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.

Continue Reading →

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:
https://medium.com/@lifeofDVS/august-12th-facing-the-alt-right-and-everything-after-a077cf41bbaf

Showing Up for Racial Justice:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1944849539086464/

Congregate:
https://congregatecville.com

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 mailto:Defend.Cville@protonmail.com. #NoNewKKK #DefendCville

Continue Reading →

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.

Continue Reading →

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.

Continue Reading →

Injured Community Members Expose Police Brutality at July 8 Anti-Klan Protest in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – Community members injured by police at Saturday’s city-sanctioned KKK rally are speaking out about the brutality of area police forces against Charlottesville residents. Supporters of those injured by the police demand that the City of Charlottesville make amends for unwarranted escalation. Redress must include dropping all charges against those arrested Saturday, and dropping previous charges against local racial justice activist Veronica Fitzhugh. Included are documented instances of police brutality against community members.

Continue Reading →