This is the livestream of the anti-Trump #HostForHate action in which people are risking arrest to stand up for love in the face of hate.
The following are statements from members of Groundwork, the SURJ group in Madison WI, on their reasons for taking action today against Donald Trump.
|Kristen Brock-Petroshius, Groundwork Madison & Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
“I don’t want to live in a world where my kids are taught to fear and hate Muslims, immigrants, Black people and queer people. Trump is inciting state and vigilante violence that targets these communities, including my own family. I am scared for myself, my kids, my country and I am acting to show the world we can choose a path of justice.”
|Ali Brooks, Groundwork Madison
“I cannot sit by and hope that the extreme racism and nationalism Trump has incited will go away if we just ignore it. When my family members, neighbors, and people I love- immigrants, Muslims, Black people, queer and trans folks, people with disabilities- are being targeted by violence and hateful rhetoric, the risks are too great.
It is time to escalate, and it is time for white people en masse to show up and say that we will not allow racism to divide us and distract us from the real problems we face. Another way is possible!”
|Harry Gilbert, Groundwork Madison
“I understand my/our acts of resistance today to be not only against Trump, his power, his virulent brand of rhetoric, and his policies of violence; I understand our actions to be a critical refusal of his conditions of possibility: capitalism, white supremacy, cis-hetero-patriarchy, empire. I understand that the historical context through which he has emerged is a context that I share, and in that sense, I have an unpayable debt to which I am accountable.
I understand my/our actions to be in solidarity with and energized by other actions across the United States, as well as other local and global liberation and abolitionist movements, and everyday acts of resistance, survival, and celebration. I understand our being together today not simply as some step in the process towards a future that we desire, but an enactment, however short and imperfect, of that future.”
|Z! Haukeness, Groundwork Madison & Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
“The tolls of the Trump effect are real, both with hate crimes like the killings that happened in Milwaukee recently, and the hateful anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ legislation that has been spreading quickly across the country.
I am taking action to shut down Trump and to shut down hate speech that is endangering the lives of the people I love. As a white person I can’t sit by and see the violence ratcheted up against people of color in my life, as a trans person, I know Trumps hate targets me too.”
|Johanna Heineman-Pieper, Groundwork Madison
“In my heart I believe standing up to this hate is the right thing to do. As a gay person of color, I directly feel Trump’s threats and I am afraid for what that means for our community.
While I am fearful of violence from counter protesters, I have always been one to stand up for what I believe in and am willing to do whatever it takes. #NoHateInOurState #BlackLivesMatter”
|Shawna Lutzow, Groundwork Madison
“I am taking action because I will not tolerate hate and bigotry. Trump’s tactics have encouraged people to speak out and act out on their racism and I am fearful for the future. I feel like it is my responsibility, as a white person, to put my body on the line in the name of justice and I am prepared to do what it takes to stand up to hate.”