CALL FOR ACTION, JULY 2ND, 2018

Attn: White Women

Nancy Pelosi's failure to support her colleague Maxine Waters is a big, big problem. Please read + consider signing on (and sharing widely) to this Open Letter to Rep Pelosi—it is a respectful yet unapologetic call-in (as opposed to a "call-out", which is usually less about respect and more about shame) asking Pelosi to "do better" and to use her power "to support Representative Waters and the struggle for liberation for all Americans."

As the letter states: "When you attack a Black woman for speaking out about injustice, and when you call for “civility” in the face of blatant racism, you invoke a long history of white supremacist power. Writing Black women’s words off as divisive, and chastising them for raising the alarm on unjust behavior, is not merely condescending — it echoes racist tropes that have been used for centuries to dehumanize Black people and support the structures that maintain discrimination...

We sincerely hope that you can take a moment and learn from this, that you offer an apology to Representative Waters, and that, in the future, you stand shoulder to shoulder with her as we work together to fix what is so clearly broken in this country. White supremacy is wrapped on the roots and branches of our story, and it is up to us to remove it."

Note from Andrea Grimes, one of the co-organizers of this effort: "We've specifically crafted this letter as a point of praxis for white women who need to do the work to dismantle white supremacy." There is also this great petition from Color of Change, which invites *all* Dem leaders to #BeLikeMaxine https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/Be_like_Maxine…