Two civil rights organizations jointly demand justice and justice. Equality Florida and the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg also denounce white supremacy.
The two groups wrote an open letter. The president is immediately quoted as not clearly condemning white supremacy in the presidential debate on September 29th.
“It thrives in silence. It takes silence as complicit and empowers those who engage in hateful behavior,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida. “We will never be silent when white supremacists come into our town and try to intimidate us.”
Smith says the president’s comments during that debate sparked the idea of the letter. Then, on the Saturday before the debate, she saw a video of tense moments at a protest in St. Pete.
ABC Action News received this video which shows a counter-protester pulling a gun against protesters marching after Louisville police were not charged with Breonna Taylor’s death. We were told by St. Pete Police that the protester had a knife but would not provide any videos or pictures to us.
Equality Florida is the largest government organization advocating the LGBTQ + community. The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is committed to a healthy community and is committed to racial justice. Smith says that the two who come together for this cause are perfect because both help marginalized communities overcome obstacles created by systems that discriminate against them.
“Healthy St. Pete’s presence was to continually empower people and remind them that these are interlocking systems that we need to dismantle so that there is a just world for all of us, regardless of race, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of gender. and regardless of the zip code you were born into, “Smith said.
She says speaking and speaking is the first step in making real change.
“We thought it was even more important to create a platform for elected leaders, community leaders, and citizens to put their names up and say, ‘Here I stand and this kind of hatred is not welcome on our streets,” Smith said. ” It is very important to see elected leaders, organization leaders, community leaders and citizens not just saying in private that this is not terrible, but publicly saying that we stand together. “
More than 150 people signed the letter, including several local guides:
- Rick Kriseman, Mayor of St. Petersburg
- Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor and City Administrator of the City of St. Petersburg
- Rev. Watson Haynes, President and CEO of the Pinellas County Urban League
- Terri Lipsey Scott, General Manager of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
- Martin Tadlock, USF St. Pete Regional Chancellor
- Dr. Christine Cantrell, Institute for Equity Expertise
- Jennifer Webb, Pinellas District House of Representatives
- Brad Miller, CEO of Pinellas County Suncoast Transit
- Tim Dutton, Director of UNITE Pinellas
- Christopher Jones, general manager of Florida Legal Services