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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Heather Heyer: A New Martyr in the Struggle For Black-white Unity and Social Justice by PAT KELLY (from NL #104

 Heather Heyer: A New Martyr in the Struggle For
Black-white Unity and Social Justice


On August 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia, Heather Heyer was murdered and 19 other counter-protesters were injured when a young pro-Nazi white supremacist deliberately drove his car into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators.  Sister Heyer and hundreds more were there to oppose a march by white supremacist and neo-nazi forces. The reactionaries were there protesting the decision to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee.  A 32 year old white women from nearby Ruckersville, Virginia, Heather Heyer, a bartender, waitress and paralegal, marched in unity with her Afro-American brothers and sisters and many others to oppose the reemerging white supremacist violence inspired by the Trump regime.

Susan Bro, Heather’s mother, told Rolling Stone magazine that

“My child’s famous Facebook post was ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying Attention.’”  In Huffington Post, “She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong, she always, even as a child, was very caught up in what she believed to be fair.” “Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred … Heather was about bringing an end to injustice.”

Despite her profound grief Susan Bro gave a very positive and inspiring eulogy by saying “So, remember in your heart, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.  And I want you to pay attention, find what’s wrong, don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way, you make a point to look at it, and say to yourself, what can I do to make a difference? And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile.” “I’d rather have my child, but by golly, if I got to give her up, we’re going to make it count.”

The working class and oppressed peoples in the USA need to resist and defeat the Trump-inspired drive toward fascism on the road to workers power! Let’s make the martyrdom of Heather Heyer count!

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