Sims to introduce resolution condemning the terrorist attack in Charlottesville

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., circulated a memo today to his colleagues in the House of Representatives that he is introducing a resolution calling on the legislature to officially condemn the terrorist attack carried out by white supremacists and nationalists in Charlottesville, Va.

"I am calling on all my colleagues, progressive and conservative, Democratic and Republican, to stand united and send a message to not only condemn and reject to those advocating such a repugnant ideology, but also stand and support the millions of Pennsylvanians they seek to intimidate and harass."

In his memo to colleagues seeking co-sponsors, Sims said, "What began as a purported white nationalist rally organized to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee devolved into a proving ground for white supremacists, white nationalists, and alt-right activists, to further deepen the racial divide that has worsened since the election of our nation’s commander-in-chief, President Donald J. Trump.

"When studying the history of our nation and our world, we often wonder what we would have done if we were living in Germany during the late 1930s when fascism spread like a disease or whether we would join those courageous American icons who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday,” Sims said. “This is our generation’s test. This is a new era, where we face the same vile hate generations of Americans before us had the courage to confront and conquer. It is now incumbent upon us to do the same.

"We must lead by example where others have fallen short by expressing a categorical and unequivocal condemnation of the actions perpetrated by those who wish to further divide our great nation."

Sims, a policy attorney and civil rights advocate from Center City Philadelphia, is the first out LGBT person elected to Pennsylvania's General Assembly. He represents the 182nd Legislative District, which includes Rittenhouse, Fitler and Logan squares, the Gayborhood and parts of Washington Square West, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Graduate Hospital and Queen Village.