NPC Statement of Apology Regarding the Charlottesville Medical Funds

We know that for many, this statement may be too little, too late.

We owe the deepest apology to all of the survivors who have been left waiting for support funds they desperately need while recovering mentally and physically from the neo-fascist attack on Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. We also owe a tremendous apology to the Charlottesville and Richmond DSA chapters who have been filling the gap in support to their comrades on their own as they try to recover from the attack themselves. The antifascist work these chapters and their allies have done in the aftermath of A12 has been tremendous. Socialism must rise to the challenge to stop surging reactionary nationalism all over the world—we failed to do that with the prompt distribution of these funds. We must offer our continued support in any way we can.

On October 14th, 2017, the National Political Committee referred action on funds received from a GoFundMe account for the survivors to the interim Steering Committee of the DSA National Political Committee. The Steering Committee voted to hand over funds to the National Compassion Fund (NCF) for dispersal to survivors with medical expenses. For more information on how we received the funds and why we chose to give them to the NCF, you can review this timeline of events drafted by Charlottesville DSA or our national Charlottesville FAQ where we have been posting updates.

As of the date of this statement, DSA’s National Political Committee was notified by the NCF that this devastating delay was due to difficulty communicating with the survivor’s healthcare providers and there are still up to three survivors with outstanding documentation requests not returned by healthcare providers. Our National Director Maria Svart was also told by the NCF that survivors may have submitted the necessary documentation, but won’t receive funds until their healthcare providers confirm the documentation. We find it unconscionable that this process has resulted in survivors continuing to wait for funds.

We handed the Charlottesville medical funds over to the NCF because of our inexperience handling large support funds like it. We take the threat of legal or other regulatory related attacks from political opposition in and outside the state to DSA very seriously. We should have had  a clear plan for pressuring the NCF should the process for releasing the funds be drawn out, such as it has been, and had a clear designee in regular communication with our chapters on the ground.

Moving forward, we will take steps to follow the NCF closely and use our organizing capacity to push them to release the remaining Charlottesville medical funds immediately.

  • Natalie Midiri of the National Political Committee has been designated as our official point of contact regarding the Charlottesville funds. Natalie will be contacting the NCF every week and forwarding an update on the status of the funds to the NPC, DSA’s National Staff, as well as the Charlottesville and Richmond DSA chapters. They will also update the public Charlottesville FAQ on our website with a status update.
  • For now, we ask that DSA members please refrain from individually calling or contacting the NCF via mail because we fear that pressure on their administrative staff could delay things even further.

In Solidarity,

The DSA National Political Committee

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