Working jointly, the Legal Aid Justice Center, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, and Rutherford Institute have published joint letters to State and Local officials regarding the excessive use of police force during the July 8 kkk rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. These letters are presented in their entirety below.
Solidarity Cville presents the following open letter to Charlottesville City Council on 17 July 2017.
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.
The counter-rally against the KKK on July 8 was almost entirely peaceful. Throughout the day, almost 1000 counter-demonstrators attended and creatively resisted the KKK’s message without resorting to violent measures. However, the same cannot be said for the KKK’s supporters, the alt-right, who came to the demonstration with the intent to provoke violence.
Thousands of people came to Justice Park today to confront the Klan in an act of community defense. The people of Charlottesville showed the vibrancy of our collective energy to resist intimidation and initiate change. Charlottesville is mobilizing to affirm that Black Lives Matter.
Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville residents will confront the KKK in its city-sanctioned rally at Justice Park on Saturday, July 8th. They will hold a #BlocKKKParty to show the vibrancy of collective energy to resist intimidation and initiate change. This action is one step in a larger campaign to make reparations for the city’s history of racist terror and abuse. In facing these racist terrorists, local activists demand an end to Charlottesville policies and practices that target people of color and uphold white supremacy.
The August 12 “Unite the Right March on Charlottesville” is being organized with violent intentions. Allowing the march to continue means putting Charlottesville residents in great danger.
Alert to Charlottesville local media: Local white nationalist organizer Jason Kessler has announced on his Facebook that he will be hosting a gathering with the Proud Boys today at 6:00 p.m. The Proud Boys are a militant fraternity-like organization within the alt-right that the SPLC calls a “military arm of the alt-right.” The final phase of their initiation process requires them to beat up whom they consider antifa [antifascism activists, but also used by the alt-right to include all left-wing activists].
Veronica’s words to those who came to Mt. Zion to discuss #CharlottesvilleKKK… (There was talk from community “leaders” about being strategic not emotional, the KKK trying to make us savages, wanting peaceful responses, and game and bait metaphors.)