BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Berkeley Heights Democrats issued a statement yesterday, condemning the violence committed by Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. One woman was killed when one of the extremists plowed his car into a crowd of citizens peacefully protesting their actions, 2 police officers died while patrolling the scene, and many others were assaulted and injured by the marchers, who carried Nazi and Confederate flags and chanted racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slogans as they marched. 

We join with the vast majority of Americans, including most political leaders in both parties, in calling the disgraceful acts in Charlottesville what they are: acts of domestic terrorism, perpetrated by a movement that seeks to dehumanize people of color, Jews and Muslims, and the LGBTQ community,” said George Devanney, Chairman of the Berkeley Heights Democratic Committee. “Their hateful beliefs go against everything our country stands for, and we must have zero tolerance for violence and terror as a political tool to advance their extreme agenda. As Americans, we cherish the values of equality and respect for all, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. We must always speak up and defend those values when they are attacked, as did the victims in Charlottesville.” 

Earlier this year, several neighboring towns, such as Chatham Borough, Cranford and Madison passed “Open and Welcoming Resolutions”. These resolutions publicly declared that the towns would not “condone or tolerate any form of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability or veteran status.” “We believe the time is right for the Mayor and Council of Berkeley Heights to reexamine this issue and adopt our own Open and Welcoming Resolution,” the statement continued. “It is important that our community officially speaks out against discrimination, not just as ordinary residents.” 

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While Berkeley Heights Democrats would ordinarily not speak out on national issues, added Devanney, “This is no ordinary time. It is a time for all of us to get involved, and to work together to ensure that the values that make us Americans will triumph over the forces of fear, hate, and violence. We must take action on all levels, locally, statewide and nationally, to make this happen.” 

All Democrats who are interested in joining the Berkeley Heights Democrats are encouraged to email Mr. Devanney at George@keywoodstrategies.com, or Stephen Yellin, President, Berkeley Heights Democrats Club at stephen@bhdems.com. Residents can find updates on the Berkeley Heights Democratic Party on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bhdems