Boise Becomes the Third City in Pacific Northwest to Denounce White Nationalism
White supremacy threatens us morally, physically and politically. While the stakes vary from person to person, we all suffer if anti-democratic movements persist and grow. These movements are a cancer on our democracy, and they are a parasite that feeds on the chaos and division. White supremacist and extremist groups have used this separation as kindling and dutifully stoked it into a fire. But embers of democracy abound. We cannot stand by while these hateful forces exploit the pain people are feeling to further polarize and demoralize us.
“The extremism that has been awakened and emboldened in our country has revealed the deep trauma and pain of race discrimination that founded this country and continues to permeate every institution to the detriment of black and brown people, the poor and working class to the benefit a wealthy, white minority. Hate groups are increasingly infiltrating and deepening their foothold in rural areas of the country.
By exploiting the economic struggle and personal pain of the working class and poor, offering community, connection and a social and eventually a political analysis that offers the cause and the anecdote, albeit one steeped in bigotry and hate.
“these actors now occupy some of the most important positions in government, courts and institutions. The threat to our democracy cannot be overstated.
“United Vision for Idaho and SPLC understand that our collective liberation requires people and organizations working together in a fundamentally new way to unite rural, suburban and urban communities across the country in a shared struggle.”
– Adrienne Evans, Executive Director at United Vision for Idaho
This report by our partners at the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and the Montana Human Rights Network explores the breadth and depth of the network “People’s Rights.” What started in late March with a few dozen supporters in a rural Idaho warehouse has swiftly expanded to a membership base of over twenty thousand across the country.