Senate Resolution #829 (2019)

SENATE RESOLUTION DENOUNCING AND OPPOSING WHITE NATIONALIST AND NEO-NAZI GROUPS

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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
  • DENOUNCING AND OPPOSING WHITE NATIONALIST AND NEO-NAZI GROUPS
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
  • DENOUNCING AND OPPOSING WHITE NATIONALIST AND NEO-NAZI GROUPS
  • Introduced By: Senators Nesselbush, Bell, Miller, Goldin, and Quezada
  • Date Introduced: April 30, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • WHEREAS, White nationalist groups espouse an ideology of white supremacy and the "alleged" inferiority of non-whites. They believe that white identity should be a paramount principle in the governing of western nations and they support non-democratic means to bring this evil philosophy to the forefront; and
  • WHEREAS, The shocking and appalling events that took place on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 27, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and on April 27, 2019, in Poway, California, confirm that white nationalism and neo-Nazism remain very real threats to socialand racialprogress; and
  • WHEREAS, Throughout the course of our nation's history, white nationalism has supported and promoted coercion and violent repression of individuals solely on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and immigration status; and
  • WHEREAS, Today, white nationalism has attempted to reinvent itself, self-identifying as the "alt-right," yet their present-day rhetoric and terrorism conjure painful memories of our nation's past; and
  • WHEREAS, Today, white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups often promote agendas that are in irreconcilable conflict with many of our nation's foundational principles of liberty and justice for all; and
  • WHEREAS, White nationalism and neo-Nazism are continuing to grow as menaces to societal order that seek to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide the nation, and foment hatred that leads to ethnic eradication; and
  • WHEREAS, The white nationalists and neo-Nazi message of racial, ethnic, and social intolerance has led to senseless acts of violence that continue to terrorize members of racial and religious minority communities; and
  • WHEREAS, Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams on the principle of religious tolerance; and
  • WHEREAS, Rhode Island is the home to America's oldest synagogue, the Touro Synagogue, in Newport; now therefore be it
  • WHEREAS, White nationalist groups espouse an ideology of white supremacy and the "alleged" inferiority of non-whites. They believe that white identity should be a paramount principle in the governing of western nations and they support non-democratic means to bring this evil philosophy to the forefront; and
  • WHEREAS, Throughout the course of our nation's history, white nationalism has supported and promoted coercion and violent repression of individuals solely on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and immigration status. They have attempted to reinvent themselves, self-identifying as the "alt-right," yet their present-day rhetoric and terrorism conjure painful memories of our nation's past; and; and
  • WHEREAS, In August and October of 2018, hate groups organized by Resist Marxism attempted to hold rallies at Rhode Island's State House in order to promote racist and white supremacy agendas that are in irreconcilable conflict with our State's and our Nation's foundational principles of liberty and justice for all. Counter protesters were organized by Ocean State Against Hate, a local antifascist coalition. At both events, as is often the case with these hate group's demonstrations, the rallies turned violent and police were forced to disperse everyone; and
  • WHEREAS, The white nationalists and neo-Nazi message of racial, ethnic, and social intolerance has led to senseless acts of violence that continue to terrorize members of racial and religious minority communities; and
  • WHEREAS, Across the country, shocking and appalling events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, and in Poway, California on April 27, 2019, confirm that white nationalism and neo-Nazism remain very real threats to social and racial progress; and
  • WHEREAS, In Rhode Island, in May of 2016, a Pawtucket synagogue was defaced by a swastika, in February of 2018, racist flyers were distributed in the City of Providence, and in December of 2018, racist stickers were affixed to signs in Johnston. As each of these events came to light, politicians, religious leaders, community activists and concerned residents came together to denounce the cowardice and to stand against the racism and hate; and
  • WHEREAS, Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams on the principle of religious tolerance and is the home to America's oldest synagogue, the Touro Synagogue, in Newport: and
  • WHEREAS, White nationalism and neo-Nazism are continuing to grow as menaces to societal order that seek to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide the nation, and foment hatred that leads to ethnic eradication; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby strongly denounces and opposes the totalitarian impulses, violent terrorism, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that are promoted by white nationalists and neo-Nazis; and be it further
  • RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, the members of the Rhode Island Congressionaldelegation, and the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
  • RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, the members of the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation, and the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
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