Statements from Concerned Charlottesville Residents Mobilizing to Challenge August 12 White Nationalist Rally

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.

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Solidarity, not Scapegoating

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.

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McIntire Park: An Even Bigger Platform for White Supremacy

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).

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Three Ways to #DefendCville: Now and on A12

  1. Right now: Send what you can to support the Solidarity Cville Anti-Racist Legal Fund. Any amount helps! Share widely.

  2. 6AM on A12: Join us at 6AM for the LoveOverFear Sunrise Service at First Baptist (632 W Main St). Let’s start our day with liberating love.

  3. 11AM-7PM on A12: Head over to BLM Cville’s Art in Action event at Champion Brewery (324 S 6TH St). Come enjoy local artists and support our community as we oppose the invading hatred.

First Time? Preparation Tips for August 12

How to Prepare for August 12 (and action in general)One of the most common questions we’ve received is “how can I help and what do I need to do to prepare?” This post will provide some specific tips on how you can help Defend Cville and will hopefully be a useful reference to kickstart your direct action career in the future. This post is not meant to be exhaustive, but it is based on first-hand experience. And a disclaimer: nothing in here should be considered medical or legal advice.

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Local groups call for support on A12

Charlottesville is mobilizing! Several local groups have called for national support to resist white supremacy and confront the rise of fascism. For more information about plans for August 12th, see the following statements from Black Lives Matter Charlottesville, Showing up for Racial Justice Charlottesville, and Congregate.

Black Lives Matter:

Showing Up for Racial Justice:


Call to Action

On August 12, the alt-right plans to descend on our small town of Charlottesville, VA. Right now they claim to be bringing as many as 1,000 people to terrorize and intimidate anyone who disagrees with their ideology of white supremacy and toxic masculinity. We must outnumber them in order to #DefendCville. This is an all call to everyone across the nation who feels called to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville to shout loud and clear that we say absolutely #NoNewKKK. Bring your friends, bring your skills, bring your voices, we are deeply grateful for every offer of support. To coordinate affinity groups, connect with housing options or ask questions of local organizers, email #NoNewKKK #DefendCville

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Solidarity Cville re-emphasizes the public safety threat of 'Unite the Right'

Mayor Signer, City Manager Jones, and members of city council, for weeks you reiterated that the only protest of the Klan that you would tolerate on July 8 in Injustice Park was to wear black and silently turn our backs on the white supremacist violence that you welcomed into our city and expended exorbitant resources to protect. You have stated, Mayor Signer, that “intolerance in government tends to breed incompetence.” We witnessed the appalling measure of that incompetence in the police’s brutal repression of non-violent protest on July 8.

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ADL includes Jason Kessler in List of 'Who's Who' Guide of Extremists

On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League released a list of 36 key figures in the alt-right/alt-light movement(s). The list included lifelong Charlottesville resident Jason Kessler, a violent “alt-right activist and white supremacist” and one of the organizers of the August 12 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. ADL’s list also includes Corey Stewart, failed gubernatorial candidate and Kessler supporter.

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