Not My Virginia - Middle Resolution

August 20, 2017

Not My Virginia

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Dear Friends and Supporters of The Middle Resolution,

I am writing to you today with a lot on my mind. This last week has seen so much violence, so much hate, so much anger here in the Commonwealth that we call home. We live in a beautiful state. Virginia has so very much to offer, and her citizens are hard working, dedicated, patriotic people who help their neighbors and look out for one another. This is why it pains me to see Virginia in the news with headlines of hatred and violence; because I know we are so much better than that, so much more than that.

You know by now that your Middle Resolution Team is committed to making our Commonwealth better and stronger. All of us at the Middle Resolution are committed to leading with integrity and compassion as we go about our work. And I know each of you is committed to do the same.

Our mission is to ensure the founding principles of this nation – fiscal responsibility, government accountability and opportunity for all – are preserved and adhered to. But I am forced to ask myself, how can we focus on this when we are faced with the sort of violence and anger that we just saw in Charlottesville last weekend? As I have pondered this, I’ve come to this conclusion: we must not allow this hatred to distract us from our vision for a better Virginia. What happened last weekend isn’t the real Virginia. It isn’t the Virginia I know, and it was not representative of her citizens.

We are better than the events that transpired in Charlottesville and we must live that truth every day. Violence, hate, and vitriolic anger have no place in the public discourse of this Commonwealth. We can be proud of our heritage while admitting the hard and painful truths of our past. We can be the place Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned when he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” We can double down on our efforts to make our home a better, safer, and kinder place for our children. We can condemn acts of violence and hatred and celebrate acts of community and compassion. We can do this because that is the true Virginia. The Virginia I know. The Virginia you and I call home.

Together, let’s continue to work for Virginia,

Craig DiSesa

The Middle Resolution 

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