Anti-racist activists Veronica Fitzhugh and Jeff Fogel were found not guilty this week for their respective charges of obstructing a public passage and assault. Solidarity Cville and the Charlottesville community in general have demanded for months that these charges be dropped. The not guilty verdicts vindicate these demands.
Another community member has been arrested for protecting Charlottesville residents from the violence of white supremacists on August 12th. Corey Long turned himself in this past Friday after the white supremacists who attacked Charlottesville swore out a warrant against Corey for disorderly conduct and assault and battery. Corey is beloved in his community, known for taking care of others. Now he is known nationwide for a photograph of him with an ignited spray can shielding an elderly man from a group of white nationalists swinging flags at them. This photo emerged as one of the most powerful images of community defense and guardianship against the intimidation, extreme force and brutality that neo-Nazis perpetrated as promised against Charlottesville residents. Shortly after that photo was taken, a Nazi fired a gun at Corey.
Today, community members and UVa students shut down the Planning Commission meeting to stand in solidarity with DeAndre Harris and declare that business cannot go on as usual in the face of injustice. They held banners that read “Justice 4 DeAndre” and “Cville Is Not For Sale.”
Charlottesville activists, University of Virginia students, and other community members rebuke the “Concert for Charlottesville” as a show of false unity. Activists released a video calling on Charlottesville to enact racial justice and show solidarity with communities of color. Flyers and signs outside the concert reiterate the messages of the video and declare “No Unity without Justice.” These are the latest in a series of actions since July 8 through which community members have presented demands for racial justice.
Following Saturday’s violent and deadly gathering of white supremacists and white nationalists in Charlottesville, local groups that helped organize elements of Saturday’s counter-protest echo the call made by the Movement for Black Lives to organize this weekend in every corner of this country:
Cross-posted from Daily Kos Charlottesville is mobilizing to fight fascism and resist white supremacy. Local groups including anarchist people of color, Black Lives Matter, and Showing up for Racial Justice have been on the streets of Charlottesville since the Nazis showed up for their first torch rally months ago, and before then, too. We need you to work with us to defeat fascism. Join us! Hope resides in action. Here are four specific actions you can do immediately to support Charlottesville. These actions are requested directly from the Black Lives Matter group that is part of our resistance network.
Charlottesville, VA - Thousands of activists, faith leaders, congregants and concerned Charlottesville residents are mobilizing in response to the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally scheduled for noon this Saturday in downtown Charlottesville. The following are statements selected from organizers across the Solidarity Cville network.
We stand united in rejecting the Daily Progress’s August 10, 2017 editorial. White supremacy is a system, it is not an individual. We come together on Saturday to reject this structure of racism and oppression that marginalizes communities of color and the poor in our city every day. Blaming white supremacy on black politicians is absurd and dangerous. It scapegoats those who stand up against systems of white supremacy and does not acknowledge our complicity in structures of oppression, injustice, and racial terror.
Monday — just five days from the Unite the Right rally — Charlottesville City Council held a press conference addressing the possibility of moving the white supremacist rally from Emancipation Park to another location. Citing Emancipation Park’s size (1.4 acres) and proximity to the downtown mall, as well as the likelihood that the rally’s attendees will exceed 400 people, the City approved the permit under the condition that the rally be moved to McIntire Park (130 acres).