TAKE 'EM DOWN NOLA, PEOPLES ASSEMBLY CALL:
SATURDAY, 1 PM
CONGO SQUARE TO JACKSON SQUARE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE SUPREMACISTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Take Em Down NOLA (TEDN) strands firmly with the anti-racist forces that today confronted the forces of Nazism and white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We totally condemn the pro-white supremacist statement of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, who erroneously equates those U.S. fighting for freedom and democracy with those fighting for oppression and racism.
These are the white supremacy forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s campaign and from his racist policies. Trump refuses to utter the words racism and white supremacy. It is precisely this discussion that must be had if we are to make progress in the USA.
The white supremacists who protested against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville committed acts of domestic terrorism: one person is dead and 19 are injured. TEDN stands in solidarity with the anti-white supremacy forces that are waging struggles to remove all symbols of white supremacy throughout this country. On our part, we will continue our struggle in New Orleans to expose white supremacy and to remove all statues, and names of streets and schools, that honor white supremacists.
TEDN is issuing a call for arrests of all those who took part in this act of domestic terrorism.
We the people of New Orleans demand that the Mayor and City Council take immediate action to remove all monuments, school names and street signs dedicated to White Supremacists. These structures litter our city with visual reminders of the horrid legacy of slavery that terrorized so many of this city's ancestors. They misrepresent our community. We demand the freedom to live in a city where we are not forced to pay taxes for the maintenance of public symbols that demean us and psychologically terrorize us. We demand:
That the city release a timeline for the immediate removal of the monuments;
That the city expand the definition from 4 specific monuments to encompass all monuments to White Supremacy;
That the city develop a community driven process for the removal of the monuments and the choosing of their replacements.