Amid threats of protests from those on the far right, counterprotesters arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to defend the memorial service for Heather Heyer, the victim of a premeditated fatal car attack during a white supremacist rally in the city over the weekend.
The counterprotesters — members of the “antifa,” or anti-fascist, movement — arrived in the hours leading up to the memorial service toting baseball bats and purple shields, journalist Taylor Lorenz reported. Read more (8/16/17 12 PM)
Protesters in Durham, North Carolina, toppled a Confederate monument on Monday. A 2015 North Carolina law prohibits the removal of these types of statues. Meanwhile, officials in Maryland and Kentucky have announced plans to remove Confederate monuments.
In Durham, North Carolina, Monday evening, protesters who gathered to speak about Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville surrounded a nearby Confederate statue, tying a rope around it and pulling it to the ground, the News & Observer reported. Read more (8/15/17)
Across the country Sunday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets to denounce white supremacy.
Huge groups of solidarity mobilized in Los Angeles, New York, Memphis, Denver and more. The gathered to condemn white supremacy and pay tribute to the victims of the hateful Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA.
“Racism is evil,” Trump said Monday, two days after the violence in Charlottesville. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs — including the KKK, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.”
But for the thousands of people who showed up outside Trump Tower in New York City on Monday evening to protest, the president’s words were a bucket of ice water on a violent blaze in America that was left to burn out of control for far too long. Read more (8/14/17 6 PM)
Demonstrators gathered in New York City’s Union Square on Sunday afternoon to stand in solidarity with the anti-racist protesters and victims of violence at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The solidarity rally was organized by the NYC Democratic Socialists of America in association with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, the NYC district of the International Socialist Organization, the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council and NYC Industrial Workers of the World.
In a statement posted on the protest’s official Facebook event page, the organizers said the five groups “are joining together … to remember our comrade who lost their life and show solidarity with our comrades in Charlottesville in their struggle against white supremacy.” Read more.(8/13/2017 4:30 PM)
Hundreds of New Yorkers stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Brooklyn in protest of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday that left a 32-year-old woman dead and many others injured.
The Rally for Peace & Sanity — which was organized by NY Indivisible — saw a throng of activists, politicians, and everyday New Yorkers come together on Sunday morning at Grand Army Plaza in solidarity with the anti-racism protesters who threw themselves in harm’s way at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said the Virginia rally was the largest gathering of white supremacists in the United States in decades.
With signs emblazoned with rebukes of white nationalist bigotry, those at the Brooklyn rally gathered to send a clear message to the rally attendees in Charlottesville: That racism, hate and violence had no place in their vision of America. Read more.(8/13/2017 1:50 PM)