Speak Up and Take Action

August 14, 2017 | Civic Engagement, Culture & Community, Dialogue

In light of what took place on Saturday, August 12, in Charlottesville, VA we at TMI would like to take this time to offer our condolences to the family of Heather Heyer and to those who were injured in the violence that broke out.

This is a time to come together and condemn the disgraceful, racially driven actions of white supremacy groups and all organized groups whose only purpose is to harm and devalue other races, cultures, and ethnicities.

At times like these, TMI would like to offer tips on how you can speak up and take action to combat these radical and racial ideals in a positive and non-violent way.


  1. E-mail or call your state and local representatives. Tell them how you feel about the threat of violence and communicate your expectations of them.
  2. Work with local peace-building groups to protest, raise awareness, build relationships, and learn skills to make your actions more effective.
  3. Be mindful of what you share on social media. A few fact-checking clicks, like snopes.com can help keep your resources reliable and trustworthy.
  4. Have a plan for when people say or do racist or violent things when you are a bystander. State ACLU chapters have apps, like Mobile Justice, that you can download and open for live-streaming events. Be prepared to speak up against bigotry if you are confronted with it and feel safe to.
  5. Stay safe! Stay strong! Speak out!