PUBLIC STATEMENT: Indivisible Gainesville denounces, in no uncertain terms, all actions and speech by white supremacists—everywhere.

Indivisible Gainesville denounces, in no uncertain terms, all actions and speech by white supremacists—everywhere. The violent actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday are horrifying and reprehensible. We speak unequivocally when we say that hate has no place in our country. Our hearts are with yesterday’s victims and our utmost gratitude is with those members of the resistance who came out to show that America will not stand for hate.

As many of you have heard, known Neo-Nazi and instigator Richard Spencer is attempting to reserve the University of Florida Phillips Center on September 12th. In the coming weeks, Indivisible Gainesville will coordinate with other local progressive groups to devise a strategy that will allow us to stand together against the hateful, violent rhetoric that Spencer espouses and represents.

We will not let any act of hate pass unmentioned. Our movement is stronger when everyone is represented. We cannot allow anyone to call for the revoking of another’s rights—and we cannot allow hate to spread.

Indivisible Gainesville urges all of our members to call Representative Yoho and State Senator Perry and urge them to take a public stand against Richard Spencer speaking in our city.

We stand with you.

~The Indivisible Gainesville Team

3 comments

  • My heart is full of pain and sympathy for the injured and dead in Va. But I cannot condone the violence that would be enacted on either side of any protests. The White Supremacists, neo-Nazis and their ilk should have no friends in the USA but being the USA we must allow them to speak their vitriolic, hate filled rhetoric. As in countering an incidence of witnessed bullying you shouldn’t attack the bully but console and support the bullied. The best defense agains’t hate is love, agains’t anger is happiness. It is wrong to prevent Richard Spencer from speaking but it is right to show your objection to what he is saying with peaceful protest not violence.

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  • Yes! Please give us more information. We are a small, small, grass roots group that just formed in Jacksonville, FL. We came together on FB as a result of Charlottesville. We were just talking about the rumor of them trying to organize in Gainesville and we would love to help, share some ideas…. etc

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  • Denied!

    http://performingarts.ufl.edu/press/releases/message-from-president-fuchs-uf-denies-request-for-speaking-event/

    Message from President Fuchs : UF Denies Request For Speaking Event
    For more information call 1-866-UF-Facts

    Aug. 16, 2017
    Dear Campus Community:
    Amid serious concerns for safety, we have decided to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent event space at the University of Florida.
    This decision was made after assessing potential risks with campus, community, state and federal law enforcement officials following violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., and continued calls online and in social media for similar violence in Gainesville such as those decreeing: “The Next Battlefield is in Florida.”
    I find the racist rhetoric of Richard Spencer and white nationalism repugnant and counter to everything the university and this nation stands for.
    That said, the University of Florida remains unwaveringly dedicated to free speech and the spirit of public discourse. However, the First Amendment does not require a public institution to risk imminent violence to students and others.
    The likelihood of violence and potential injury – not the words or ideas – has caused us to take this action.
    Warm Regards,

    W. Kent Fuchs
    President
    University of Florida

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