Responding to Charlottesville: We must dismantle white supremacy.

Tides condemns the violence and hatred in Charlottesville and around the United States, and we reaffirm our commitment to equality, justice and opportunity for all. We mourn those who lost their lives or were injured and we stand with them and the countless others who have put their bodies on the line for justice. White supremacy, white nationalism, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and terrorism have no place in our country or our world. Hatred and bigotry must not go unchecked.

We stand with all of our partners — the organizing groups on the ground, the individual and institutional funders in our community, and the institutions protecting our basic rights — in their work to create a world of shared prosperity and social justice. To do this we must listen to, engage with, and follow the leadership of people who are most marginalized.

We welcome more people into this fight, encourage philanthropic support at higher levels to bolster the efforts of leaders and movements taking risks. This is not the time to hide — we need everyone’s help to dismantle white supremacy and build equitable communities, societies, and policies.

Countless Tides partners and grantees are deeply engaged in this work, such as:

Indivisible, a partner of Tides, put together a tool to find solidarity events around the country. Several other Tides partners, including CREDO, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and other Tides grantees have signed onto their statement of solidarity and are helping drive participation in the solidarity events.

Tides social venture Opportunity Agenda compiled a helpful toolkit for how to reject bigotry while demanding action. They suggest leading with values, naming white supremacy, bigotry, hate, and terrorism, calling out the history and spectrum of systemic racism in this administration and beyond, and lifting up positive solutions.

Tides is co-sponsoring a panel hosted by Northern California Grantmakers on Fighting Intolerance in the Bay Area and Beyond on September 12. The panel will examine how hate crimes, bullying, and other forms of bigotry are affecting vulnerable communities and what organizations are doing to address those complex challenges. Speakers include members from the Tides community including Tides Thoreau Center community member No Bully and our fiscally sponsored social venture, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), who will share their strategies in education, policy, organizing, communications, and other critical social change methodologies.

We will add more actions you can take here in the days to come.

In solidarity,

The Tides team

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