit with neighbors at their doors and where they hang out to engage in conversations to move our state forward. Join us at the Saturday events.

RSVP on Facebook for the Resistance Summer Day of Action

Help move our state forward. Come to one of these locations Sat., August 19, group trainings will start at 10am and 1pm, however, you can join us anytime between 10am-4pm to go door-to-door visiting with Nebraskans.

Ridgeview Park, N14th Street, Blair

Roxbury Park, 5414 S 116th Street, Omaha

IBEW Union Hall, 3302 West Capitol Ave., Grand Island

Grassroots groups like, Indivisible Nebraskans, Women’s March, and Democratic Socialists of America alongside Democratic activists started planning vigils so people had an outlet to express their grief, frustration, and outrage at the murder of Heather Heyer and the violence of hate groups.

A huge turnout in both Lincoln and Omaha, with 500 people in Lincoln and close to 1000 in Omaha, shows how Nebraskans stand up for justice–always. Speakers from different groups spoke to both crowds about racism and how we can move forward and stand against hate.

Some of the speakers included Democratic elected officials and candidates, such as Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman. Democratic leaders came to show their solidarity with those who were hurt and affected including Bennie Shobe, Carl Eskridge, Mina Davis, and Jackie Collett.

Official statements from Chair Jane Kleeb and Vice Chair Frank LaMere were issued Saturday once violence erupted by White Nationalists:

“The images of hate must be denounced by Pres. Trump. White Nationalists are cowards. America is better than this.” -Chair Jane Fleming Kleeb

“It is easy to pull people apart. It is hard to bring them together.  We in the Democratic Party decry violence and hate and we condemn those who would wrap themselves in the flag, throw a rock, and call it public discourse.”  -Vice Chair Frank LaMere and member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Many Nebraskans, especially those in rural communities, were not able to join at the events in Lincoln and Omaha so they took pictures and made comments such as:

I couldn’t make it to Lincoln or Omaha tonight for the #Charolettesville vigils, here is our families sign and candles standing up to hate” – Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.

Another picture from Ashland said:

Picture from the Lincoln vigil:

Picture from the Omaha vigil:

Thank you to everyone that came out to show that we never tolerate the terrorist acts of White Supremacists. Democrats know that our diversity is our state and country’s strength.

We encourage you to come to our Resistance Summer canvass on Saturday, August 19 to keep standing up in the streets. It is through actions that we win. All summer long we have been engaged in rural, urban and suburban communities visiting with Nebraskans at their homes and where they hang out to listen to the issues they want us to focus on as Democrats.

In Democratic service,

Jacob Denniston, Grassroots Organizing Director

Jacob@nebraskademocrats.org