A woman I have never met is dead. Heather Heyer was a 32 year old paralegal and she was killed by a speeding car driven into a crowd by a nazi in Charlottesville Virginia yesterday August 12th. The car struck a portion of the crowd that was mostly members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a union for which I was once an organizer and delegate. It is now clear from reports received that she was a member of the IWW.
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In the lead up to a planned nazi rally in Charlottesville Virginia today, August 12th, a huge outpouring of resistance to hate swept the community. In addition to hundreds of anti-fascist activists traveling there from around the country, local and student activists planned a weekend of events. Additionally faith leaders held anti-hate services and businesses refused to serve identifiable members of so called alt-right groups.