The Tri-State Human Relations Coalition (Tri-States) supports the work of individuals who serve on local, county, state, and federal human relations agencies who seek to eliminate discrimination.  We provide information, education, encouragement, and support for the various human relations groups addressing human relations issues facing individuals, groups, and communities.

Tri-States believes in the values upon which our country was founded: all people are equal and deserve equal treatment and respect.  Thus, we denounce the horrible events that took place in Charlottesville recently.  We believe that there is no place for racism, sexism, extremism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism shown by the white nationalists and Nazi sympathizers.  Hatred and violence should not be tolerated, and we will do our best to stand strong against the forces that propagate hatred and promote bigotry.

We offer our sympathies for the loss of life and injuries that people experienced in Charlottesville.  We hope for healing among those physically and emotionally injured because of these events, whether injured in attendance or affected by the heinous images visible in the media.

Yet, we believe that Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, the protestor of intolerance who was killed in Charlottesville, powerfully stated our course of action when she quoted Heather: ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’

And that outrage calls each of us to take positive action against the divisive actions and the callous response of some political leaders.  We encourage all to stand strongly for positive moral values and principles that can bring people together.  Attend a vigil.  Contact elected officials.  Join a group that facilitates justice, peace, and inclusion.  Write letters.  Take a stand.

Tri-States will continue to work toward for the values we believe in, and we will encourage all human relations agencies to continue their good work in supporting civil rights, diversity, and inclusion.