Thursday, August 17, 2017

Echoes of Charlottesville heard in Delco

The echoes from Charlottesville are reverberating across Delaware County.

First, hundreds gathered Sunday at the Media Courthouse to take a stand against hate.

Then the Haverford Board of Commissioners became the first local municipal ruling body to take official action condemning the actions that unfolded in Virginia. The board voted unanimously to issue a proclamation "strongly condemning the violence, neo-Nazi, racist and anti-Semitic symbols and language used by some of the participants in a white supremacist rally.

Yesterday Delaware County Council joined the chorus, voting to send President Donald Trump a resolution condemning Nazism and racism as an assault, an evil that needs to be decried.

"The promotion of Nazism and racism in the United State of America is an assault on the truth and rights that we, as Ameircans, cherish and for which truths and the rights of millions of Americans fought for during World War II," the resolution states.

Last night nearly 200 hundred people gathered at a Swarthmore church in a show of unity and prayer. They responded to the tiki torch-carrying white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville with fire of their own, lighting candles here in Delco. The message also is being heard in Harrisburg.

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Lower Merion and Haverford, is asking his 49 fellow state senators to sign on to a resolution condemning "bigotry, violence, and the warped philosophy of neo-Nazis and white supremacists."

Leach is running for the Democratic nomination to face Republican incumbent 7th District congressman U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan.

Both of Delaware County's Republican state senators, Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, and Sen. Tom Killion, R-9, of Middletown, indicated they will back the resolution.

"The hatred and bigotry perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville was atrocious and cannot be tolerated," Killion said. "I condemn such repulsive behavior. The diversity of the people of this country is what makes us great."

Finally, last night in Philadelphia, thousands hit the streets in what they vowed was a response to white supremacy.

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