Vets Fight Back Against The Politics Of Hate
“Today I am standing against Trump’s message of Islamophobia and bigotry. I am a proud American. I believe in this country and our shared values of diversity, peace, and unity, which I swore to uphold and defend as a U.S. soldier.”
—Crystal Cravens, US Army veteran
In February 2016 we launched #VetsVsHate in collaboration with Iraq Veterans Against the War to push back against the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric of the 2016 election season. “Vets Vs. Hate” was coined immediately following a veteran-led action at a Trump rally in Myrtle Beach, SC, and subsequently became both a rallying cry and widely-used hashtag. Because of this momentum, veterans across the country continue to join this movement to confront the politics of fear and hate.
Stories about the #VetsVsHate movement have appeared in over 50 traditional media outlets, including appearances by veteran leaders on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC. Actions have also been featured in web videos on Huffington Post and Now This, and in major papers like The New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.