Gainesville Community Comes Together to Reject Hate

We did it! We united as a community. We stood up against hate. Our hearts are full of pride and love for the people of Alachua County, Gainesville, and the University of Florida. We thank you for calling and writing in opposition to Richard Spencer speaking in our town. We also thank President W. Kent Fuchs for protecting his students, faculty, staff, and community from the risk of imminent violence.

White supremacy, which advocates for violence against people solely because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or political ideology, has no place on the University of Florida Campus, in Gainesville, or in America.

In the past few days, we have been proud to see organizations and neighbors come together to mobilize a response to the threat that faced our city. Together, as a united community, we demanded that white supremacists not be allowed to visit and incite violence in our beautifully diverse town — and our voices were heard.

Our friends and neighbors of color have known that racism has never left America. We must listen to the experience of those in marginalized communities and lift our voices much louder in support of their fight for equality.

Today, we celebrate this major accomplishment. Tomorrow, we get back to work.

In Solidarity,
~The Indivisible Gainesville Team

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