The Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) joins many other communities around the country in condemning the message of white supremacist groups this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the violence that they engendered.

We join the many voices around the nation in denouncing the hatred we saw on display, recognizing that this tragedy is not an isolated incident, but rather the manifestation of centuries of systemic violence, racism, and anti-Semitism in this country. We send our condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Jay Cullen and Berke M. M. Bates, and we hold in our hearts those who were injured while standing up to injustice.

What happened in Charlottesville can serve as a teachable moment for Houston’s residents and leaders. As residents of one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we are proud of our city and our country’s diversity. At times like these, we must speak up, call out, and stand united against cruelty, bigotry and hate. We know that Houston is stronger when all of our communities feel safe in the expression of their unique ethnic and cultural backgrounds and we are committed to ensuring that Houston is an inclusive and welcoming city.

The Houston Coalition Against Hate is a network of community-based organizations in Houston that have come together to collectively address incidents of bias, hate, discrimination and violence against Houstonians because of their religion, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and immigration status.

Signatories (as of 8/16/17):

Alliance for Compassion and Tolerance
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Anti-Defamation League – Southwest Region
Asia Society Texas Center
Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of
Galveston Houston
The Chinese Community Center
Council on American Islamic Relations – Texas
Daya, Inc.
Holocaust Museum Houston
Houston Endowment
Houston GLBT Political Caucus

Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative
Houston Police Department
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Justice For Our Neighbors Houston
Migrant Rights Collective
Montrose Center
My Brothers Keeper (MBK) Houston
OCA-Greater Houston
The Rothko Chapel
Stardust Fund
The Simmons Foundation
Texas Organizing Project
United We Dream – Houston
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work