Disconnect White Power
Make it hard to hate in Tacoma.
Hate has no place here.
Attention:Nazis. Hammerskins. Proud Boys. Patriot Front.
From Point Defiance to the 512 interchange and beyond: We reject your destructive ideology of hate. You want to be visible. We're here to make you visible and open our neighbors' eyes to what you want to teach their children.
Disconnect White Power is engaging in direct action to inform the public about cells of white hate community as they develop and as we expose them.
As we build this site out:
Watch for billboards near business owned by known hate group members.
Learn the symbols appropriated and used by these hate movements so you can spot them in your neighborhood (Link to Anti-Defamation League).
Anonymously Report public displays of hate speech or planned fascist demonstrations for research and resistance.
Read local news, contributor blogs, and updates on direct action.
Find resources to help identify and report illegal activity to law enforcement.
The charred remains of homes and storefronts, crumbling staircases, and the twisted remains of child-sized bed springs are the souvenirs of a crime so horrific that General Charles de Gaulle ordered the remains of the town be left untouched - to bear witness to what happened there.
“Souviens-toi,” implores the lone sign at the entrance to the site. Remember.
Guest author and Tacoma resident Annie describes the realizations about white supremacy that a childhood spent in white poverty have provided her, including its root causes and and how to combat its spread.
For too long, the hope had always been that we can ignore white supremacists and they'll go away. We'd frustratingly - yet far too quietly - complained when they would plaster their racist propaganda posters around town or hang their banners on an overpass of I-5. But this year has been different. In 2018, Tacoma in uniting to tell these unwelcome guests that it’s time to go.
It's officially summertime in the PNW, and this week the fine interchangeable white ladies of the, er, Interchangeable White Ladies podcast are discussing how to beat the summer heat, oh and also how to beat Nazis.
We all watched in horror as the news coverage of the white nationalist marches and subsequent clashes with counterprotesters unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, last year. How such a brazen display of white supremacy could play out publicly in a US city in 2017 seemed unfathomable to many watching. Unfortunately, as we've seen since then, it wasn't an isolated incident. And now, it's happening just down I-5 from the South Sound in Portland - of all places.
Making space for honest, equal disagreement is not a simple matter – since such discussion has a way of bringing up embarrassing points for people in power, people in power often seek to prevent such discussions.
Such spaces are, however, essential for a just world. Recent protest movements such as the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter, which I write about in my recent book “Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance,” can be understood as desperate attempts to crowbar open public space for such awkward but necessary discussions.