Solstice Statement on the Events in Charlottesville

It has been a tragic and disturbing week in America. Events in Charlottesville and in Washington have given a national platform to ideologies of violence and hatred. The same racism that threatens people of color daily claimed another life, that of Heather Heyer, an activist and advocate for social justice. In Boston, Solstice’s home, a holocaust memorial has been vandalized twice in six weeks, and white supremacists plan to rally this weekend on Boston Common. We cannot progress as a country when we fail to condemn, or when we actively defend, individuals who commit violence and march to uphold racism and oppression.

Equally, though, this past week has renewed our determination to eradicate from our society all forms of hatred--including racism, white supremacy, and antisemitism. Solstice was founded to achieve equity in an energy system that has far too frequently failed to meet the needs of low-income communities and communities of color. We are committed to work for environmental and economic justice within the context of broader struggles for dignity and equality.

As individuals and as an organization, we express solidarity with those who fight for these ideals in other movements and communities. Solstice stands with Heather Heyer and the 19 people who were injured in the same attack, all targets of racist violence, and everyone who works daily to dismantle systems of oppression.

--The Solstice Team