R 380
2017 -- H 6384
Enacted 09/19/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ackerman, Mattiello, Shekarchi, Morgan, and Filippi
Date Introduced: September 19, 2017

     WHEREAS, On Friday, August 11, 2017, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville,
Virginia, several hundred White supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the KKK, marched
through the streets with torches, yelling bigoted, racist and anti-Semitic chants as part of a "Unite
the Right" rally; and
     WHEREAS, Filled with rage and bigotry, professing the goal to "take America back" and
protesting the removal of a Confederate monument, many of the extremists carried shields, clubs,
and guns; and
     WHEREAS, By the following day, violence had inevitably erupted, and ultimately, three
innocent lives were lost; and
     WHEREAS, On Saturday, a group had gathered to demonstrate against the social
injustice and hatred being promoted by the rally. After numerous confrontations and multiple
injuries, the rally was declared an unlawful assembly. As both sides were leaving, a car driven by
one of the rallygoers, rammed into a crowd of counterdemonstrators, killing Heather Heyer, and
injuring nineteen others; and
     WHEREAS, In addition, two Virginia State Police troopers Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and
Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, who were monitoring and providing video of the events from a
helicopter crashed, killing both men; and
     WHEREAS, The racial divides and hatred that fueled these violent events cannot be
tolerated. As individuals, as a state, and as a nation, Americans of all races, creeds and colors
must unite against the vile bigotry, rage, and anti-Semitism that continues to plague our world;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby comprehensively and completely denounces the bigotry, prejudice,
and anti-Semitism of the "Unite the Right" rally and condemns the ideologies of all hate groups
who systematically judge, minimize, persecute, or obstruct individuals based on skin color,
gender, or religion and moreover urges all Americans to unite against those who espouse hatred,
discrimination, and violence; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby extends its deepest sympathy to the families of
Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Mayor of Charlottesville, VA, and members
of the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation.