“We are traveling amongst like-minded people and groups across Virginia to get support for our Unity March Against Hate on August 9-12, 2020 from Manassas to Charlottesville (umah.org), said Jamie Beletz, Co-Chair of Unity March Against Hate. “Support doesn’t have to come in the form of money. It means joining our march, it means sign making, it means word of mouth communications, it means a place to rest along the way, it means water.”
So far, the march is being supported by businesses large and small, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and individuals and organizations of both political parties. From organizations like Prince William Equality to Unity in the Community, there is a groundswell of support for the 90 mile trek from Manassas to Charlottesville to mark the tragedy that occurred during this time three years ago.
Beletz explains many times each day how he came to the conclusion that he needed to have the Unity March Against Hate. I was working the polls this past November and heard people call other people the N word, insulting my Muslim brothers and sisters who were voting or who were on the ballot, and treating the disabled and elderly will great disrespect,” Beletz said emphatically. ” Over the past five decades, I’ve seen the racism. I have felt the hate. I’ve reached my limit. I’ve tried to put a stop to it by joining others. Now I’m asking people to join me.
“I have decided to do something about all of this negativity. I am a disabled Navy veteran. I served honorably in SE Asia and Afghanistan. I will always feel the physical pain. I might always experience the trauma. I have received medals from the Navy, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army and NATO. I am proud of my service to my country. All of this pride, all of my service, everything I have achieved, this will not matter if I fail to feel the pain of my convictions.” If you would like more information, please go to www.umah.org or call 202-876-6367.