Tonight, DAN folks and friends took some time to show solidarity with the good people of Charlottesville, with Heather Heyer and her surviving family and friends, with the victims of racial violence everywhere. It was a vigil. Just a small thing. Some candles, some signs, some openness.
One of the hardest parts about living abroad is the helplessness that sets in when something bad happens back home. In this case, Nazis and white supremacists descended on the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, and when counter-protesters showed up to confront the hate, sparks flew. And it appears that one Nazi-sympathizer drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters and killed a young woman.
These are old evils. Not merely the Nazis with their pathetic flags and chants, nor the skinheads and Klan members with their torches and hoods. These men are vessels of something far older than the American Civil War. The evil is the selfish belief that any difference in skin color or religion or language or birth place or gender or sexuality would make men enemies, would make one human superior to another.
What can we do?
I believe that there are many things we can do, but one of the most important is to show up. Even a world away, it helps.
We gathered at one of the least famous monuments in Oslo’s most famous sculpture park, because it’s always a good idea to hang out with our favorite liberal, old Honest Abe. We talked about freedom and how we can stand up for our fellow man. We comforted one another and looked down the road together.
As Lincoln said, "To give freedom to the slave is to assure freedom for the free, honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve."
Thank you to everyone who came. Thank you, also, to the Virginians and those with a connection to the state for being willing to share better stories of a place that doesn't deserve to be branded by this tragic event. And finally, thank you to the parents who came and brought their little ones. There are few things more beautiful than seeing people model this dedication to peace, love, and civic engagement for their children. It gives me hope.
We hope to see you at another event soon. Our monthly pub night series with Drinking Liberally is held on the Last Tuesday of each month at Siste Sang brewery. You can find the next event on Facebook here. And we’ve got a few things coming up this fall, both educational and social. Like our Facebook page for all updates.
Top photo, Democrats Abroad Norway Vice Chair Jonathan Roth, Chair Audrey Camp, Legal Counsel Danielle DeRose and Christina Skovsgaard at the ACCN sponsored Independence Day - 4th of July celebration and picnic in Oslo. Bottom photo, DAN at Oslo Pride Parade.
Democrats Abroad Norway, in partnership with Drinking Liberally Oslo, is proud to announce a social gathering themed “Science Party”. We are very lucky to have Dr. Bridget Falck, an American astro-physicist with the University of Oslo. Dr. Falck is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. Her research focuses on understanding how large-scale structure forms in the Universe using cosmological simulations. She is interested in questions such as: How did the cosmic web form, and what are its dynamics? How can we use large-scale structures to test theories of gravity? How best do we store, organize, and process massive amounts of simulation data? You can see more about her research here: https://folk.uio.no/bridgetf/research.html. And yes, there are still 20 beers on tap ready for testing. Join us!
Welcome to a colorful party and march! Democrats Abroad Norway will walk with hosts Vendepunkt and Klimavalgalliansen and over 40 other organizations for a turning point in climate policy. For details go to https://www.facebook.com/events/315289545557971/?fref=ts.
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