Press Releases and Statements

 
 

4/3/19 Statement from Bayshore Progressive Democrats

Earlier today, the officers of the Bayshore Progressive Democrats (BPD) received and accepted Parker Mankey’s resignation as co-chair, officer, and member of our organization. From the standpoint of BPD, this matter is now closed.

Bayshore Progressive Democrats seeks a world that works for everyone, where all humans have a chance to realize their full potential and to live lives of dignity. Harassment and abuse are inconsistent with these values, and we reject the use of such tactics in civil society.

 

4/2/19 Statement from Bayshore Progressive Democrats

We live in highly polarized times due to nearly unprecedented levels of economic inequality and the struggles of many to obtain basic necessities of life such as housing or healthcare. The President of the U.S. has contributed to an atmosphere that encourages open hatred and scapegoating of brown people for this structural inequality, causing many to live in fear.

Yesterday a volunteer leader of Bayshore Progressive Democrats, a relatively new Democratic Club that seeks to engage people in the political process to address our current situation, posted on social media about how she chose to confront a guy sitting in a coffee shop who was wearing a "MAGA" hat. As a result of publicity surrounding her actions, today she and her family members were doxxed (had personal contact revealed to encourage threats and harassment) on right-wing social media and internet channels. She and her family have received multiple death threats and other threats of injury and harm, and is losing her employment.

Parker felt strongly that she wanted to use her privilege as a white woman to stand up for those who are living in fear because of the hateful atmosphere fostered by Trump. Unfortunately the manner in which she chose to stand up against a slogan that stands for racism led to an even stronger hateful response that has endangered her and her family.

We are acquainted with a number of examples of how nonviolent engagement has successfully changed the hearts and minds of some very racist people while not allowing their statements and beliefs to go unchallenged. Parker's actions did not follow these principles and do not reflect our organization's political philosophy and approach. We regret how her actions have further reverberated and sundered human connection in the community at-large. And we condemn those who have threatened her and her family with bodily harm.

We call upon community members to learn from this incident, to study the principles of nonviolent resistance and to teach ways to call attention to injustice while also encouraging reconciliation. It is only way that we will ultimately succeed in creating a world that works for everyone.