Action 1:

Support the HDC Black Caucus.

Last week Trump made multiple racist statements about four duly elected U.S. Congresswomen and his base chimed in with their support. We now see the outline of how Trump will run his 2020 presidential campaign and it is alarming. Of no less concern are the events that are happening in our own community.

On July 6 members of the KKK held a recruiting rally in front of the Hanover County Government complex and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors Canova Peterson issued a disturbingly inadequate statement about the event. The HDC Black Caucus answered with the following Letter to the Editor in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Everyone in Hanover must speak out against racism

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

As chairman of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee, I am concerned about the Board of Supervisors’ very anemic response to the KKK’s recent appearance and protest in Hanover. With the exception of Supervisor Faye Prichard, those who responded didn’t seem too concerned that Hanover was the place the Ku Klux Klan picked to demonstrate and ask for membership support. And those who didn’t respond — their silence was deafening.

Bigotry and disdain for any human being is like a cancer and it eats at the core of our inalienable and God-given rights as defined by the Constitution’s Ninth Amendment. The KKK’s ideas represent a deadly venom spewed on blacks and people of color and there is no place in Hanover or America for this deep-rooted hatred just because of the color of anyone’s skin. Our nation thrived on diversification and it will continue to do so. We fought that war and won it — it ended May 9, 1865. This is 2019. We, as Americans, have too many issues to deal with these immoral and hateful acts and we will continue to stand and fight against such vile forms of oppression.

We support the Hanover NAACP’s call on the Hanover Board of Supervisors to speak out against racism and inequality and replace its cavalier message with one of dignity, moral character and support for all of the people they serve, all people of Hanover County.

Sandra R. Howard.
Ashland

On Wednesday, July 24 at 7 PM the members of the Caucus will speak on this issue along with other concerned citizens at the Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting at Hanover County Administration Building Board Room, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069. Please join them at the meeting to show support for their leadership and to make a statement to the Board that many in the community will stand against racism.