White Supremacists are Not Welcome in the District of Columbia

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Dear Acting Director Smith, Speaker Ryan, Delegate Norton, and Mayor Bowser,

On August 12, 2017, Heather Heyer was murdered during a rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that sought to preserve Confederate culture, glorify slavery, and display abhorrent White Supremacist ideals. Some of the organizers of that rally are now planning an event in Washington, D.C. on August 11, 2018, under the thinly-veiled guise of a "white civil rights" protest.

Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, their associates and assorted partner organizations are not welcome within the boundaries of the District of Columbia. They will receive no assistance funded by taxpayers from the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, nor the municipal government with jurisdiction over the areas where they seek to promote their hate-speech.

We, the undersigned, urge you to deny permits for this rally and leverage your respective oversight powers to send a clear signal that the citizens of the District of Columbia refuse to offer a venue for intolerance, racism, and anti-American values in our city. Hate is not welcome here.

Sincerely,


Concerned Citizens of the District of Columbia



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