21st LDD Resolution Against Hate – Young Dems

Resolution Condemning Hate Groups and Depriving Them of Democratic Platform

WHEREAS a hate group is defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as “an organization that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics;”

WHEREAS The New York Times cited Eric Kaufmann, a professor at Birkbeck University of London on the intersection of ethnicity and politics, giving this definition of white nationalism: “the belief that national identity should be built around white ethnicity, and […] maintain both a demographic majority and dominance of the nation’s culture and public life;”

WHEREAS the Inland Northwest has historically been a hotbed of systemic racism and anti-indigenous colonialism, which has fueled white-identity extremism, separatism, and terroristic activity, requiring sustained community resistance as well as combat and dispersal by federal law enforcement;

WHEREAS groups such as Identity Evropa, Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys, and others engage in campaigns of propaganda and harassment in support of white supremacy, white nationalism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, ableism, and ethnic and religious exclusion, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; 

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1 Southern Poverty Law Center, “Frequently asked questions about hate groups” https://www.splcenter.org/20171004/frequently-asked-questions-about-hate-groups#hate%20group (accessed: 24 February 2019) 2 Amanda Taub, “‘White Nationalism,’ Explained,” ​The New York Times,

​ 21 November 2016.  https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/world/americas/white-nationalism-explained.html​ (accessed: 24 February 2019) 3 ​Mike Carter, “Resurgent hate groups have long history in Washington, Northwest,” ​Seattle Times,

​ 24 August 2017 Revision. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/resurgent-hate-groups-have-long-history-in-washingtonstate-northwest/?fbclid=IwAR3xgIgEuKkuZodY7ZmUcah70LiFXxk7JuxhWGvDKkL4xWNcnX63AHoDxY0 (accessed: 24 February 2019) 4 Bill Morlin, “Scourge of Hatred,” ​The Spokesman-Review,

​ 7 February 2010. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/feb/07/scourge-of-hatred/​ (accessed: 24 February 2019) 5 Jonathan Glover, “Racist flyers posted in downtown Spokane,”, ​The Spokesman Review,

​ 19 March 2018   ​http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/19/racist-flyers-posted-in-downtown-spokane/ (accessed: 24 February 2019) 6 ​Christopher Mathias​, “​Portland’s Patriot Prayer Rally Could Be Most Violent Since Charlottesville, Activists Say,” ​Huffpost,

​ 03 August 2018 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/portland-patriot-prayer-proud-boys-rally_us_5b646217e4b0de86f4a 0ba04​ (accessed: 24 February 2019) 7 Rosanna Cooney, “Two ‘fraternities’ like no others,” ​The Inquirer,

​ 24 August 2018. https://www.philly.com/philly/news/two-fraternities-like-no-others-20180824.html​ (accessed: 24 February 2019)

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WHEREAS other groups, such as Northwest Grassroots and Respect Washington, offer 8 9 normalizing platforms for these harmful movements and their attempts to undermine American values by directing US and Washington State policy toward oppression through force of law; 

WHEREAS hate groups, and those that seek to normalize them, often use the presence of elected officials to legitimize their gatherings and by extension their propaganda; and 10

WHEREAS the propaganda espoused by hate groups is antithetical to the Democratic values of diversity, inclusion, and a safe society for all;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the 21st Legislative District Democrats will honor local history of popular and political resistance to systemic oppression, xenophobia, and racism, and condemn white supremacy, white nationalism, and fascistic speech and violence in all its forms.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the 21st Legislative District Democrats will not offer a platform to any organization that espouses white nationalism, white supremacy, or other exclusionary philosophies that are counter to the American value that we are “e pluribus unum,” one people out of many places and cultures. 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the 21st Legislative District Democrats ask our elected officials and community leaders to shun involvement with hate groups or organizations that offer platforms to white nationalists: to not join, support, or promote said organizations.

THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the 21st Legislative District Democrats will share this resolution on their website and social media accounts, send a copy to all our Democratic or non-partisan endorsed elected officials, and share it with every candidate seeking endorsement from the 21st Legislative District Democrats

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8 Chad Sokol, “Spokane GOP chairwoman defends alt-right provocateur James Allsup at tea party meeting,” ​The Spokesman-Review,

​ 31 July 20 18. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jul/31/spokane-county-gop-chairwoman-defends-james-allsup/ (accessed: 24 February 2019)  9 Kip Hill, “Ballot initiative on immigration policing in Spokane again shot down by appellate judges,” ​The Spokesman-Review,

​ 29 January 2019 https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/jan/29/ballot-initiative-on-immigration-policing-in-spoka/ (accessed: 24 February 2019) 10 ​Claire Provost, “Why is the US government meeting LGBTQ ‘hate groups’ and dangeling money in front of them?”, ​opendemocracy.net,

​ 26 July 2016 https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/claire-provost/us-government-anti-lgbt-hate-groups-money?fbclid=I wAR2j1bVdi4IICSqTh5_eeT95FkCLVKM9_K8NgmRqM-UzOQb47HHaVnSQL3Q​ (accessed: 24 February 2019)


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___________________, Chair

21st Legislative District Chair

Proposed:  Collin Richard Carlson

Memorialized:

Passed by 21st Legislative District Democrats at regular meeting, ___________ in ____________, Washington, for submission to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee.

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Date

Submitted by the undersigned Snohomish County Democrats PCOs and the general membership:

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