March for Community Defense against All Fascism -- Statement

  • When White Europeans stole the land from the Saponi…

  • When Thomas Jefferson raped his slave Sally Hemmings…

  • When Thomas Jefferson broke the backs of slaves building his University…

  • When the KKK constructed racist statues to tower over people trying to move on and up…

  • When developers bulldoze into non-existence black communities like Vinegar Hill, Hydraulic Mills, and Union Ridge…

  • When Charlottesville justice and child protective systems destroy black families…

  • When the University of Virginia refuses their workers fair and living wages…

  • When Charlottesville builds beer gardens and high rises and not housing for the poor…

  • When Charlottesville raises a generation of black children with asthma due to excessive mold conditions in our public housing…

  • When the Charlottesville Police Department refuses to find our lost loved ones…

  • When mothers can’t stop the Charlottesville Police Department from beating their sons…

  • When we can’t bail out black mamas on Mother’s Day …

  • When armed racists can openly threaten Muslims in our public forums…

  • When torch bearing Neo-Nazis can take over our public spaces…

  • When Jason Kessler of Unity and Security For America threatens and attacks Charlottesville’s vice mayor, all black and brown people, women, queer people, trans people, and immigrants….

  • And, when Charlottesville’s White people choose to look away in silence…
    … THIS IS FASCISM!

We might say “This is not my Charlottesville!” “This is not my town!” “This is not my problem!” We might feel denial, fear, indifference, apathy, complacency, and it paralyzes our city. But, there is another way! We have come to show that we are willing to defend our communities against all fascism.

There are people already doing this work…


  • Public housing residents fighting for dignified housing.

  • UVA students and faculty banding with employees fighting for a living wage.

  • Charlottesville’s black mothers advocating for their children beaten by police.

  • Rural and indigenous communities defending their land from dangerous pipelines.

  • Black UVA students shutting down the University Corner to show support for their friend beaten by ABC enforcers.

  • People providing care and community for those seeking reentry after incarceration.

  • Families and friends remembering the dead and fighting like hell for the living of Charlottesville’s black trans community.

  • Communities demanding more justice for those lost in a currently unjust, unfair penal system.

  • Charlottesville High School students defending our undocumented.

Some do the work by simply surviving in this miasma emanating from our city’s tolerance of racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, xenophobia, and Islamophobia.

And, when you decide to shut down the platforms of white nationalism in all its forms; fight to tear down white supremacist monuments, systems, and relationships; and dig deep to expose histories of resistance, this is community defense. This is how we smash fascism!