Call for Regional Support for Operation Social Equality
Cville Weekly is at it again – just months after a popular protest by the Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), Wayside organizers and others forced them to apologize and change the editorial policy in regards to hate speech. Without a professional standard of research or fact-checking, they published a story about a late-night brawl on the downtown mall in an inflammatory, racially charged way that stirred fears and greatly exacerbated existing racial tensions. Though it was later?thoroughly debunked by the police chief, and many law-enforcement officials and reputable new outlets nationwide have declared it to be an urban myth, cville coverage repeatedly characterized the incident as a “knock-out game” attack. A white-supremacist blog picked up Cville Weekly’s initial story, spawning nationwide attention and unleashing a storm of racial hatred in the Cville’s comment section, which had to be shut down. ?Cville ?Weekly editor Giles Morris became the target of death threats from white supremacists for “censoring” them. Rather than respond to community concerns about the nature and consequences of this coverage, Morris responded with defensiveness and?increasingly problematic statements about race in Charlottesville?going so far as to state, “The educated, mobile, professional class that is Charlottesville?s future doesn?t have a race problem; ”
Two young women, Kiara Redd-Martin and Kishara Joy Griffin have been instrumental in getting the other side of the story out?and in calling for community action to address the larger issues that come into play when the news media portrays issues in such inflammatory, inaccurate and racially-charged ways. They are the founders of Operation Social Equality (see mission statement below.) Wayside Center calls for regional support of this effort. This is a vitally important moment for movement building in Charlottesville and a little regional support will go a long way. Please mobilize your community to attend and help spread the word!
Please come to Charlottesville on January 31st. ?Check out the Facebook Event.
4:00 – Gather at Lee Park next to Downtown Library – Corner of First St. NE and Market St.- and??prepare to march to offices of Cville Weekly
4:30 – 6:00 Protest at Cville Weekly Office – 308 E. Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22902
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An initiative to create social awareness-while empowering communities
We seek to work cohesively with members of the community along-side social institutions to sever the social inequalities that result from racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ethnocentrism hindering families of multi-cultural/
? Bridge Socio-economic gaps that hinder individuals from being empowered through advocacy, and involvement.
? Preserve resources for all citizens.
? Promote healing, unity, and absolute truth.
? Invoke a new consciousness in the minds of our community, especially the youth.
? Provide outreach services to disenfranchised communities in order to re-build resources, reputations, and leave a self-sufficient preserved legacy.